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image for Historic Site item typeSt Dogmaels Abbey and Coach House (Cadw)

  • Cadw Welsh Government

Historic Site, free entry

St Dogmaels Abbey

St Dogmaels Abbey

Details

A spiritual and cultural powerhouse on the banks of the River Teifi, once famed for its impressive library. One of St Dogmaels’ literary gems, the 13th-century Eusebius’s Historia Ecclesiastica, survives to this day in St John’s College, Cambridge.

St Dogmaels Abbey was formally founded by Robert fitz Martin and his wife, Maud Peverel, on 10 September 1120, and built on, or very near to, the site of the ancient pre-Norman-conquest church of Llandudoch. The church, which stands alongside the abbey today, is of much later Victorian origins. Links with the medieval past remain amongst the ruins of the old abbey church where original 15th-century floor tiles can still be seen in large areas along the length of the nave.

The site takes its name from Dogmael, a 6th-century Christian saint, reputedly the cousin of St David, Wales’s very own patron saint.

Construction of the abbey continued from the 12th through to the 16th century when, following the dissolution, it was converted into a private mansion. High profile individuals such as Gerald of Wales (Giraldus Cambrensis) and the archbishop of Canterbury enjoyed the overnight hospitality of the abbey.

In the restored Coach House there is an innovative museum and visitor centre that displays a collection of early Christian stones and the beautiful carved medieval stones that once adorned the abbey.

The Coach House also has a cafe that prides itself on producing freshly prepared snacks using local ingredients wherever possible and serves Fair Trade teas and coffees. The Coach House is operated by Hanes Llandoch.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaGift shopOn-site cateringPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking 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

Admission is free to the Abbey and Coach House but there is a nominal charge for entry into the ‘stones’ collection.

Contact

Enquiries

Address

St Dogmaels,
Cardigan,
SA43 3DX

Location

Directions

Plan route to St Dogmaels Abbey and Coach House (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SN 164458  Lat: 52.08024 Long: -4.67988

At the junction of the A487 & the A478 just south of Cardigan, take the B4546 to St Dogmaels; the Abbey is signed to the left in the village.
Bus: Richards Brothers to/from Cardigan, services 407 and 405 (Poppit Rocket).
Bike: NCN Route No.82

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed