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Just outside of Llangollen in the valley, you will find the spectacular ruins of the Valle Crucis Abbey, built all the way back in 1201 by Prince Madog ap Gruffydd Maelor. The abbey was dissolved during the 1527 Dissolution of the Monasteries and has been falling into disrepair ever since, though it is now operated by Cadw, who are keeping it in fine form for visitors.

The site has a wide wealth of history to it, meaning you can get lost in the past as you walk your four legged friend around the property. Let the dogs off the lead to roam free for a bit while you appreciate the architecture and imagine what it must have been like all those centuries ago.

You can even let the dog enjoy a bit of a paddle in the monks’ fishpond! For yourself to enjoy, there is the well preserved Chapter House, replete with its striking roof in a rib-vaulted style.

Once you have had your fill of the ruins, you and the dogs will surely appreciate a walk into the woods that surround the abbey. Have a relaxing stroll or play a bit of fetch with a stick – the choice is yours.


Valle Crucis Abbey is found in Llantysilio in Denbighshire. Parking is available nearby. 

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