St. Dogmaels Abbey

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St. Dogmaels Abbey
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
The 12th century ruined abbey is nestled next to the Teifi estuary in the authentic coastal village of St Dogmaels, only a 5 minute drive from Cardigan town and the beautiful sandy beach at Poppit Sands. Free entry to the ruined abbey is available all year and the site has an excellent cafe, museum and shop in their eco Coach House (next to the Abbey and the the working watermill Y Felin) The museum contains some of the earliest Christian stones made from bluestone (the same stone found at Stonehendge) and a collection of medieval carved stones that once adourned the abbey. The child friendly centre has a computer reconstruction and virtual and audio tours of the abbey are available. There is a weekely Tuesday Farmers market at the abbey and annual outdoor Shakespeare plays on the first week of August and an annual Medieval Fair on the August Bank holiday. Parking is available next to the Abbey and a short 4 minute walk away in the centre of the village.
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Excellent Abbey ruins & visitor centre
Oct 2021 • Couples
Abbey has extensive ruins to walk in with information boards. There is an excellent visitor Center with cafe and small museum with information about the abbey and some ancient stones on display. The staff were friendly and chatty. We had coffee and cake first and then after walking round abbey and river side we had lunch - amazing value, large portions and tasty. I had butternut squash soup with large wedges of warm crusty bread and piece of Welsh cheese and my husband had Welsh cheese and ham baguette with salad.
Lovely way to spend a few hours even if the rain!
Written October 18, 2021
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Patric D
Sandbach, UK613 contributions
Atmospheric ruin
Sep 2021
The Abbey ruins are siyuated in the heart of the town and there is a nearby public car park. The ruins are free toe nter and are quite extensive. There is plenty of information to read to bring the place alive.
Certainly worth a visit and agreat picnic spot too.
Written September 27, 2021
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Chris M
Brecon19 contributions
Informative visit to a pre-reformation abbey
Sep 2021
Though ruined, plenty of information boards letting you know the original purpose of buildings when it was a functioning abbey, together with drawings of what the abbey may have looked like at that time. Disappointing that the adjoining cafe/centre had no vegan food.
Written September 19, 2021
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egt1953
Wales, UK125 contributions
History
Sep 2021
It’s was fascinating walking around the Abbeyand Churchyard and reading the stories - brave St Dogmaels lost at sea .a relative lost his life in WW2 and he was originally from St Dogmaels
Written September 15, 2021
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anonemouse081
Coventry, UK123 contributions
Lovely quiet spot
Jul 2021
We settled on the grass here with drinks and food from the Abbey Cafe. It's free access and a nice small place to visit. It is on a hill, so if you are of limited mobility there are a few tables and chairs behind the cafe at the bottom that you can sit and admire the view of the ruins. The cake is very good from the cafe.
Dogs on leads allowed
Written July 25, 2021
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louiseholistic
Penarth, UK797 contributions
Atmospheric
May 2021 • Couples
An interesting place to wander round, with the large ruined abbey contrasting with the Norman church. A pretty duck pond and nice cafe with friendly staff.
Written June 23, 2021
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Kathryn B
Swansea, UK185 contributions
Calming abbey with interesting remnants
May 2021
We came here as part of a wider day out including Cilgerran Castle and Pentre Ifan burial chamber. While it may not have the size of Neath Abbey or be as intact as Tintern Abbey what is left here is worth visiting. Remains of the former abbey church are the most prominent remains here, the West window allowing for great photo opportunities. The 16th Century North Transept is also an impressive feature. What's most amazing about this place, besides the peaceful atmosphere typical of abbeys, is the tiles that still exist in some parts of the complex, particularly around the crossing and the nave. The infirmary also remains largely intact. The other buildings of the abbey may be limited to foundations but you can still get a sense of the life the monks had here. The fact that this abbey was part of a different order (Tironian monks) than many other abbeys also adds to the interest of this place. Parking is available near the abbey but it is limited, and it should also be noted that as of writing the visitor centre is closed. Overall an amazing abbey definitely worth seeing as part of a wider trip in the area (as many other sites are nearby).
Written May 10, 2021
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philski74
Swansea, UK305 contributions
Things you didn't know
May 2021 • Couples
We hadn't researched or deliberately visited the Abbey in St Dogmaels, but we found it whilst walking the stunning coastal path.
The whole area is beautiful and the presence of such a well preserved history is an added bonus. There's a stone that is the origin of translation of Ogham (ancient Irish) and some amazing historical facts.
The grounds are well kept and there is plenty of information about the Abbey and its construction/use over the past 1,000 years.
Definitely a good place to take a break from your coastal walk and find out something that probably should be better known.
Written May 10, 2021
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Thecatsmother
Penarth, UK105 contributions
Beautiful place to visit
Apr 2021 • Family
Loved the time we spent wandering around here. Coincided with the farmers market. It was a beautiful sunny spring day over Easter. Couldn’t have been better. Very interesting.
Written April 11, 2021
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Adamdanielwatkins
95 contributions
Beautiful spot
Apr 2021 • Family
A lovely little spot quite hidden away. Very informative information signs dotted about the area and a visitor centre.

You couldn’t spend all day here but it was nice to see
Written April 10, 2021
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St. Dogmaels Abbey is open:
  • Sun - Sat 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM