St Melangell


There has been a Christian site here for over 1200 years.

About this church

Melangell was a 7th century saint who lived as a hermit here. She was given the valley by a Prince of Powys, and became Abbess of a small community. It has been a place of pilgrimage ever since. 

The earliest church is 12th century, a simple Norman church.

The finest treasure is the shrine of St Melangell, stones carved with Celtic and Romanesque motifs. Dismantled after the Reformation, it was restored in the 1990s.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard

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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