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Citadels of God: North Welsh Churches and Monasteries

Pick-up/Drop-off: Llandudno Junction railway station (direct trains to London, Holyhead, Chester, Liverpool and Manchester).

Accommodation: single hotel in the Conwy area

With distinctive architecture, dramatic scenery and exceptional material utterly unique to the area, the North Welsh churches and monasteries are increasingly forming the focus of popular and serious academic interest. The church played a critical role in the preservation of Welsh culture in the wake of Edward I's invasion and colonisation policies and left behind an incredible legacy that arguably still influences Welsh society today.

The tour begins with visits to the spectacularly situated Valle Crucis abbey and the fascinating old parish church at Llangar, whose medieval freezes survived the Reformation and give a truly unique and astonishing view into fifteenth century religious life. You will also experience St. Asaph cathedral - reputedly the smallest ancient cathedral in Britain - and Aberconwy Abbey, both of whose histories are closely linked to Edward I's Welsh wars. More remote sites are also visited at Beddgelert and then Llanfaes and Pen Mon on Anglesey. These sites are set in the beautiful scenery of Snowdonia, the North Wales coast and Clwydian Hills and there are opportunities to relax in the tea rooms and shops of St. Asaph, Conwy and Beaumaris.
Pen Mon Priory and Church, Anglesey, North Wales
Hidden gems - early medieval archaeology typical of Welsh ecclesiastical sites