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“Good - worth a call” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Neath Abbey

Neath Abbey
Monastery Road, Neath SA10 7DW, Wales
44-292-050-00200
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Ranked #4 of 13 things to do in Neath
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Merthyr Tydfil, S Wales
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“Good - worth a call”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Lovely hour out at the Abbey which I have past several times but never visited. Before my trip I did some research and had read on the CADW website that work was being performed and that areas were fenced off. Sadly, most of the abbey is so I will return when maintenace preservation work continues.

Visited September 2013
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Kearney, Missouri
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“larges Abby in Wales”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This was a great find and suprise. Neath Abbey was a Cistercian monastery, located near the present-day town of Neath in South Wales, UK. It was once the largest abbey in Wales. Substantial ruins can still be seen, and are in the care of Cadw. Tudor historian John Leland called Neath Abbey "the fairest abbey of all Wales.".

Visited August 2013
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“Wonderful place for a family picnic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

Visit these ruins on a regular basis, the history of the place fascinates me and my family absolutely spending summer afternoons here. Like someone has previously mentioned, more information boards wouldn't go amiss but regardless of this the whole place is fantastic.

Visited July 2013
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Neath, United Kingdom
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“Worth a look”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Neath Abbey is worth a visit as you can still get a perspective of how it was before the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536. At one time it was the largest abbey in Wales and one of the wealthiest. It's profitability was based on not only agriculture(mostly wool) but coal was also mined on the estate. The abbey held lands throughout the old county of Glamorgan and Somerset but the abbey itself was located in an area not wholly controlled by the Normans. On at least one occasion, the order considered relocation but circumstances stopped the plans. The abbey engaged in trade throughout the Bristol Channel and probably beyond. By the end of the thirteenth century the abbey was well established and was the second richest in Wales(behind Margam, only a few miles away and an excellent place to visit). In 1536 it was one of three abbeys in Wales to escape dissolution but it was short-lived, the abbey was surrendered to the Crown in 1539. Sadly, as with almost all of the monasteries in England and Wales anything of value was sold off. To further denigrate the old abbey, part of it was used for copper smelting in the eighteenth century. At least now the abbey is under the control of Cadw and is well kept and I find the site has an air of serenity about it.
Nearby are small remains of Neath's Roman fort and the current Tesco's stand on the site of the first Norman motte and bailey castle in Neath(the 2nd, stone castle is on edge of the town centre, about half a mile away). Neither of these are really worth viewing but they do have an interesting history and played their part in the Roman and Norman conquests of Wales.

Visited July 2012
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Neath, United Kingdom
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“Great site, Could do with more Visible Information.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

A really interesting site, and fantastic for photography. There is a board detailing certain information on the Cistercian monks that occupied the site but around the ruins it would be a good idea to have information and facts about the location that you were standing.

As I found myself using Google to read up on information about the Abbey and its interesting History, including this:

King Edward II took refuge at Neath Abbey, but was betrayed after he left, it is said by one of the monks, and died in murky circumstances at Berkeley Castle. The traitor is supposed still to wander the ruins, seeking absolution..''

Visited March 2013
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