Steeped in history, and certainly worth a visit if you’re in the area, the legendary medieval Valle Crucis Abbey was founded in 1201 by Prince Madog ap Gruffydd and the ‘white monks’ of the Cistercian order. Its Latin name (Valley of the Cross) refers to the nearby ninth-century Pillar of Eliseg.
Valle Crucis wasn’t simply a place of prayer. For three turbulent centuries it was a working community whose livelihood depended on a series of outlying farms known as granges.
Valle Crucis Abbey is located near to Llantysilio, just outside Llangollen.
Nearest car park + postcode: LL20 8DD, room for 6 cars
Nearest rail station: Chirk or Ruabon
Nearest town: Llangollen
Valle Crucis Abbey, Llangollen LL20 8DD