Talley Abbey is a ruined former monastery of the Premonstratensians in the village of Talley in Carmarthenshire, Wales, six miles (10 km) north of the market town of Llandeilo. It lies in the River Cothi valley. Access to the site of the abbey is free, and the site is maintained by Cadw.

The monastery was founded by Rhys ap Gruffydd in or about 1185. In common with Strata Florida Abbey, it was once claimed to be the site of the grave of the medieval Welsh poet Dafydd ap Gwilym, but this is one of the discredited theories of Iolo Morganwg. There are two lakes near the abbey ruins, which was used for fish farming to support the community of monks. The abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII and the structure mined by the villagers for stone to build much of the present village and the chapel next to the abbey. The ruinous tower is surrounded by steep wooded hills, and it can be reached by a circuitous lane from the main road. It is well signposted.



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Founded: 1185
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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L HH (2 years ago)
A beautiful, tranquil place. A sense of calm lovely place to sit and enjoy the scenery. Walks nearby, community orchard, toilets and you can walk up the mountain. Dog friendly.
Rachel Kehoe (2 years ago)
Beautiful quiet place with stunning views, surrounded by mountains, lake and a pretty village
Nathan Hourihane (2 years ago)
Nice view Interesting old structures
Ruth Jackson (3 years ago)
Beautiful abbey ruins and a stunning location. Next to a quaint church. Lots of nearby walks. Lovely place to visit and picnic on a fine day.
barbara Nowinska (3 years ago)
Greta place to walk, good paths and stunning views. Be prepared for some difficulty on all 3 paths as there is quite a bit of climb. Also bring bag for your rubbish as there is only 1 bin on route, in car park. Public toilets and few parking spaces available.
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