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This remote medieval festival church is close to Porth Ysgo coastal path and has been a pilgrim route for one thousand years.

Maelrhys was a cousin of Cadfan who established the monastery on Bardsey Island in 516AD.

It is a very simple single nave church, with Georgian box pews and servants benches; sister church to St Hywyn's in Aberdaron village; listed in Small Pilgrim Places Network.

RS Thomas, the Welsh Poet and Priest, continued to lead services here in his retirement. Thomas's son and his wife, the artist ME Eldridge, are buried here.

Revd Jim Cotter, the writer of liturgy and a campaigner in the Church, is also buried here.

Llofft RS Thomas, in a small upper room, is a place of sanctuary where you can take a rest from walking, read Thomas' poetry, look at photographs and listen to recordings of him reading his poetry. There's even a kettle and water to make yourself a cuppa!

The specific Open Doors event, on Wednesday 18 September 7.30pm – 8.15pm, will be Contemplative Reflection by Candlelight : Poetry & Music. There will be poetry, music and stories by candlelight, with harpist Ffion Wood.

Booking required -

01758 703039

Monthly meditations

Address - St Maelrhys Church, Porth Ysgo, Aberdaron, LL53 8AN.

Directions - from Aberdaron toward Rhiw village - turn right at the crossroads towards Porth Ysgo, follow the road for 1 mile.

The church and RS Thomas Llofft are open every day between 9am – 5pm.