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St Mary

The 13th century church is a hidden gem, yet with Pembrokeshire's tallest church tower it’s not that well hidden!

Begelly, Pembrokeshire

Opening times

COVID19 : open for the Sunday morning service.

[Normally open : Open 10am to 5pm Easter to end of September.]


Parsonage Lane
SA68 0XE

The church is a focal point of the community, greeting hundreds of thousands of tourists at the gateway to Pembrokeshire every year.

St Mary's was originally dedicated to St Bugail, which in Welsh means 'Shepherd' and may have been the origin of the name.

The crenellated tower provides a striking landmark and at 71 feet high, with 3 storeys, houses a bell made in 1760 by Bayley in Bridgewater and is the tallest tower in the county. The bell bears the inscription 'My sound is good, my shape is neat. 'Twas Bayley made me so complete'.

Amongst the features of the church are the medieval font, a holy water stoup and the chancel arch, apparently Norman and built of local stone.

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Church in Wales

Contact information

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