St Dogmaels Abbey and Coach House

St Dogmaels Abbey and Coach House

St Dogmaels Abbey and Coach House

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.

The Coach House

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.

Opening times

1 April 2019 - 31 March 2020

Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm

  • Last admission 30 minutes before closing
  • Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
  • For yearly opening times please click 'View all visitor information'

Admission costs

Adult - Am ddim/Free
Family - Am ddim/Free
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - Am ddim/Free
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free
Admission is free to the Abbey and Coach House but there is a nominal charge for entry into the ‘stones’ collection

Facilities and information

Audio tour Car park Disabled access Dogs welcome Exhibition Gift shop No smoking Refreshments Toilets Disabled toilets Video presentation
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dogs on leads welcome
  • No smoking
  • Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.
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Postcode SA43 3DX

Car Road A487, A478, A484 to Cardigan, B4546 to St Dogmaels

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For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50