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Valle Crucis Abbey, Llangollen

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
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  • Exciting how the Cistercian Abbey ruins still stand in the midst of the Welsh hills, though made smash by Henry VIII. Few people make the visit even more enjoyable. Affiliate site at CADW (pronounced kadù): buy the Explorer Pass (from 3 or 7 days) saves if you plan to visit other sites of the same circuit
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  • Absolutely beautiful old building and very interesting to look round and explore. We were there for just over an hour. One of our party was disabled so did struggle with some of the ruins but unfortun...  read more »
  • Staying at the chain bridge hotel, we walked to the abbey via Velvet Hill. My wife and I are both English Heritage members so entrance to the abbey was free. If you have to pay the prices at the time ...  read more »
  • Valle Crucis is a wonderful ruin of a cistercian abbey. If you go in the off-season, there are certain parts of the abbey that you can't get into, however it's still worth the visit. Be sure to check out the Pilar of Eliseg just north of the abbey property along the main road.
  • Valle Crucis is one of the most beautiful abbeys anywhere in Britain. It is true to say that there is a caravan park next to it, but once you're down in the grounds of the abbey you will barely notice (especially if you go slightly later in the year or at off peak times). In response to the guy who posted a one-star review,.the owners of the caravan park are not the owners of the abbey, which is in the care of CADW. The caravan park has been there a long time (pre-planning permission, I understand) and there's not a lot that the council or anyone else can do about it. Posting a one-star review is unfair to the abbey itself which is fascinating historically as well as having all the charm of a Cistercian ruin which has much of its architecture intact especially the Chapter House with its vaulted ceiling, and the upstairs buildings above it. There you will find an exhibition of mediaeval grave slabs, one or two of which may have been Hospitaller or Templar knights, the kind of guys who, in one's imagination, might have quested after the Holy Grail. Perhaps they brought it here, who knows. ;)
  • Valle Crucis Abbey is a beautiful ruined Abbey set in the most beautiful mountain valley I think that I have ever seen; But, the owners and the council of the Llangollen area should be absolutely ashamed of themselves....we drove all the way, on a gorgeous sunny day, to see the picturesque Abbey, but when we found it, it was surrounded by hideous mobile homes and caravans; we literally could not believe our eyes; and I am not talking about caravans which are temporary, but like a huge estate of vile mobile homes going right up to the ancient Abbey walls! If you are thinking of visiting, don't bother, you will be REALLY disappointed, I think it is probably THE most disgusting thing I have ever seen in my entire life! Humanity and overpopulation are the words that spring to mind!
  • Valle Crucis is set in a beautiful Valley which feels like you have been cut off from the outside world. There is a campsite around the Abbey, but once you are walking around the grounds the beauty detracts you away from it. Although the Abbey is significantly smaller to Tintern Abbey the cistercian model to building and life style are equally visible.
  • Beautiful and peaceful ruins...
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