History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The only remains standing to any height are those of the abbey church, which reaches 30 metres in length. Unlike most Cistercian monastic churches, the church at Cymer is built without aisles or transepts. It seems likely that the relative poverty of the abbey meant that the monks truncated the church and built a small tower at the west end rather than the usual Cistercian tower over the crossing.
Most notable of the ruins are the 3 remaining arched windows and columns. Some evidence of column carvings and window decoration remain, as do the foundations of the cloister and a few of the outbuildings.
The abbey site is well signposted off the A470, and stands immediately beside a modern trailer campsite. There are no facilities onsite, but there is a small parking area.
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About Cymer Abbey
Address: Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Wales, LL40 2HE
Attraction Type: Abbey
Location: 1.5 m NW Dolgellau, on A470
Website: Cymer Abbey
Cymer Abbey Photos
OS: SH721 195
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Ffrid Newydd - 6.6 miles (Prehistoric Site)
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Llanfihangel-y-pennant, St Michael's Church - 7.3 miles (Historic Church)
Castell-y-Bere - 7.5 miles (Castle)
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