Valle Crucis is Latin for Valley of the Cross. The abbey was founded by Cistercian monks in the winter of 1201 and was dissolved 336 years later in 1537 with Henry VIII’s suppression of the monasteries.
The abbey is situated in this remote and magical location near the Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen. It is one of the best preserved in Wales. Even the monks’ fishpond is still full of water and is now the only surviving monastic fish pond in Wales.
Valle Crucis Abbey, Llantysilio, Llangollen LL20 8DD.
The abbey is cared for by Cadw which is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales. Cadw is a Welsh word meaning ‘to keep’ or ‘to protect’.
Photos: A beautiful sunshine day 1st November 2017