St Illtud's Church and Galilee Chapel

Founded in around 500 A.D. by St. Illtud, the Church in Llantwit Major is one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain and is reputed to be Britain’s earliest known centre of learning.


Age Groups: Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2



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Educational Visits 

A pack of teacher resources is now available on the Llanilltud website, designed to highlight what makes St. Illtud’s Church so special and to help teachers plan, undertake and follow-up a visit with the support of our Welcomers team. 


Pre-visits are essential to decide on the purpose and focus of the learning experience and the activities to be undertaken.


On the day of the visit, we will welcome you into the Church and help to lead the activities, if appropriate, in English or in Welsh. The Welcomers, pupils and teachers dress up in monks’ habits during the visit and pupils will be presented with a souvenir before they leave. 


We expect the visit to last about two hours, depending on the activities chosen. 


  • At the western end of the Church stands the 13th century Galilee Chapel, which was destroyed during the Reformation.  However, after around 400 years, it has now been restored as a visitor and education centre.  At the heart of the exhibition space is one of the largest collection of Celtic Christian stones in the United Kingdom. 
  • There are no parking areas surrounding the Church, but coaches can drop pupils nearby, where they will be met by a member of the Welcomers team to be led safely to the Church. Coaches can then park by the railway station in the town. 
  • Toilets are available on site.

Book a Visit

Please book a visit at least a month in advance to avoid any planned services or activities at the Church.  Friday mornings are usually available.


The recommended size for groups is eight children to one adult with one class at a time as a maximum with a teacher in charge. 


Please contract Alison Weston:

  • 01446 792439


St Illtud's Church