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The future of Neath Abbey – local residents’ survey

Cadw regularly assesses the potential impact of its sites on the local community, the people of Wales and visitors. As part of this work we would be interested to hear your views on potential future uses for Neath Abbey.

Historic sites in Wales have the potential to improve well-being and engage positively with the communities they are located in as well as attracting visitors and delivering benefits to the economy. Your views are essential in ensuring all opportunities are considered as part of any potential future developments at Cadw sites and Neath Abbey in particular.

Neath Abbey Survey


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

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January


Category Price


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