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Abbey Cwm Hir

Cwm hir was founded in the 12th century as a daughter house to Whitland but all that remains is the ruined 12th century nave.

Abbeycwmhir, Powys

Opening times

The ruins are accessible at all times.



The initial moves towards its foundation were made by the local Welsh ruler, Maredudd ap Madoc ab Idnerth, in 1143, but he was killed in 1146 and the area was reconquered by the Normans. His son Cadwallon reclaimed the kingdom and refounded the abbey in 1176. It was here that the mangled remains of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, last Welsh prince of Wales, were buried in 1282.

Five of the nave bays have been preserved in the parish church at Llanidloes since 1540.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Famous connections

  • National heritage here

  • Social heritage stories

  • Wildlife haven

  • Car park at church

  • Dog friendly

  • Level access to the main areas

  • On street parking at church

  • Parking within 250m

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Scheduled Ancient Monument (ruin)

Contact information

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