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Strata Florida Abbey

Tregaron, Wales
+44 1974 831261
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Wonderful

It's a little off the beaten track, but the ruins of the abbey and the church sitting beside it are... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
KevinSadler2364
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Leicester, United Kingdom
Love this place

I return here time and time again to see the different light play on the arch. Churchyard is also... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2017
Downfromthehills
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There is much to captivate at this evocative, historically important site Is Latin double dutch to you? Strata Florida translates from Latin simply as the Vale of Flowers. Want to try the Welsh? Here you go. Ystrad Fflur. The Cistercian monks of the Middle Ages were quite the entrepreneurs. They might have sought wild and lonely places to practise their religion but, like eager developers, they took advantage of this rural location near Tregaron to amass vast amounts of land. They needed the space to farm thousands of income-generating sheep. They also built roads and bridges which brought pilgrims and traders to the abbey. A shrewd move. Strata Florida quickly became not only a site of huge religious significance in Wales but also a natural home for Welsh culture. Dafydd ap Gwilym, one of the best known of Wales’s medieval poets, is buried here under a yew tree.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a little off the beaten track, but the ruins of the abbey and the church sitting beside it are simply wonderful. The towering hills in the back ground make it an evocative place, and the history of this abbey is excellent. It gets muddy...More

Thank KevinSadler2364
Reviewed 23 September 2017

I return here time and time again to see the different light play on the arch. Churchyard is also very interesting.

Thank Downfromthehills
Reviewed 5 September 2017

A Cadw maintained site deep in the mid wales countryside, so very peaceful and with some nice views on offer. This former cistercian abbey was built in the 12th century, but was dissolved some 400 years later. The western doorway gives some indication of the...More

Thank Philip S
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Interesting historic sites that dates back centuries. Handy visitor centre which provided welcome coffee and snacks when we cycled past.

Thank NorthWalesSaint
Reviewed 24 August 2017

Have to admit (and I'm Welsh) that the Welsh are not great at making the best of an opportunity (see critical review to follow of Elan Valley visitor centre). So when we get one right, it's excellent. Here you have an 800 odd year old...More

Thank Rhod J
Reviewed 29 July 2017

The remains of the abbey are very beautiful. There is a little exhibition about the abbey in the visitor's centre. We especially loved the special handpainted tiles the abbey is famous for.

Thank Maite G
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Spent a hour or so exploring the abbey and having a picnic lunch supplemented with a coffee from the shop on site. Children can also create a tile for 2.50. Lots of interesting information boards and we searched for some time for the different tiles...More

Thank Rachael D
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Down a wild road. At the end the remains of the Abbey. Admission charges. You can see it all from the road.

1  Thank JANETDENISE
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Have driven past the sign for here loads of times. Finally decided to visit and im glad I did! I have also heard there is a good country walk that reaches here so that is next on my list!!

Thank Russell W
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Knowing nothing about Welsh history before, this place was a great introduction. Informative signs everywhere amongst the beautiful ruins. Interesting.

Thank Tetleyteainacup
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