History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The original cross was an imposing structure, so large that it provided the name 'Valle Crucis', or 'Valley of the Cross', for the entire valley and the nearby medieval abbey.
Who was Eliseg? Some accounts say that he was such a powerful king that Offa of Mercia built his famous dyke to keep Eliseg penned inside Wales.
It has been suggested that the Pillar was more than a memorial, but a rallying cry to the Welsh to fight back against the encroaching English. The carved inscription is very worn but can be still made out in places.
Today the pillar stands in a farmer's field, just off the A542, immediately north of Valle Crucis Abbey, another site in the care of Cadw, Welsh Heritage.
You can easily park at the abbey and walk along the road to the pillar. I recommend good footwear, as the approach to the pillar across the farm field can be muddy in wet weather, and there are plenty of sheep about!
About Eliseg's Pillar
Address: A542, Pentrefelin, Denbighshire, Wales
Attraction Type: Historic Building - Carved Stone
Location: On the A542 immediately north of the Valle Crucis Abbey site.
Website: Eliseg's Pillar
Eliseg's Pillar Photos
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Valle Crucis Abbey - 0.2 miles (Abbey)
Llangollen Motor Museum - 0.6 miles (Museum)
Castell Dinas Bran - 1.6 miles (Castle)
Llangollen, St Collen's Church - 1.8 miles (Historic Church)
Plas Newydd, Llangollen - 2.1 miles (Historic House)
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - 4.5 miles (Historic Building)
Chirk Castle - 5.7 miles (Castle)
Caer Drewyn Hill Fort - 7.2 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nearest Accommodation to Eliseg's Pillar:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
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Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')