Llanthony Priory

Llanthony Priory

A day out steeped in Welsh history

Walk around beautiful grounds at the timeless 900-year-old remains, open all year round, at Llanthony Priory.

This peaceful spot is just a 25-minute trip from Abergavenny - the market town known as the gateway to Wales, roughly six miles from the border with England.

Glimpse Llanthony Priory as you pull up in your car or if you're feeling adventurous, on your bike. With cycle storage available nearby, you'll be able to have your hands free for taking plenty of gorgeous photos at this medieval site.

Rays of sunlight slide through the cracks in the heavy stone at one of Wales' great medieval buildings, giving the whole place a touch of magic.

Set in the remote location of Llanthony beneath the stunning Black Mountains, this place was once home to monks who spent many a night here looking up at the stars and contemplating religion.

As the 12th-century explorer and historian, Giraldus Cambrensis, Gerald of Wales said the place was:

'Truly suited to the monastic lifeā€¦ in a wilderness far removed from the bustle of mankind.'

Stars twinkling in the pitch-black night

If you want to make a trip of it, why not pitch up at a nearby campsite?

Hear the birds tweeting in the trees while you cook something delicious up on your camping stove to round your day of exploring off.

More history to discover

Get excited to uncover more Welsh history when you book tickets for Tretower Court and Castle.

Learn about 900 years of history at the home of rich powerful Welsh families, The Picards, and the Vaughans.

Feel as though you're one of their honoured guests as you look up at the original beams and features of this unique place.

Look around the kitchen at the antique equipment and the wine glasses laid out in the Great Hall. This room saw a lot of fine wines and the walls echoed with praises for its generous owner, as the home became a magnet for medieval Welsh poets.

Hear the water fountain and breathe in the beautiful fragrances of the flowers and plants in the garden.

A day out at Llanthony Priory and the surrounding areas is just the start of your adventure into the history of Wales.

Troed Rhiwmwn Farm,
Monmouthshire,
GB NP7 7NN

Free parking