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Historic Site:Neath Abbey and Gatehouse (Cadw)

  • Cadw Welsh Government

Historic Site, free entry

SA10 7DW



Founded in 1130 by Norman knight Sir Richard de Granville, by the late 13th century it had become one of Wales’s wealthiest abbeys. Around 50 monks lived here, alongside an even larger number of lay brothers who worked at the abbey’s estates on tasks which probably included mining coal for domestic use. Much later, the heavy hand of the Industrial Revolution was almost its downfall, the abbey becoming a copper smelting plant with furnaces, workshops and workers’ dwellings, and having an ironworks as its next-door neighbour. Thankfully it survived this ignominious episode.

Virtually the entire layout of the abbey and its buildings can still be seen today, confirming the sheer scale of this prosperous religious settlement.

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.


Free entry




SA10 7DW


Plan route to Neath Abbey and Gatehouse (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SS 737973  Lat: 51.66060 Long: -3.82599

From the A465 at Neath, take the A474 (signed Pontardawe), then immediately onto the A4320 (signed Neath Abbey) and left at a mini roundabout into Monastery Road; continue under railwaybridge and Neath Abbey on left.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1.5 miles from Neath station


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed