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Abbeycwmhir has been variously described as an amphitheatre of stupendous grandeur clothed in wood, a wild and mountaineous place and the situation of the abbey as betwixt two great hills in a bottom, where runneth a little brook (1540). Certainly the location of the abbey ruins is remarkable and very beautiful - a good place to bring a picnic. Everyone comments on the peacefulness of the place with the Clywedog Brook running beyond the fish pool at the bottom of the field.
When it was first built it was decsribed as a sumptuous building and was one of the longest Abbies in the UK. But why was it so grand - nobody has worked out why - perhaps you can? Today much of the stonework has been robbed but there is still much to investigate guided by the Quick Guide available in the exhibition room. Five of the arches were taken to Llanidloes Parish Church where they can still be seen.
Other leaflets and the CADW Exhibition explain the history of this once great Abbey.
St Mary's Parish Church, nearby, has a beautiful tomb lid on display as well as being a rather special Victorian church.
Access to the ruins is good and past the back door of Home Farm (the red brick buildings on the bend, on the left as you go into the village .)