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Cymer Abbey

Cymmer Abbey was founded in 1198 by monks from Cwm-hir under the patronage of the local ruler Maredud ap Cynan and his powerful cousin Llywelyn ab Iorwerth, Llywelyn the Great, prince of north Wales.

Dolgellau, Gwynedd

Opening times

April to October 10am to 5pm.
November to 31 March 10am to 4pm.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January.


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It was always very much a Welsh house and suffered for it in the wars of independence. The buildings were never completed: of the church, only the nave was ever built, and the cloister seems to have lacked a west range. The situation is typically Cistercian, in a remote valley with fast flowing streams. It was near to the little town of Dolgellau, though, and the old Roman road, the Sarn Helen, went nearby. It would have been possible to follow the line of the Roman road much of the way from Strata Florida to Cymmer, and our route from Cymmer uses it most of the way to Conwy. 

  • National heritage here

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Dog friendly

  • Car park at church

  • Cadw

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