This monument is open and free to visit with no pre-booking required.
Check our opening times and facilities below; please act responsibly and be respectful of the local area during your visit.
Please adhere to Welsh Government social distancing guidelines and coronavirus restrictions at all times and do not attempt to access enclosed spaces.
Ewenny Priory house is a privately-owned property and not in the care of Cadw. When visiting Ewenny Priory Church please respect the privacy of the residents of Ewenny Priory house.
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
Parking for 7 cars available, no dedicated disabled parking.
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.
Smoking is not permitted.
Postcode CF35 5BW
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.