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Strata Florida Abbey

Tregaron, Wales
+44 1974 831261
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The atmosphere fills in the gaps

If you're looking for a place that's full of atmosphere, this is it. Although there is only a bare... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
AnnePelleschi
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The most atmospheric place

A magical feeling . LIke all Cistercian abbeys, in a remote place, surrounded by beautiful... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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There is much to captivate at this evocative, historically important site Is Latin double dutch to you? Strata Florida translates from Latin simply as the Vale of Flowers. Want to try the Welsh? Here you go. Ystrad Fflur. The Cistercian monks of the Middle Ages were quite the entrepreneurs. They might have sought wild and lonely places to practise their religion but, like eager developers, they took advantage of this rural location near Tregaron to amass vast amounts of land. They needed the space to farm thousands of income-generating sheep. They also built roads and bridges which brought pilgrims and traders to the abbey. A shrewd move. Strata Florida quickly became not only a site of huge religious significance in Wales but also a natural home for Welsh culture. Dafydd ap Gwilym, one of the best known of Wales’s medieval poets, is buried here under a yew tree.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're looking for a place that's full of atmosphere, this is it. Although there is only a bare skeleton of a ruined Abbey, the location of it is one that fills in the gaps of history and is really quite special. The site is...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A magical feeling . LIke all Cistercian abbeys, in a remote place, surrounded by beautiful countryside. I love it. We bought some make your own tiles (made of some sort of papier mache) to paint at home like the tiles on the floor. Never seen...More

1  Thank mcwDurham
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Strata Florida is place to dwell, to sit and absorb the majesty of this remote monastical community, to feel the presence of those Princes of Wales who are buried here; time to reflect on those people who made their mark on the peoples and places...More

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Reviewed 3 June 2018

Not a huge sight but very atmospheric. Links with medieval poet Dafydd ap Gwilym and there is a translation of one of his poems displayed (in which he basically moans about his inability to pull- as it were)

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

No, there's not as much to see as at (say) Tintern. But this is a wonderful and magical place, with well-presented displays. I'd been wanting to visit for years and wasn't disappointed.

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Reviewed 8 May 2018

This has to be one of the loveliest and most magical historic sites, set in a fantastic valley with wonderful walks round the Teifi Pools in the nearby wilderness. The views are fabulous and there are red kites overhead. I have not visited for many...More

1  Thank Shirley M
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

This is still very impressive, it must have been amazing before the reformation. This is the only CADW site in the area but is worthy of a visit, even on a grey day the site is worth a visit.

Thank EssexRocks317
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Don't expect too much here, it is after all just an old ruin. Interesting for a brief visit if you're en route.

Thank BrunoArturius
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Lovely peaceful location. Well maintained site. We had trouble finding it (no road signs til you're really near it). Car park was closed but found an out of the way nook to leave car. No-one else was there whilst we walked round, The red-kites (birds)...More

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Reviewed 14 January 2018

I did visit abbey during our off road weekend, is a truly wonderful place. I'm a huge fan of any kinds of ruins and remains, even that not much left from it, I still did enjoyed it.

Thank majla11
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Off their website.... Admission costs Adult - £4.00 Family - £11.90* Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £2.60 Disabled and companion - Free *Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16 All children under 5... More
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