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St Elian

A double naved medieval Welsh church, named for the 6th century saint St Elian.

Llanelian, Clwyd

Opening times

Most days, key at the pub next door.


LL28 8UW

Llanelian church has had three incarnations, and may have very early beginnings. It is named for the 6th century St, Elian, traces of whose life and legend are still to be found nearby, notably at his holy well, a few hundred yards away. This was one of the most famous holy wells in Wales at one time, and became known as 'The Cursing Well'. The church contains pre Reformation paintings, an ancient stone font, and it's most recent enlargement, between 1480 and 1520 created a double-knaved church; one of the many to be found in north Wales. One of the many attractive features is the pub next door, The White Lion; which may have been in existence as long as the church itself.

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Café within 500m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • We have services every Sunday at 9.30am, half in Welsh and most bilingual. We have regular services with our church school, coffee mornings, and an annual Fair, where the church is filled with stalls and people. Other events take place throughout the year, often in partnership with the local Canolfan.

  • Church in Wales

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