Path approaching St Illtud's Church, Llantrithyd

Llantrithyd Church and Manor House

We stopped off today at Llantrithyd Church. It’s situated in the centre of the rural Vale of Glamorgan half way between Cardiff and Cowbridge. It’s off the beaten track along a small lane that runs from Bonvilston through the countryside eventually ending up in Llantwit Major.

The church appears to date from the 1500s and is a beautiful place. The inside of the church is well worth a visit when it’s open – “Here is a massive 16th century family altar tomb dominating the tiny interior. It retains its colourful paint and gilded detailing and shows a man in armour laying next to his wife, both with their hands together in prayer.” – Wales Online

View of the derelict Llantrithyd Place

The derelict Llantrithyd Place

Next to the church are the derelict ruins of what was Llantrithyd Place, a 16th century manor house. It’s a real shame to see it in this state and it’s hard to see now what an impressive building it once was. Though luckily an almost perfectly preserved similar manor house can be found at Llanmihangel just south of Cowbridge. And this manor house is a B&B so you can stay in it!

Llantrithyd Church is well worth a visit. There’s adjacent parking for 2 or 3 cars. No public transport, though it is walkable from Bonvilston which has a regular bus service (the X2) from Cardiff or Bridgend. Be careful driving the single track lane, it’s a bit of a rat-run especially during the rush hours.

View of St Illtud's Church, Llantrithyd

St Illtud’s Church, Llantrithyd

Click on any of the photos for a larger view. There’s a Google map below with the location.

Read More from Wales Online – this Wales Online article about the history of Llantrithyd is well worth a read.