St Cybi's Well
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
St Cybi is reputed to have lived in the area in the 6th century (indeed, the nearby church is named for him). It is not certain when the well chambers were built, but the cottage dates from the 18th or 19th century.
St Cybi's Well is one of many holy wells scattered throughout Wales, many of which were thought to have curative properties. It seems probable that many wells were of pagan origin, and were only much later attributed to Christian saints.
St Cybi's has been a destination for pilgrims for centuries, and there are accounts from the 18th century stating that the well waters cure a range of afflictions from blindness to warts.
A typical curative treatment for such complaints consisted of drinking equal amounts of seawater and well water, bathing in the well, and then resting in the cottage to wait for the cure to take effect.
The main well chamber has a deep recess at the centre, suitable for bathing. A channel runs from this chamber, under the wall, to the second well chamber some metres away, which would have been more suitable for drinking.
Note: The path to the well crosses several fields and runs beside a stream, and the path can be very muddy in wet weather, so please wear appropriate footwear!
There are some places that just seem to exude a sense of something special, an ambience of peace, or mystery. St Cybi's Well is one of these places. Exploring the Well is like visiting a holy place, a shrine, or a medieval cathedral. A sense of age and something quite magical clings to the crumbling stones. It is like stepping back in time.
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About St Cybi's Well
Address: Llangybi, Lleyn Peninsula, Gwynedd, Wales
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: 6 miles NW Criccieth, by B4354 and minor roads; then 10 minutes walk from Llangybi churchyard
Website: St Cybi's Well
St Cybi's Well Photos
OS: SH427 413
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
Penarth Fawr - 2.4 miles (Historic House)
Pen Llystyn Roman Fort - 4 miles (Roman Site)
Tre'r Ceiri Hillfort - 4.1 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Criccieth Castle - 5 miles (Castle)
Clynnog Fawr, St Beuno - 5.3 miles (Historic Church)
Wern Manor Gardens - 7.2 miles (Garden)
Castell Carn Fadrun - 10 miles (Castle)
Deudraeth Castle - 10.3 miles (Castle)
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