Caldey Abbey

Tenby, United Kingdom

Caldey Abbey is a Trappist abbey situated on Caldey Island off the coast of Pembrokeshire. Caldey Island has been known as one of the centres of Cistercian activity since Celtic times and thrived during medieval Europe. However, the current abbey was built in 1910 by Anglican Benedictine monks. The abbey passed to the Trappist order in 1929. The Abbey came under scrutiny in 2017 when some historic instances of child abuse emerged.

The roofs are of white roughcast with red tiling, while the large basement arches are of brick. The abbey church has a south tower, with five side-windows, and has a 'tapering' tower with primitive crenellations. The windows are simple, with lead glazing. Originally the fittings included silver and ebony altar decorations and other luxurious items, but many were destroyed in the 1940 fire. The refectory of the Abbey was made from fine timber, and although inspired by an ancient pattern, it was modern in design. Two large water tanks underground and a narrow water shaft eliminate the threat of water scarcity in dry seasons.



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Founded: 1910
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Dave Close (8 months ago)
Small island just off of Tenby. It was quite a choppy ride on a boat over to the island, maybe a 20 minute journey. The Island is inhabited by monks so it is a peaceful place with woodland walks and beaches. There are a few churches and a pretty impressive monastery building that doesn't appear to ever open to the public. There is also a lighthouse and a reasonable large cafe.
Marcus Jones (2 years ago)
Loved this island and so did the family. Such a peaceful place, lovely veiws and walks
Cam (2 years ago)
This is one of the most beautiful islands in the UK we have been to, the woodland walk was enjoyable, sitting having a picnic near the lighthouse overlooking the ocean was stunning. The monastery was awe inspiring and the beach was great to walk the dog on, we will be back in the future ??
Shaun Phillips (2 years ago)
Such a lovely calm and peaceful place. Had a great time here. There was no waiting around for the boats as they were constantly back and forth.
Carl Hutchinson (2 years ago)
Amazing place. Very peaceful, a lovely island to walk around and explore. Lots of benches to sit and have lunch.
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