Valle Crucis Abbey

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

Categories: Architecture, Autumn, North Wales, Photography, RuinsTags: , , , , , , ,


  1. Wow. I am speechless when seeing Your gorgeous photos. Thank You for this post.

    Have a wonderful day!

  2. Missed this one, Isabella. It’s a beauty! Covered in snow, now? 🙂 🙂

  3. Your photos are masterly… wonderful clarity, perspectives and detail… such a treat to enjoy your insights into such an exquisite place… thank you Isabella Rose

  4. Although, I had read and heard a lot about Wales, I did not imagine it was like this. Very impressive, ancient, beautiful, so much history.

  5. Interesting place , Lizzy. Great photo’s from all angles. The ruins are very impressive. Thank you for sharing ❤ xx

  6. What a dramatic place and your photos are glorious!

  7. What a wonderful and excellent pictures of the abbey

  8. These photographs are stunning, can’t stop looking at them.

    Cheers, Charu

  9. Beautiful photos, we visited in 2015 and I loved it, thank you for sharing 🙂

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