Llwyn Celyn Open Day


Friday 11th September to  Monday 14th September 2020 10am - 4pm

No booking required


Llwyn Celyn is a Grade 1 listed medieval building. Once part of the Llanthony Priory estate it was built in the late 15th century. Llwyn Celyn sits on a hillside at the mouth of the Llanthony Valley, a few mile from the ruins of the priory. The valley has for centuries attracted poets, artist and romantics and witnessed the struggles between English and Welsh rule. Our project has not just saved the site, but also tells its history - the story of the people who inhabited it during times of political upheaval and agricultural change.


We have many fabulous events planned for the open days, with a landscape and food theme. So if you haven’t visited us yet, then come along and enjoy the award winning buildings, the wonderful Llanthony Valley and the events on offer. Please note that some events require prior booking by emailing in to [email protected], so don’t leave it too late to reserve your place:

Landscape and Story inspired by Raymond Williams' novel People of the Black Mountains
Artist Diana Heeks will be exhibiting a selection of her works Landscape and Story inspired by Raymond Williams’ novel People of the Black Mountains. This work is the culmination of four week-long visits to the Black Mountains during 2015, funded by an Arts Council of Wales Research and Development grant and supported by Peak.
Her work builds on several themes which arose during the period of research: the perception of “archetypes” of the Black Mountains landscape, meaning its inherently characteristic shapes, colours and textures; reflections on the stories themselves, the characters’ human predicaments and crises and their resonance with the problems of today; the lyricism of the writing; and the expression, as witnessed by the wealth of archaeological remains, of a sweeping 23,000-year history of human existence and struggle in this part of the Welsh borderland.

"I have witnessed Diana’s work developing … and I am continually struck by the vitality of colour and form in her paintings. The work she has produced while resident in the Black Mountains (and further developed in her studio in West Wales) stands alone as an artist’s abstract response to landscape. An understanding of Raymond Williams’ PoBM novels is certainly of interest but not essential in appreciating this new work.”
– Rebecca Spooner, Peak, November 2015
This event will take place throughout the day on the 13th - 16th September and is free.
Diana will be holding a Private View of her work on Thursday 12th September. 

From the ‘People’s Farm’ to the National Park (and beyond): Land and Landscape in the British Political Imagination, a public lecture by Dr. Martin Wright, Senior Lecturer in History, Cardiff University. 7pm, Friday 13th September
Using the inspiration of Raymond Williams’ unfinished novel People of the Black Mountains as a starting point, Martin Wright will explore what land and landscape have meant in the British political imagination over the last two centuries. What is the nature of the relationship between land, landscape, political idealism, popular movements and practical politics? How do these influences relate to our complex and conflicted ideas of nationhood? How might an understanding of the relationship between land, landscape and imagination help us to shape a more positive future?
A suggested donation of £2.50 per person to cover the cost of refreshments and can be made on the evening.

Bug Farm Foods – Food tasting event.  4pm, Saturday 14th September
Join us for a special food tasting event with Bug Farm Foods. This Pembrokeshire company is a pioneer in the development of insect based foods.  Bug Farm is a collaboration between entomologist and farmer, Dr Sarah Beynon and award winning chef Andy Holcroft, who have a shared passion for innovation, science, the environment and delicious food.  During the event you will be able to sample a range of insect based food and ingredients.
Please note, this event is not suitable for those with an allergy to dust mites or crustaceans.
A suggested donation of £5 per person to cover the cost of food can be made on the evening.

Mark Griffin from Griffin Historical will be demonstrating the craft of medieval cooking in an open air kitchen, created especially for the weekend. 
This event will take place throughout the day on the 14th & 15th September and is free.

Please note:

Access may be restricted to some parts of the site. Parking will be well signposted and there will be short walk uphill to the site – please wear sturdy footwear. Currently, the site is not suitable for those with limited mobility.

Getting there:  

Llwyn Celyn is situated a few miles north of Abergavenny. From the A465, turn into the village of Llanvihangel Crucorney. At the Skirrid Inn take the road toward Llanthony Priory.  Llwyn Celyn is situated on the left, about I mile out of the village. 

The property postcode is NP7 7NE so you can use this on your sat navs and then follow the parking signs.

For further information please contact Booking Enquiries. The Booking Office is open Mon to Fri - 9am to 5.30pm.