Is Latin double dutch to you? Strata Florida translates from Latin simply as the Vale of Flowers. Want to try the Welsh? Here you go. Ystrad Fflur.
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.
You only need admire the majesty of the huge carved west doorway to appreciate how impressive this building must once have been. The plan of the church can still be clearly traced and, rather remarkably, some of the original richly decorated tiles from the abbey are still intact. One of them, ‘Man with the Mirror’, depicts a medieval gentleman admiring himself in a mirror!
29 March - 31 October 2013
Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Adult - £3.50
Family - £10.50*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £2.65
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free
*Admits 2 adults and all children under 16
Prices valid until 31 March 2014View all opening times and prices »
Postcode SY25 6ES
Road Minor roads from Pontrhydfendigaid, reached from B4340
Rail Aberystwyth 20km/12mls Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth line
Bike NCN Route No.82 (4km/2mls).
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50