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  • Cadw Welsh Government

Historic Site, free entry

Talley Abbey

Talley Abbey

Details

Talley was founded in the 1180s by Rhys ap Gruffydd (‘The Lord Rhys’, native ruler of the south Wales kingdom of Deheubarth) for the monks of the Premonstratensian order. This was the first and only abbey in Wales for the Premonstratensians, monks who were also known as the ‘White Canons’ from the colour of their habit.

The church tower, standing almost to its full height, is the most impressive feature of the ruined abbey, which never enjoyed the wealth and success of the Cistercian religious settlements – quite widespread throughout Wales – that inspired it. Lack of funds meant that the church was never fully completed, though the outline of the footings demonstrates the scale and ambition of its design. The ruins stand in an idyllic setting beside Talley’s twin lakes.

Regional Tourist Board Member

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

Contact

Enquiries

Address

Talley,
Llandeilo,
Carmarthenshire,
SA19 7AX

Location

Directions

Plan route to Talley Abbey (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SN 632327  Lat: 51.97645 Long: -3.99233

From the A40 just north-east of Llandeilo, take the B4302 to Talley and turn left in the village where signed to the Abbey. Follow this road and access to the Abbey is by the church.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 7.5 miles from Llandeilo station

Facilities

  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed