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image for Historic Site item typeEwenny Priory at Ewenny Priory (Cadw)

  • Cadw Welsh Government

Historic Site, free entry

Ewenny Priory

Ewenny Priory

Details

An unusually warlike religious settlement

Founded in 1141 by Maurice de Londres as an offshoot of Gloucester’s Benedictine abbey, Ewenny Priory’s austere church, presbytery and transepts are the finest surviving examples of Norman Romanesque architecture in this part of Wales. Also notable are the settlement’s uncharacteristically robust defences, consisting of impressive walls and gates that can still be seen today.

It’s unclear exactly why a small and comparatively insignificant place like Ewenny would require such fortifications: were they built for show rather than defensive purposes? While the protective walls probably had little to do with it, Ewenny Priory has enjoyed a long and active life – the Norman nave still serves as the local parish church.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsAccepts groups

Disabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm. Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

Free entry

Contact

Enquiries

Address

Ewenny,
Bridgend,
CF35 5BW

Location

Directions

Plan route to Ewenny Priory (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SS 912778  Lat: 51.48873 Long: -3.56782

Take the A48 west from Bridgend, left at roundabout onto the B4265 (signed for Llantwit Major), pass a right turn for Merthyr Mawr, turn next left (signed Corntown) and first left (signed Historic Priory Church).

Accessible by Public Transport: 3 miles from Bridgend station

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed