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Valle Crucis Abbey

Valle Crucis Abbey

Cistercian monks were an austere lot. Solitude ruled absolute. Finding this remote yet magical location must have at least raised a smile or two amongst the serious-minded brethren. Perfect fit for a glorious medieval abbey.

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Building work got underway in 1201. Seven centuries later and the abbey is one of the best-preserved in Wales. Even the monks’ fishpond is still full of water!

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From its cloister to chapter house, with striking rib-vaulted roof, this abbey was shaped by the devout nature of its inhabitants. The abbey was also remarkably self-sufficient. Thank the lay brethren. They were happy to leave the choir monks to their prayers while they got on with the job of tending the land. All friends together? Not quite. The monks observed their daily offices in the choir, separated by a screen from the lay brethren who worshipped in the nave of the abbey church.

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Valle Crucis Abbey suffered a serious fire and numerous attacks but went on to earn a reputation for its appreciation of the literary arts.

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In 1535 it was ranked the second richest Cistercian monastery after Tintern. By this time the Cistercians had relaxed their orthodox austerity. A comfortable heated suite was created for the abbot. This new-found wealth and hospitality didn’t last long. Valle Crucis was dissolved by royal decree in 1537.

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Valle Crucis Abbey Details


Entrance Charge

  • Adults £2.60 Reduced Rate £2.25
  • Family Ticket £7.45 (admits 2 adults & all children under 16)
  • Children under 5 FREE
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Prices valid until 31st March 2010. Assistance dogs only. No smoking.

Opening Times

Last admission 30 mins before closing. 1 Apr-30 Sept 09: daily 10am-5pm At all other times this monument will be open but unstaffed between 10am-4pm

Contact Details

Map Available

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Valle Crucis Abbey
Denbighshire LL20 8DD UK
phone: 01978 860326 fax:
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