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“Let down”
Review of St. Dogmaels Abbey

St. Dogmaels Abbey
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Owner description: The 12th century ruined abbey is nestled next to the Teifi estuary in the authentic coastal village of St Dogmaels, only a 5 minute drive from Cardigan town and the beautiful sandy beach at Poppit Sands. Free entry to the ruined abbey is available all year and the site has an excellent cafe, museum and shop in their eco Coach House (next to the Abbey and the the working watermill Y Felin) The museum contains some of the earliest Christian stones made from bluestone (the same stone found at Stonehendge) and a collection of medieval carved stones that once adourned the abbey. The child friendly centre has a computer reconstruction and virtual and audio tours of the abbey are available. There is a weekely Tuesday Farmers market at the abbey and annual outdoor Shakespeare plays on the first week of August and an annual Medieval Fair on the August Bank holiday. Parking is available next to the Abbey and a short 4 minute walk away in the centre of the village.
Newport, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Let down”
Reviewed 26 August 2013

Abbey interesting, medieval event good, cafe very very poor. Service slow and muddled. Cups with no saucers and add your milk from a 2 pint container on the counter. Wanted cake though only 1 type available. Cake served in a bag. No plates available.. Who wants to eat cake out of a bag when they are in a tea shop? I certainly don't want to. Had thought both lack of plates and saucers was an attempt to keep washing up and tidying up to a minimum, but obviously wasn't working given the number of tables waiting to be cleared and a trolley at the end of the counter covered in multiple debris, cups, cartons etc. Place was a shambles which was a shame as coffee was good. Will not revisit in a hurry despite living near by.

Visited August 2013
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Thank Twtsandrupert
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AbbeyStDogmaels, Manager at St. Dogmaels Abbey, responded to this review, 29 August 2013
I was sorry your experience in the cafe wasn't good on Medieval day.as you probably noticed there were hundreds of visitors to the abbey on that date and it is the one day of the year when the cafe goes on to emergency measures and serves food and drink in takeaway cartons. It is such a small space that it literally cannot cope with the surge of visitors which is why we switch operations up to the Abbey grounds where there was a large selection of hot food and drink. If you ever visit on a normal day you will find a wide selection of home made cakes and a daily specials menu using delicious local ingredients. Oh, and we serve the food and drink in nice crockery. The unprecedented numbers meant we experienced a sellout of all our goodies in record time.
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Interesting, but not worth a special trip”
Reviewed 25 August 2013

A ruined abbey, with very interesting and informative displays, which help to give you an understanding of what the ruined walls might have looked like, and what the various rooms were used for.

Visited August 2013
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Thank Eleanor F
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swindon
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Abbey visit”
Reviewed 22 August 2013

An interesting site to visit. the history was explained well on the informative displays around the site.

Visited August 2013
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Derby, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Lovely historic abbey”
Reviewed 18 August 2013

We all enjoyed visiting this abbey in the beautiful village of St. Dogmaels. It is free to enter (we left a donation) and well kept with a modern and informative visitor centre. Our daughter loved that she could explore and climb the ruins.

Visited August 2013
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Ruthin, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lovely little ruin.”
Reviewed 6 August 2013

St.Dogmaels is cute and the ruin is easy to find. Interesting and you can walk around it. Not huge but worth a quick visit.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Maxine G
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