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Valle Crucis Abbey is a Cistercian abbey located in Llantysilio in Denbighshire, Wales.

Valle Crucis Abbey which is also known as Valley of the Cross is a Cistercian abbey that is located in Llantysilio in Denbighshire, Wales.

Overview of Valle Crucis Abbey

• More formally, known as the Abbey Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
• The abbey was built in 1201.
• It was built by Madog ap Gruffydd Maelor, Prince of Powys Fadog.
• Valle Crucis was dissolved in 1537 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
• The building is now a ruin, though large parts of the original structure still survive.
• Valle Crucis Abbey is now under the care of Cadw.
• Valle Crucis Abbey consisted of the church plus several adjoining out buildings which enclosed a square courtyard.
• The church itself ran west to East in the traditional cruciform style.
• The west end front wall survives, including the masonry of the rose window.
• The outbuildings including the adjoining east range, which survives are mainly intact.
• The west range, which housed the lay brethren’s frater, is now demolished.
• The site is also home to the only remaining monastic fishpond in Wales.
• The west end front wall, extensive parts of the east end of the structures survive to the present day.
• The chancel walls, the southern part of the transept, the east range of the cloister together with the chapter house and sacristy and the lower part of the reredorter all survive mainly intact.
• In 1870 the west end wall was restored by George Gilbert Scott.
• Valle Crucis Abbey was originally founded in the principality of Powys Fadog.
• Valle Crucis was the spiritual centre of the region.
• The abbey took its name from the nearby Pillar of Eliseg.
• This pillar was erected four centuries earlier by Cyngen ap Cadell.
• The location on which Valle Crucis was raised was originally established as a colony of twelve monks from Strata.

• The original wooden structure was replaced with stone structures of roughly faced rubble.
• The completed abbey is believed to have housed about sixty brethren, 20 choir monks and 40 lay-members.
• The evocative ruins of Valle Crucis lie in green fields beneath Llangollen’s steep sided mountains.
Many original features remain and they include:
• The glorious west front complete with an elaborate, richly carved doorway.
• Beautiful rose window.
• 14th century inscription ‘Abbot Adams carried out this work.
• The east end of the Abbey.
• Lovely Chapter House with its striking rib-vaulted roof.
• Access: B5103 from the A5, west of Llangollen, or A542 from Ruthin.

Opening Hours
• Last admission half an hour before closing.
• Summer: – 31st March to 31st October – 10.00 to 17.00.
• Winter: – Free access to the grounds at all reasonable times.

Contact and Admission Information
• Telephone: – +44 1978 860326.
• Admission Charge: – Adults £2.80, Reduced rate £2.40.
• Family Ticket: – £8.00 – admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16 years.
• Three or seven day explorer passes are available to give you free admission to the historic sites in the care of Cadw.

Other Attractions

• Ardress House
• The Argory
• Bellaghy Bawn
• Castle Coole
• Castle Ward
• Downhill Mussenden Temple
• Florence Court
• Mount Stewart
• Palace Demesne
• Penrhyn Castle
• Plas Newydd Anglesey
• Plas Newydd Llangollen
• Springhill
• John Knox House

North wales Attractions

• Beaumaris – at the eastern tip of Anglesey.
• Caernarfon – planned seat of Edward I’s power in Wales. Located in the town of Caernarfon.
• Castell y Bere – Last stronghold of the Welsh Princes, and their most impressive fortress and located in Bro Dysynni.
• Chirk – Built in 1295 and a National Trust Property and is located in the Wrexham County.
• Conwy – built by Edward I to control the stategically significant town and river of the same name.
• Criccieth – Welsh built castle near the eastern end of the Lleyn Peninsula.
• Dinas Bran – atmospheric ruin on a hilltop near Llangollen.
• Dolbadarn – Welsh built castle situated between Llyn Peris and Llyn Padarn lakes, close to the town of Llanberis.
• Dolwyddelan – Welsh castle, in the village of the same name on the main A470 road between Betws-y-Coed and Blaenau.
• Ffestiniog: Reputed birthplace of Prince Llywelyn the Great. The Disney film Dragonslayer was filmed here.
• Flint – Edward I’s first castle in Wales, in the far north-east close to the English border in Flintshire.
• Harlech – Another of Edward I’s “ring of steel”. Looks menacingly across Tremadog Bay at Criccieth Castle.
• Rhuddlan – in the small town of the same name, south of Rhyl.

Stately Homes
• Plas Newydd – National trust property located in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey, Wales.
• Erddig Hall – National Trust property located on the outskirts of Wrexham.

Heritage Railways
Standard gauge
• Llangollen Railway
Narrow gauge
• Bala Lake Railway
• Corris Railway, near Machynlleth
• Ffestiniog Railway, runs from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog
• Llanberis Lake Railway
• Snowdon Mountain Railway runs from Llanberis all the way to the summit of Mount Snowdon
• Talyllyn Railway, Tywyn
• Welsh Highland Railway

Miniature Railways
• Conwy Valley Railway Museum, Betws-y-Coed
• Fairbourne Railway, south of Barmouth
• Rhyl Miniature Railway- The oldest miniature railway still running in the UK
• Gypsy Wood Park, Caernarfon – UK’s largest miniature G Scale garden railway

Things to do

• Sea Kayaking
• Rock Abseiling
• Cliff Jumping
• Sea Level Traversing
• Gorge Scrambling
• Mountain Horse Riding
• Indoor Karting, Caernarfon

Best time to visit / climate

• There is no good or bad time to visit London.
• The attractions are mostly open all year round.
• July and August are the height of summer.
• These would also be the most expensive months.
• This is the time when London has the biggest crowds mainly because of the school holidays and the ‘good’ weather.
• New Year and Easter are also busy periods and expensive.
• In the winter it is dark by early evening (16.00).
• In the height of summer it is light until 22.00.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

B5103 from the A5, west of Llangollen, or A542 from Ruthin
To reach Northern Wales, Borderlands
1. By Road
• North Wales Borderlands is within easy reach of the national motorway network.
• It is well served by main roads including the A55 Expressway and the A5 London to Holyhead route.
• Many of our towns are served by National Express Coaches.

2. By Rail
• North Wales Borderlands is served by a great rail network.
• There are links from London, Holyhead, Chester and Manchester.

3. By Air
• Both Manchester International Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport are less than an hour’s drive from North Wales Borderlands.
• Both airports offer good public transport links to towns within the region.

Some Travel Books That will Help You

Lonely Planet Wales Wales Road Map AZ Frommer’s England and the Best of Wales 2012

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