St Gwyddelan's Church

St Gwyddelan's Church, Dolwyddelan: Hours, Address, St Gwyddelan's Church Reviews: 4.5/5

St Gwyddelan's Church
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Cemeteries • Churches & Cathedrals
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Malcolm G
Leicester, UK180 contributions
Historic old church with a dragon to find.
Jun. 2019 • Couples
This historic old church is full of atmosphere and it has a hidden dragon to find as well as an ancient bell hanging from a roof beam that was dug up from the ruins of the original church up in the hills. It's open every day and well worth a visit.
Written July 2, 2019
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Frederick M
Rugby, UK108 contributions
Well worth dropping off the main road for
Apr. 2019 • Couples
A tiny little church with a fascinating history so I won't spoil your discovery experience by saying any more about it. It's open all day and usually has one of thye locals around top tell you about it. Plenty of free car parking space and a local SPAR just a couple of hundred yards away selling Costa coffee at sheltered outside tables.
Written May 2, 2019
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK3,964 contributions
Atmospheric little church.
Mar. 2019 • Couples
Although, perhaps sadly, I am not religious, I love visiting churches as they often provide a social and historic insight to the past. Having visited everything from grand cathedrals and important sing minsters to the simplest chapel, I am coming to the opinion that I prefer the simpler and more austere churches. Somehow simple churches in remote or rural areas conjure up images of a relatively poor congregation sitting downcast while the local minister batters them with a hell and damnation sermon, and that is the pictures that came to me here.

Without being political, I also think that simple churches are more in keeping with the concepts of religion than the large ones in which vast fortunes have been spent on the sheer glorification of the church. Never seems right to me somehow.

So this lovely little church really ticked all the boxes for me and reminded me of a similar, marvellous church not far away near Conwy - Llangelinnin old church (see separate reviews re Conwy). We were fortunate to meet a local while we were here and he took great pride in telling us about the history of the church and pointing out the little bell on the ceiling and the carved beam.

We really enjoyed our visit.
Written March 4, 2019
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JamesMNewland
Wells, UK39 contributions
An exquisite church built on 12th Century foundations
Jul. 2018 • Family
We visited Wales on one of the wettest weeks of the year, and we visited St Gwyddelan's Church when it was (and this was official, BBC News confirmed it) the wettest place in the UK. I'll be honest, we popped in mainly to shelter from the incessant rain, but I'm so glad we did.

It's a small church with a big heritage, all of which is explained inside. Churches should make you feel welcome regardless of whether they are full or empty and this wonderful little place makes it impossible to resist wandering around quietly, just admiring the various architectural quirks such as an imposing rood-screen and central column looked to be made from a single lump of stone. The small table of souvenirs for sale, which I'm sure most people disregard, offers a mix of the usual custom pencils and fridge magnets, but also some pretty crockery. We bought a milk jug.

As I said, it's small and won't take long to enjoy, but that shouldn't stop you popping in, regardless of your background.
Written September 6, 2018
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Jilly2903
Llan Ffestiniog, UK1,846 contributions
Medieval rural church dedicated to "The Little Irishman"
Aug. 2018 • Couples
Me and Hubby visited here on a recent Tuesday afternoon. This Grade 1 listed medieval building is 518 years old! It is dedicated to St. Gwyddelan who was a Celtic Missionary from Ireland and who is referred to locally as "The Little Irishman". It is located 100 yards from Dolwyddelan Railway Station and is partly obscured by the yew trees.

It is very small and basic inside with white-washed walls. I particularly liked the ancient hand bell hanging from the ceiling and the dragon carving in a beam in the chancel area.
Written August 17, 2018
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