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  • Cadw Welsh Government

Historic Site, £2.40-£4

Strata Florida

Strata Florida

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There is much to captivate at this evocative, historically important site. Is Latin double dutch to you? Strata Florida translates from Latin simply as the Vale of Flowers. Want to try the Welsh? Here you go - Ystrad Fflur.

The Cistercian monks of the Middle Ages were quite the entrepreneurs. They might have sought wild and lonely places to practise their religion but, like eager developers, they took advantage of this rural location near Tregaron to amass vast amounts of land. They needed the space to farm thousands of income-generating sheep. They also built roads and bridges which brought pilgrims and traders to the abbey. A shrewd move.

Strata Florida quickly became not only a site of huge religious significance in Wales but also a natural home for Welsh culture. Dafydd ap Gwilym, one of the best known of Wales’s medieval poets, is buried here under a yew tree.

You only need admire the majesty of the huge carved west doorway to appreciate how impressive this building must once have been. The plan of the church can still be clearly traced and, rather remarkably, some of the original richly decorated tiles from the abbey are still intact. One of them, ‘Man with the Mirror’, depicts a medieval gentleman admiring himself in a mirror!

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Gift shopOn-site light refreshmentsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening Details

Open all the time

24 March - 4 November 2018 Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm.
6 November 2018 - 31 March 2019 Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm. Free entry during this period. Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

Prices valid to March 2019
Adult - £4.00
Family (2 Adults & up to 3 children under 16) - £11.60
Seniors - £3.20
Students and children under 16 - £2.40
Children under 5 - Free

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Address

Pontrhydfendigaid,
Ceredigion,
SY25 6ES

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Directions

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Map reference: SN 746657  Lat: 52.27562 Long: -3.83886

A487 south from Aberystwyth, left onto A4120 (signed for Devil's Bridge) and immediately right onto the B4340 (signed for Trawsgoed) and continue on this road to Pontrhydfendigaid. Or travelling west towards Aberystwyth on the A44, take the B4343/A4120 roads to Devil's Bridge and onto Pontrhydfendigaid. In the village, left where signed to the Abbey.

Bike: NCN Route No.82 passes 1.5 miles away close to Pontrhydfendigaid.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 17 miles from Aberystwyth station

Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
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