St Illtud

Known as the Westminster Abbey of Wales, St Illtud's is one of the oldest Christian sites in the UK.

About this church

The church stands on the site of a Celtic monastery founded by St Illtud about 500 AD, the oldest centre of learning in Britain and a place where Christ has been worshipped for over 1500 years. It is an amalgam of medieval buildings, with a notable oak roof, medieval wall paintings, thirteenth century stone carved Jesse niche and a forteenth century reredos. 

In a recently restored Galilee Chapel is the finest collection of Celtic crosses and stones in Wales, outside the National Museum. Two of the crosses are didicated to Welsh kings, others to Saints Illtud and Samson. It has often been described as the Cathedral of the Vale of Glamorgan. 

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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