Valle Crucis Abbey

Accredited Attraction — Wales
  • Valle Crucis Abbey

    Valle Crucis Abbey

  • Valle Crucis Abbey

    Valle Crucis Abbey

  • Valle Crucis Abbey

    Valle Crucis Abbey

  • Valle Crucis Abbey

    Valle Crucis Abbey

  • Valle Crucis Abbey

    Valle Crucis Abbey

A visit to this fascinating site evokes the lives of the Cistercian monks

Cistercian monks loved all things austere. Solitude ruled absolute. Finding this remote yet magical location must have at least raised a smile or two amongst the serious-minded bretheren.

Building work got underway in 1201. Eight centuries later and the abbey is one of the best preserved in Wales. Even the monks’ fishpond is still full of water!

From its cloister to chapter house, with striking rib-vaulted roof, this abbey was shaped by the devout nature of its inhabitants. The abbey was also remarkably self-sufficient thanks to the lay brethren. They were happy to leave the choir monks to their prayers while they got on with the job of tending the land. All friends together? Not quite. The monks observed their daily offices in the choir, separated by a screen from the lay brethren who worshipped in the nave of the abbey church.

Far from an easy life, Valle Crucis Abbey suffered a serious fire and numerous attacks but went on to earn a reputation for its appreciation of the literary arts. In 1535 it was ranked the second richest Cistercian monastery after Tintern. By this time, the Cistercians had relaxed their orthodox austerity. A comfortable heated suite was created for the abbot. This new found wealth and hospitality didn’t last long. Valle Crucis was duly dissolved by royal decree in 1537.

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Opening times

1 April - 3 November 2019


Wednesday to Sunday 10am–5pm

Monday and Tuesday free entry 10am–4pm

Wednesday to Sunday normal admission prices apply

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

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Admission costs

Adult - £4.20
Family - £12.20
Member - Am ddim/Free
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free
Juniors (Aged 5–17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans - £2.50

Seniors (Aged 65+) - £3.40

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children

All children under 5 receive free entry

Prices valid from April 2019

Facilities and information

Car park Dogs welcome Exhibition Gift shop No smoking Picnic tables Portable induction loop Refreshments
  • 01978 860326
  • A toilet is available for users with a disability and limited mobility 
  • 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.
  • This site is registered on the No Fly Drone website
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Postcode LL20 8DD

Car Road On A542 from Llangollen, approx 3km/2mls (on RHS)

Rail Rail 18km/11mls Wrexham, Chester-Wrexham/Shrewsbury route

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