Places of Interest: Penmon Lighthouse

 

Penmon Priory is reputed to have been founded as monastery by St Seiriol in the 6th century.

The monastery is believed to have been destroyed during Viking raids in the 10th century, with the exception of its two early celtic gate crosses, which survived the raids and now stand inside the church. The church was rebuilt in the 12th century and became an Augustininan priory in the early 13th century, when it was also enlarged. The priory survived the Norman conquest, but was dissolved in the late 15th century, when the site passed into private ownership, although the church has remained in use throughout. You can visit the remains of the priory, the foundations of St Seiriols’ cell and St Seiriol’s well.

Penmon’s location is particularly scenic, with stunning views out to Puffin Island (Ynys Seiriol). The grounds are rich in bird life, including warblers and many sea birds, whilst a pleasant stroll to the shore brings you to Penmon point, with quality sea fishing and a close view of the lighthouse.