25 Jan 2022

Travel North Wales | St Dwynwen’s Day

Happy St Dwynwen’s Day

In Wales we celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day (or ‘Dydd Santes Dwynwen’ in Welsh) on 25th January every year. It is the Welsh equivalent of Valentine’s Day.

Who was St Dwynwen?

St Dwynwen (Santes Dwynwen) was a fourth-century Welsh princess who lived in what is now the Brecon Beacons National Park. Dwynwen was rather unlucky in love, so she became a nun. She prayed for true lovers to have better luck than she did. 

The Welsh island dedicated to love - BBC Travel

Visiting Llanddwyn Island 

60 minutes from Tan Rallt Holiday Park & Spa

One of the most beautiful and romantic spots in Wales, it’s worth visiting Llanddwyn at any time of year, not just on 25 January. You’ll find it on the southwest corner of Anglesey, just beyond the village of Newborough. Here are three good reasons to visit: 

  1. Llanddwyn’s Blue Flag beach is backed by dunes and a forest that’s home to red squirrels and a huge roost of ravens. Newborough Nature Reserve has stunning views across the Menai Strait to the mountains of Snowdonia.
  2. Llanddwyn Island is a peninsula that’s only very rarely cut off by the highest tides. Walk out onto the headland and you’ll find two lighthouses, a couple of pilot’s cottages (which become a visitor centre in the summer holidays) and the picturesque ruins of St Dwynwen’s Church. This is built on the site of the nunnery she founded in the 5th century, and she’s said to be buried here.
  3. There are several wells and springs on the island, including Merddyn Cil (Merlin’s Well) and Ffynnon Dafaden (whose waters are said to cure ailments). Most importantly for lovers, there’s Dwynwen’s Well, which is said to be home to eels who can predict whether your relationship is going to be a success!

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