St Illtud s Church

St Illtud s Church, Llantwit Major

St Illtud s Church
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St Illtud's Church one of the most important parish churches in the province which is hailed as a 'Beacon Church' in the Diocese. The community of Llanilltud Fawr is centred around the religious community which was founded by Illtud, a Celtic Christian saint, about 1500 years ago. The parish of Llantwit Major includes eight other medieval churches spread out near the Heritage Coastline of the Vale of Glamorgan. These are situated in St Donats, Marcross, Monknash, Wick, Llanmaes, Llanmihangel, Gileston and St Athan. Our Church in Wales Primary School is situated in the village of Wick. The Province of the Church in Wales is divided into six dioceses. The parish of Llantwit Major is part of the Llandaff Diocese. The parish of Llantwit Major is part of the Church in Wales and is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
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KITTEN86
UK247 contributions
Unfortunately closed when we visited.
Jul 2021
Looked around the churchyard, then saw the welcome sign for the church, but all doors locked. The porch area near one of the entrance doors is worth a look. Shame the church can't be looked at inside though, hence the average score.
Written July 3, 2021
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RJM
Gainesville, MO1,203 contributions
Hidden Treasure
Oct 2020 • Family
An atmospheric churchyard that sits on the remains of one of the first celtic collages of christianity. Interestingly, this site is where Saint Patrick and Saint David were educated.
Church features a small museum like room that holds ancient standing marker stones that commemorate Welsh Kings of old.
Adjacent to the churchyard is a small memorial garden that is surrounded by a small brook.
A must see if in the area.
Written October 4, 2020
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sueharry2016
Swansea, UK42 contributions
Our wedding
Sep 2020
We got married here and felt privileged to do so in such an amazing church as this.
The church is beautiful and it’s history is incredibly humbling. The clergy are warm and friendly and the grounds immaculately kept.
Beautiful !
Written September 20, 2020
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Elizabeth R
London, UK24 contributions
A perfect gem and the warmest of welcomes
Jul 2020 • Family
We visited this charming village and church yesterday. What a delightful place this is. We were visiting our family in Cardiff for the first time in six months, and we celebrated As three generations with this visit. We were greeted very warmly by a lady who gave us the fascinating history of the church, and pointed out the stunning ancient artwork on the walls, and the breathtaking ancient Celtic crosses. We were all fascinated, even our grandchildren. A walk through the woods to the beach completed the day. We have vowed to return at a later date, and cannot recommend this place highly enough. Thank you once again for the warm welcome, Llantwit Major!
Written July 27, 2020
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M&J-Nottingham
Nottingham, UK238 contributions
Fascinating church - well worth a detour
Oct 2019 • Couples
Llantwit Major may not figure on everyone's 'to do' list but it's certainly worth a visit if only for it's remarkable church. Active since 500AD there is so much to look and learn from - buildings, standing stones plus pre-Reformation decoration and these are only part of the story - go see for yourself.
Written October 1, 2019
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Cruiser812199
42 contributions
Charming ancient church
Aug 2019
Eleventh century Norman church restored beautifully and housing ancient Celtic stones. It's beautiful, peaceful and set in the charming village of Llantwit Major. A lovely day out if you also go to one of the pubs in the village.
Written September 2, 2019
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degan
Seattle, WA675 contributions
Stunning
Aug 2019 • Friends
I was not expecting much from a village church but the history of the place (it was an early Celtic school and church estd ~500 (AD/CE), then the stone church was built by the Normans ~1100 and the “newer” pubs in town are Tudor, ~1400-1500) is incredible and the worn gravestones in English and Welsh are so beautiful. Inside are original wall paintings, more old graves and best of all - the original celtic crosses that were in the yard. They’ve done a beautiful job of restoring the chapel, using glass and etching to show the pieces that are lost.
Written August 28, 2019
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520janelleg
Salinas, CA18 contributions
trip with welsh friends
Sep 2018
very interesting and full of history. the celtic stones and crosses dating back to the time of st. patrick and before were fascinating. small quaint town was a plus.
Written August 9, 2019
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BAtoo
Ipswich, UK45 contributions
Amazing historical place!
May 2019 • Family
One of the best historical churches we have visited, tasteful renovations and a very knowledgeable guide (free of charge).
Written May 29, 2019
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Les C
Hengoed, UK111 contributions
Beautiful Church
Apr 2019 • Couples
Sometimes called the Cathedral of the Vale. It's been a centre of worship for over 1500 years.
Of note are the ancient Wall paintings depicting Saints and Mary Magdalene.
The lady Chapel which was a ruin has been restored and now houses a number of Celtic stones from the 9th to 11 centuries.
This is an excellent example of post Norman ecclesiastical architecture whose roots go back much further and is well worth a visit
Written April 10, 2019
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