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Visitor Notice

Neath Abbey will be closed from 20-24 March 2023.

As part of our continuing commitment to conserve and develop the abbey, our teams will be carrying out a Geophysical Survey to help us better understand the archaeology of the monument and surrounding area.

Please check our Find a place to visit page for ideas of where to visit near you.


A site of power – both religious and industrial

Along with Llanthony Priory and Tintern Abbey, the ruins of Neath Abbey are the most important and impressive monastic remains in south-east Wales. Founded in 1130 by Norman knight Sir Richard de Granville, by the late 13th century it had become one of Wales’s wealthiest abbeys.

Around 50 monks lived here, alongside an even larger number of lay brothers who worked at the abbey’s estates on tasks which probably included mining coal for domestic use. Much later, the heavy hand of the Industrial Revolution was almost its downfall, the abbey becoming a copper smelting plant with furnaces, workshops and workers’ dwellings, and having an ironworks as its next-door neighbour.

Thankfully it survived this ignominious episode.

Virtually the entire layout of the abbey and its buildings can still be seen today, confirming the sheer scale of this prosperous religious settlement.

Opening times

Daily 10am–4pm*

Neath Abbey will be closed from 20-24 March 2023.

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January


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Car park icon Dogs welcome icon No drones icon No smoking icon

Car park 30m from entrance to monument (approx. 4 cars).

There are no dedicated disabled spaces.

Dogs on leads welcome to access ground floor levels of the site.

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.


1m (1.6km) W of Neath, off A465. Neath 2m (3.2km)

Postcode SA10 7DW