St Dogmaels Abbey was formally founded by Robert fitz Martin and his wife, Maud Peverel, in 1120, and built on, or very near to, the site of the ancient pre-Norman-conquest church of Llandudoch. Among the ruins of the old abbey church original 15th-century floor tiles can still be seen in large areas along the length of the nave. The site takes its name from Dogmael, a 6th-century Christian saint, reputedly the cousin of St David. Following the Dissolution, the abbey was converted into a private mansion. In the restored Coach House there is a museum and visitor centre that displays a collection of early Christian stones and the beautiful carved stones that once adorned the abbey. Photo credit: © Crown copyright (2015) Cadw
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: Audio tour, video presentation
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily 10-4 (last admission 3.30). Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan
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About the area
Wales meets the Atlantic Ocean in spectacular fashion at Pembrokeshire. Unlike the West Country, Pembrokeshire can offer the coast without the crowds, and quaint fishing villages without those huge coach parks. Volcanic eruptions and earth movements have left a tortured rocky coastline of some 160 miles, whose beauty and drama have been recognised by National Park status.
Sometimes known as ‘Little England Beyond Wales’, the county has held a fascination for English visitors ever since the first Norman warlords forced their way in 800 years ago, leaving a string of 50 fine castles in their wake. The anonymous author of The Mabinogion, an 11th-century collection of Welsh folk legends, started it all. His description of the old Celtic kingdom of Dyfed (which encompasses Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire) as ‘the land of magic and enchantment’ was perhaps the earliest written attempt to sum up the outstanding natural beauty of this wonderful westernmost outpost of Wales. This is a county where you can take it easy on the sandy beaches, make sport out of those Atlantic waves, or discover the mysteries of St David’s or the ancient Preseli Hills.
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