Margam Stones Museum is a small Victorian schoolhouse near Port Talbot, which now provides a home for one of the most important collections of Celtic stone crosses in Britain. All originally found within the locality of Margam, and mostly assembled as a collection in the 19th century, they provide enduring testimony to a Welsh Christian culture between the 6th and 16th centuries.

The striking Cross of Conbelin is the most celebrated example. From around 1000 AD, it is a huge disc cross with Celtic interlace and plaitwork patterns, figurative scenes including a hunting scene, and inscriptions telling us who made it and who erected it. There are 17 early Christian stones, plus 11 memorials and other stones from the post-Norman periods. The museum is run by Cadw, the Welsh historic sites agency, and is close to Margam Abbey Church and the ruins of the Abbey buildings.



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Founded: 1892
Category: Museums in United Kingdom

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Chris Wings It (3 years ago)
It would be nice to one day find it actually open. Having nicked the original Bodvoc’s stone (amongst other heritage milestones etc) from the overlooking hill and sequestered them away here I’d appreciate the museum opening sometimes so that I could see them
Sarah smallholder richardson (3 years ago)
We took a wrong turn for Margam Park and ended up here we parked at this church and stone museum, it was open and noyone around to pay ? Myself and my mother in law found it very interesting and i myself had not even heard of the stone museum and weve lived local for many decades. Awsome pieces of our country's history carved in stone and found local to wales amazing really! We entered expecting to pay the £2.50 each which is well worth it for viewing these items upclose touching the writings of man/woman from thousands of years ago :) We then entered the church abbey wow gorgeous and it folloed through out to the very old abbey ruins and orangary we realised we where then in the actuall park ! The abbey door closes at 3.30 it was 3pm so we left and went to find the main carparkwhich was further up the main rd but its was £6.00 and things where closing from 4.30 onwards so we decided to come back and spend a whole day and not be rushing i think the parking charge is reasonable but that for disabled customers like myself there should be consessions .... i so look foward to returning in comming weeks :)
Roger Aldworth (3 years ago)
Fantastic collection, but paid £5 at 2 o'clock and got the key and the woman in the Abbey sent a man saying they wanted the key back & they don't close to 4 we drove 200 miles, I think we should have had a refund,
Tatiana Pirvu (4 years ago)
I’m sorry to find nobody here as it’s not open on weekends. I’m reviewing the place as is quiet and serene. Loved to the local people and full of history. Seems interesting the church is for sure interesting. Worth a visit as the site is popular in walkings. See the pictures in a sunny day!
Scott Jones (5 years ago)
Really interesting place, loads of old Celtic stone crosses to look at and learn about the history.
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