St Mary's Priory Abergavenny: The Priory Centre

Welcome to ST MARY'S PARISH CHURCH at St Mary's Priory, Abergavenny

St Mary's Priory

Parishioners applauding

St Mary's Priory is the parish church for the town and community of Abergavenny and is one of the largest and finest parish churches in Wales. The parish stretches from the ancient Llanellen bridge to the top of the Sugar Loaf mountain – reputedly one of the ‘purple-headed mountains’ in the hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful.

There is a daughter church Christchurch in North Street, which serves the western parts of the parish. Built as an iron church, it was then clad in cedar wood and has been restored in recent years.

St Mary’s Priory is in the Diocese of Monmouth, one of six dioceses in the Church in Wales, and is one of several ancient Benedictine foundations in the area. The Cathedral Church is Newport Cathedral, although, in 1921 when the diocese was founded, there was some thought given to making St Mary’s the Cathedral.

The Church in Wales

At the beginning of the 20th century, churches in Wales were part of the Church of England. But, partly to assert national identity, in 1919 the Church of England was disestablished in Wales, and then replaced the following year by the Church in Wales, which is both independent of the state and an independent member of the Anglican Communion.




For more information please visit the Church in Wales Website

Visiting the church

Services have now resumed again at St Mary's Priory following the easing of lockdown.  There are currently three services each Sunday:  Said Eucharist at 8.00am, sung Priory Eucharist at 11.00am and Choral Evensong at 5.00 pm (Evensong at Christchurch on the 1st Sunday of the month). Please see St Mary's Blog for the monthly Music List.  There is a limit of 50 places available at 11.00am and 5.00pm and 16 for the 8.00am service for anyone wishing to attend; places must still be booked by phoning 01873 858787.  You are asked to leave a message if there is no answer - messages can be picked up remotely.  Please note we cannot accept email bookings. 

The church is currently open for visitors who wish to see the fine monuments or sit in quiet contemplation Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 10.00am to 2.00pm and Saturday from 10.00am until 3.00pm.  Due to the current circumstances, there is a one-way system in place and cleaning procedures followed by our volunteers after each visitor.

We are, regrettably, still unable to accommodate church members who normally access cupboards, vestries and other areas and we are still unable to provide access to toilets.  

A contactless payment system is now available for donations in the church.

We are immensely grateful for your help in respecting these guidelines which are allowing us to open. We are also tremendously grateful to all who are enabling this to happen by stewarding and cleaning.

The Memorial Garden at St Mary’s will be open at the same times as the church to allow people to tend and visit graves.






St Mary's Priory Church is registered as a charity with the Charity Commission, number 1137751.

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