St Hywyn

This medieval pilgrim church stands above the shore of the Irish Sea, at the end of the Llyn Peninsula, nestled in the old fishing village of Aberdaron.

Aberdaron, Gwynedd

Opening times

April to October 9am to 6pm daily.
November to March 10am to 4pm daily.


LL53 8BE

The last parish of RS Thomas poet and priest, one of Wales greatest Welsh poets writing in English.

This pilgrim church was established in 516 by Hywyn a cousin of Cadfan who built the monastery on the Sacred Island of Bardsey (Enlli in Welsh) 3 miles offshore from Aberdaron.

Only the doorway remains from the Norman church. It is very worn, not surprising since the sea is only yards away. Inside, the church is spacious and full of light reflected off the sea. The fine old timber roofs are from the 16th century building work. There are the gravestones of Roman Presbyters from the 6th century, who brought Christianity to this remote corner of Wales. Their age means they probably predate the monastery on Bardsey Island.

The stone church was built in the 11th century as the final resting place for pilgrims before crossing the treacherous waters of Bardsey Sound to reach their destinaton on the sacred Island.

In the 21st century it is still a place of refuge, restoration and prayerful peace for the modern pilgrim and tourists on their own spiritual journeys. The services are bilingual, giving visitors an authentic experience of the living Welsh language.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Church shop or souvenirs

  • Car park at church

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Concerts throughout the summer.

  • Sunday bilingual Worship 10am.

  • Thursday 9.30am to 10am Silent Prayer, 10.15am Service.

  • Church in Wales

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