When visiting Ewenny Priory Church please respect the privacy of the residents of Ewenny Priory house.
(Ewenny Priory house is a privately-owned property and not in the care of Cadw).
An unusually warlike religious settlement
Founded in 1141 by Maurice de Londres as an offshoot of Gloucester’s Benedictine abbey, Ewenny Priory’s austere church, presbytery and transepts are the finest surviving examples of Norman Romanesque architecture in this part of Wales.
Also notable are the settlement’s uncharacteristically robust defences, consisting of impressive walls and gates that can still be seen today.
It’s unclear exactly why a small and comparatively insignificant place like Ewenny would require such fortifications: were they built for show rather than defensive purposes? While the protective walls probably had little to do with it, Ewenny Priory has enjoyed a long and active life – the Norman nave still serves as the local parish church.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
Postcode CF35 5BW
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.