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Whitland Abbey was the Mother House of the Welsh Cistercians, and was founded in 1151. It housed a thriving community of monks over the centuries, until it was one of the many monastic locations that was dissolved by Henry VIII. It is also a royal mausoleum, where the bones of several of the royal princes and their families were buried.

Now it is a ruin, which was unloved and uncared for, for decades and centuries, until recently. You can still sense the majesty of the place when you visit though, and get a sense of what used to be.

There will be medieval-themed activities and stalls on site throughout the two days for all the family, ranging from medieval armour, archery and scything demonstrations; with honey, preserves and beeswax candles to buy for example.

There will also be cream teas to buy and space for bring-your-own-picnic. Plus topical talks and hopefully some special guests to entertain people. 

No booking required, but people are advised to park in Whitland itself and walk to the event, because there is very limited parking nearby. To find out more, including parking advice and the detailed timetable of events, please contact the site beforehand - email is better -  

Tel: (01994) 240867

Location - Whitland Abbey ruins. 1 mile north of Whitland, off the A40. Nearest postcode SA34 0LG.

OS: SN209182

Directions - from the A40/B4328 roundabout north of Whitland, take the minor road heading north in the direction of Llanboidy and turn left almost straightaway, immediately passing the Roadhouse Restaurant on your left. Keep on this narrow road for 3/4 of a mile. Whitland Abbey ruins are on your left, just after you pass a side road.

Parking is very limited - please contact beforehand for details about parking.




Day Times
Fri 23 Sep 2022
10:00 - 18:00
Sat 24 Sep 2022
10:00 - 18:00