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St Mary

A rich medieval church in a sweet Pembrokeshire town; with a huge number of independent shops and eateries.

Cardigan, Ceredigion

Opening times

Open to visit Monday to Thursday throughout the year.


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St Mary’s was the priory church of the medieval Benedictine Cardigan Priory and in its east window survive some fine fragments of 15th century glass. A must see for any visitor to Cardigan and its iconic castle.

It is situated on the bank of the River Teifi, just off Finch Square. The present nave dates from the 14th century and parts of the church were rebuilt during 1711. During the 13th century the church found fame by being a site of pilgrimage as the shrine of ‘Our Lady of the Taper’. A shrine still exists at St Mary’s, although it is not the original 800 year old one.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • 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

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church in Wales

  • Repair Grant, £10,000, 2008

  • Our Repair Grants funded urgent repair work to help keep churches open.

Contact information

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