Strata Florida Abbey is a grand medieval abbey where generations of Welsh princes are buried and they are taking part in this year’s Cadw Open Doors Event
Come and enjoy a free day exploring the fascinating Strata Florida Abbey situated in Ceredigion.
The abbey of Strata Florida – Latin for ‘Vale of Flowers’ – has stood on lush meadows beside the banks of the river Teifi since 1201.
It was established by white-robed Cistercian monks as part of a movement that spread like a tidal wave across the whole of western Europe in the early Middle Ages. The Cistercian monks of the Middle Ages were quite the entrepreneurs. They might have sought wild and lonely places to practise their religion but, like eager developers, they took advantage of this rural location near Tregaron to amass vast amounts of land.
They needed the space to farm thousands of income-generating sheep. They also built roads and bridges which brought pilgrims and traders to the abbey. A shrewd move.
Strata Florida quickly became not only a site of huge religious significance in Wales but also a natural home for Welsh culture. Dafydd ap Gwilym, one of the best known of Wales's medieval poets, is buried here under a yew tree.
Strata Florida Abbey
11am until 4pm