Valle Crucis Abbey (Cadw)

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Majestic medieval abbey was legendary for its lavish feasts

Valle Crucis was truly Welsh from the moment it was founded in 1201 by Prince Madog ap Gruffydd and the ‘white monks’ of the Cistercian order.

Its Latin name (Valley of the Cross) refers to the nearby ninth-century Pillar of Eliseg, erected for the glory of a Welsh chieftain. Monks had names like Tudur and Hywel.

Such home-grown sympathies might well explain the damage suffered during the wars of the English king Edward I and the uprising of Owain Glyndwr. But it remains one of our best-preserved and most atmospheric medieval abbeys.

Valle Crucis began in austerity but was later celebrated by poets for its lavish hospitality – meals served in silver vessels and ale ‘flowing like a river’. In Wales only Tintern Abbey was richer when it was dissolved by royal decree in 1537.

You’ll believe it when you first glimpse the majestic west front of the abbey church. Elsewhere among the romantic ruins painted by Turner are the rib-vaulted chapter house and the only surviving monastic fishpond in Wales.

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Accessibility

  • Facilities for hearing impaired

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • Picnic site

Children

  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Entering Llangollen from the east on the A5, turn right in the centre onto the A542 signed for Ruthin (approaching from the west, this turn is signed A539 for Ruabon), left at a T junction for the A542 and after 2 miles, the Abbey is signed to the right.
Bus: 4km/2.5 miles Llangollen Bridge End Hotel, route No X5, Wrexham-Llangollen

Accessible by Public Transport: Ruabon station is 8 miles away.

Valle Crucis Abbey (Cadw)

Type:Abbey

Llangollen, Denbighshire, LL20 8DD

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