Valle Crucis Abbey

Valle Crucis Abbey, Llangollen

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Valle Crucis Abbey

Valle Crucis Abbey
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A visit to this fascinating site evokes the lives of the Cistercian monks Cistercian monks loved all things austere. Solitude ruled absolute. Finding this remote yet magical location must have at least raised a smile or two amongst the serious-minded bretheren. Building work got underway in 1201. Seven centuries later and the abbey is one of the best preserved in Wales. The displayed opening times are our general pattern. Please check the Cadw website for specific times and days, including closures.
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Jonesey1910
North Wales, UK26 contributions
Oct 2021
Paid £4.50 to walk around it that took about 20 minutes. We were staying on the site and still have to pay full price. Was nice to to walk around but not really much to see and not alot of information/history around. Could not go in tot he little house by the river due to covid and distancing but there was only me and my partner and another couple there. There was more people in the actual shop than on the grounds.
Written October 27, 2021
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George S
14 contributions
Oct 2021
Located next to a very large caravan and static caravan park, is not what one expects when visiting such an important location. This feature detracts greatly from the required and expected 'aura' of the building and its purpose.
We arrived a few minutes before the site was closed for a one-hour lunch break and were unable to gain access.
Written October 16, 2021
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Jason
Bangor, UK2,032 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
A brilliant free day out to this outstanding location at the foot of the Horseshoe Pass. Staff were extremely friendly and informative. Parking could be improved as there is a busy holiday park thoroughfare and it does get congested.

The abbey is brilliant and oozes history. It has the distinction of being the last monastic abbey built in Wales.
Written September 17, 2021
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Dave T
11 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Booked on line as advised. Went on bank holiday Monday and the site was still very quite..the staff are very friendly and the guidebook informative. The Abbey is mainly a ruin but it and the grounds are really well looked after. Had a great hour there and will go back for more as we are members of cadw
Written August 30, 2021
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Kitwe73
Dalton-in-Furness, UK174 contributions
Aug 2021
This was a real gem. The Abbey was situated on the campsite we stayed at and we decided to look around. The ruins are beautiful and the are wonderful views beyond every wall and though every window. We were thrilled it was so intact inside and it was great exploring the rooms inside. What a great place!
Written August 28, 2021
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pipbrundle
Coventry, UK184 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Surprisingly Spent 90 minutes here. Somewhat intact ruins of an Abbey that would have been magnificent before it’s destruction. There is parking at the Abbey, we paid £8 for 2 adults-well worth it.
Written August 7, 2021
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Bilal
1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Family
Thank you to the velvet hill guides for going out of your way to make our hike an unforgettable experience. Your enthusiasm has inspired us to take up hiking as a hobby.

Thank you Sarah and Mike
Written July 25, 2021
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Helen W
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom28 contributions
Jul 2021
Found booking online via Cadw site no problems at all. Following signs from A5 was fine; parking is on the road, and not a lot of it, in between two camp sites.

The staff were so cheerful and helpful. The site itself was very impressive especially the exhibition upstairs and the oldest monastic fish pond. Definitely worth a visit (if in the area it is worth buying CADW membership as it also entitles you to free visiting at English Heritage as well.)
Written July 20, 2021
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sunshinelover978
Wrexham, UK371 contributions
Jun 2021
Beautiful place - BUT -
Dreadful booking system. As member of CADW I booked in advance for a visit to Valle Crucis but found the system, as compared to those of the National Trust and the Historic House Association, poor, clunky and slow. It took me 2 attempts , first time it froze and I had to start again. Why is there a need to create an account ?

When we were visiting Valle Crucis we witnessed a family with young children arrive and be refused entry as they had not booked in advance. There were 4 visitors on site at the time, so not overcrowded. And in fact we were about to leave so that would have left 2.
The family were told they could go outside and book on their mobile phone. This the father tried to do - in the Llangollen valley where there is a poor signal - and using the clunky website I've already mentioned.
He got no where with booking on line, he was not offered help or another means of entry or Track & Trace. The last I saw was that family walking away, those children refused a visit to a CADW property and an experience of a beautiful historic site.

SHAMEFUL ! Do I want to be a member of an organization that acts in this way.
I suspect the problem is lack of customer training - (there were 3 "staff" crammed in the small Visitor Centre) - and I suggest this is addressed as quickly as possible
Written June 17, 2021
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burtiebassett
england106 contributions
Feb 2020
Interesting to visit on a very wet day. boards give plenty of information. But beware the mud. Visitor kiosk shut as out of season
Written February 23, 2020
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Valle Crucis Abbey is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM