Valle Crucis Abbey
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The pillar stood in this green valley, watching over the Eglwyseg River (a tributary of the River Dee) for over 4 centuries before 12 monks arrived in 1201 to found a new abbey. The Cistercians tended to seek out remote locations for their abbeys, far from the temptations of civilsation, and Valle Crucis must have seemed an idyllic location to them. The patron of Valle Crucis was Madog ap Gruffudd Maelor, king Powys Fadog, and the monks came from Strata Marcella, outside Welshpool. Valle Crucis was the last Cistercian monastery to be founded in Wales.
The abbot's rooms are some of the most interesting chambers in the abbey today, featuring a nicely carved fireplace. The dormitory now houses a display of medieval sculptured grave slabs.
Visiting Valle Crucis
I've been fortunate enough to visit Valle Crucis on three occasions, and each time I've come away impressed. This truly is an extremely beautiful location, and the abbey ruins seem to exude a sense of peace and calm. The abbey is easy to reach from Llangollen; just follow the brown tourist signs from the north side of the bridge across the Dee. There is a small parking area, rather incongruously located beside a holiday park, but at least a screen of trees blocks the worst of the noise from the park and does not distract too terribly from the enjoyment of visiting the abbey! If you have time, do stroll up the road to the 9th century cross known as Eliseg's Pillar. I say stroll because there's no easy place to park for the Pillar. The cross is in a farm field which can be muddy when the weather is wet, so good footwear is a definite must!
About Valle Crucis Abbey
Address: Llantysilio, Llangollen, Denbighshire, Wales, LL20 8DD
Attraction Type: Abbey
Location: 2 m NW Llangollen, on A542
Website: Valle Crucis Abbey
Phone: 01978 860326
OS: SJ 205 442
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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