St Collen church, Llangollen David Nicholls

St Collen

St Collen’s belongs to a group of three churches in the Mission Area of Valle Crucis, and situated in the heart of the beautiful town, Llangollen.

Llangollen, Denbighshire

Opening times

Monday closed
Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm
Saturday 9am to 12noon
Sunday 10am to 12noon


Church Street
LL20 8HU

There may have been a church of some kind on this site in the centre of Llangollen since the foundation by St Collen in the 7th century. The surviving architecture of the present building points to a stone church of 13th century date, with further changes in the 15th or early 16th centuries.

The main body of the present church was built adjacent to an older structure in the 13th century. The crowning glory of the church interior is the splendid medieval 6-bay oak hammerbeam ceiling, with ornamental timber carvings which depict Christian symbolism, plant life, beasts and images of ordinary folk. The ceiling is claimed to be ‘one of the finest roofs in Wales’, reflecting the flowering of Welsh carpentry at the end of the Middle Ages.

Following the tower building work in the 1700’s other alterations have taken place, including a major extension in 1863, when the south aisle was added and the church was extended eastwards to provide the chancel, the vestry and the organ chamber. The extension work was designed by S. Pountney Smith, architect of Shrewsbury. In 1887, a peal of 8 bells was installed in the belfry.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Famous connections

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Car park at church

  • Dog friendly

  • Level access throughout

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Church in Wales

  • Wolfson Fabric Repair Grant, £7,500, 2021

  • The grant will support roof repairs, gutter replacement, repointing and an asbestos survey.

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