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Grade 1 listed, the Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Margam (Margam Abbey), is the only nave of a Cistercian Abbey in Wales still in use as a church, with magnificent Norman Romanesque architecture. Once the richest monastic house in Wales, it was a great centre of learning and culture, surviving the Dissolution through the patronage of the Mansel and Talbot families.

The church includes the superb Renaissance Mansel tombs, William Morris windows, Victorian refurbishment in the Anglo-Catholic style, Talbot Chapel with its imposing Gothic marble effigy of Theodore Mansel Talbot, historic vestments, and pipe organ, a rare work by Augustus Gern.

Theatrical History Tour- Saturday 7 September at 11am. Discover the history and drama of the medieval life of Margam Abbey and its place on the road to Magna Carta. See and hear from King John as you witness the drama which resulted in the Great Charter of 1215. Meet medieval monks who talk about their daily lives and discover this fantastic history on a tour of the Cistercian ideal.

Trails and Tales - Sunday 8 September at 11am. A walking history of deaths and burials, around the historic Margam Abbey graveyard. Stout walking shoes required; some uneven ground. Murder, Mayhem, Pathos, Poison!

No booking required.

Address - Margam Abbey Church, Margam, Port Talbot, SA13 2TA.

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Directions - junction 38 M4. Take exit to eastbound A48. Abbey church is first turning left. Follows signs. Free parking.




Event times

Day Times
Sat 07 Sep 2024
10:00 - 16:00
Sun 08 Sep 2024
10:00 - 16:00