Still a popular place of pilgrimage
The holy well at St Winefride’s has been a place of pilgrimage since at least 1115. It is said to spring from the spot where 7th-century Welsh abbot St Beuno brought his niece Winefride back to life, though it’s likely that this story may actually have much older, pagan origins. The chapel itself dates from the late 15th century. Set into the hillside, it’s a striking and unusual building, richly decorated and exceptionally well-built. On the bottom floor, the spring water bubbles up into a star-shaped basin beneath an elaborately vaulted ceiling before flowing out into a more recent outdoor pool, where pilgrims still visit to bathe in its waters with their claimed healing properties.
Reputedly the oldest continually visited pilgrim site in Britain, it’s on the route of the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way that travels along the Llŷn Peninsula to Bardsey Island, the legendary ‘Isle of 20,000 Saints’.
No admission charge to visit the chapel.
The chapel is locked. Please collect the key from the curator at the Visitor Centre.
There is a £5 returnable deposit for the key.
Accessible toilets available at this site for visitor use.
Bike storage area available in car park or close to site.
Parking for approx. 6 cars plus one dedicated disabled parking (approx. 30 metres).
Access to the chapel is down a flight of steps, along a short level path and then up a couple of steps to the main door.
There is good level access.
On-site exhibition within monument.
Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.
Site guidebook available to purchase online and in selected visitor centres.
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.
Visitor toilets are available at this site.
Postcode CH8 7PN
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.