|ST.TUDNO AND ST TUDNO'S CHURCH
||SANT TUDNO AC EGLWYS SANT TUDNO
Welcome to St. Tudno’s Church
Croeso i Eglwys Sant Tudno
The ancient church of St. Tudno
is a place of pilgrimage, peace and prayer and is an active place of
worship within the Parish of
Llandudno, including weekly open air
during the summer.
A prayer for all who visit St. Tudno’s Church:
The first open air service in 2015 was on Sunday May 24 at 11.00 am
final service was on Sunday 27 September. The Parish provides
a taxi to the Sunday morning services. There
are also a number of special services
during the year including Carols
Candlelight on 20 December.
Please use this link to see the
list of services
at St. Tudno's in summer 2015, while details other services
events in the
Parish can be found on the Calendar
Events pages. St. Tudno's Day is celebrated on 5 June.
of St. Tudno's Church Group has now been formed and welcomes anyone
who would like to join St. Tudno's extended family. Please see
web page for further details.
hope that you will be able to visit St. Tudno's and a warm welcome
awaits you at our services. If you are unable to visit in person,
hope that visiting this web site will help you to experience something
of this very special place, where Christians have been worshiping for
more than 1400 years.
The church is open every day
from April till October and on Saturdays,
Sundays, Wednesdays and bank holidays from November till March, weather
are encouraged to sign the Visitors' Book and to write prayer
requests in another book. When the church is closed each day,
prayers are said for all who have asked and for all visitors.
Father God, who
led St. Tudno
To this blessed
and holy place,
Lead us through
life’s joys and sorrows,
Help us feel your
peace and grace.
If you would like
more information on St. Tudno's Church, please click here to contact
one of the
or the Rector.
Please see the map for directions to the
church. For the Sunday morning services, transport
is available between Holy
Trinity Church in Llandudno town centre and St. Tudno's Church.
Thank you for
Diolch am eich ymweliad
Window in Holy
In the sixth century the
young Tudno (pronounced “Tidno”) entered the
monastery of Bangor is Coed, near Chester, which was renowned for its
learning, patriotism and missionary zeal. In faith, Tudno then came to
the ancient rock of the Great Orme and climbed the steep paths of the
windswept headland to bring to the little round stone huts the message
St. Tudno’s Church, on the Great Orme, is an emblem
in stone of the witness of men down the ages to the faith first brought
to this part by Tudno, Saint and Confessor.
St. Tudno is now the
patron saint of Llandudno and his feast day is celebrated on 5th June.
T.F. Wynne's booklet St. Tudno
and St. Tudno’s Church,
available from the church
One of many
Celtic crosses in the churchyard
St. Tudno founded his cell on
the Great Orme in the sixth century but
no trace of the original building remains. The present church was
built in the 12th century but extended in the 15th century. In
the roof was damaged by a severe storm and it was decided not to repair
the church but to build a new church nearer the centre of what was then
the village of Llandudno.
In 1840 St. George's Church was
Church Walks and served the mainly Welsh-speaking population. St.
Tudno’s Church was neglected until 1855 when an appeal was made for
£100 to repair the roof and Mr. W.H. Reece of Birmingham and Plas
Tudno, Llandudno, "gratefully resolved to restore the church at his
sole cost as a thank offering for Divine Goodness". The repair
began on St. Tudno’s day and the church was re-opened for public
service on St. Luke’s day (18th October) 1855.
oldest part of the present building is the north wall of the nave,
which dates from the 12th century. The font dates back to
12th century and fixed to the south wall are two fine old stone coffin
lids, which date back to the 13th century. On either side of the
window are painted tablets with the Lord's Prayer, the Creed and the
Ten Commandments in the Welsh language.
In the roof is a wood carving,
above the sanctuary step where people kneel to receive Holy
is the stigmata, or representation of the five wounds of our
Saviour, which depicts the two hands, the two feet and the side, each
bearing a wound. There is a similar boss in the neighbouring
Llanrhos. Obviously the work of a local craftsman, these two
are thought to be the only examples of their kind in the country.
Information from T.F. Wynne's booklet St. Tudno and St. Tudno’s Church,
available from the church
The churchyard, within the
boundary wall surrounding the church, was
for many years the main burial place for the people of Llandudno, whose
coffins and gravestones had to be brought up the steep roads of the
Great Orme. The earliest inscribed stones date from the 18th
and can be found close to the south wall of the church.
St. Tudno's churchyard has been
for burials for many years and the Church in Wales regulations do not
permit scattering of ashes in churchyards. Please please
click here to contact
one of the
or the Rector
if you wish to
locate a particular grave in the churchyard. However, there is
often confusion as to whether a grave “on the Orme” is in the
churchyard or in the adjoining Cemetery, which is administered by Conwy
County Borough Council (01492 544677).
large cemetery and the cemetery chapel are shown in the foreground of
this photograph. Just beyond the cemetery are St. Tudno's Church
churchyard, surrounded by a boundary wall.
The cemetery opened in September 1903 and the majority of burials after
this time would have been in the cemetery rather than the
Children are very
welcome at St. Tudno's. The open air services are ideal for children:
the service style is relaxed with plenty of hymns, there are
interesting things to look at (birds, boats on the sea, maybe even some
of the Great Orme goats), younger children can wander about and older
ones might like to ring the bell before the service (it's quite a small
bell) or help to take the collection.
Don't worry if the service is inside the church instead of outside -
everyone is welcome and no one minds a bit of noise.
Many thanks to Sophia (aged 8) for this lovely, and very
of St. Tudno's, which she drew during an open air service.
Dogs are very welcome and
there are some
who are regular members of
the congregation. Nobody minds if they try to join in the hymns!
Don't worry if the service is
inside the church instead of outside
- dogs are welcome to come in too.
If your dog is thirsty, a bowl
of water can be found in the porch.
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News, services and events in 2015
November to 31 March, St. Tudno's Church is open weekends, Wednesdays
April to 31 October the church is open every
Over winter, services are held
once a month, usually on the last Sunday of the month, and the Sunday
morning services will be followed by refreshments. There will be
services of Carols by Candlelight because for safety reasons admittance
will have to be restricted to the number of seats available.
Winter Service Season
||A Service for Bible Sunday
|| 9.00 am
||Boer War Remembrance
||A Service for Advent
|Carols by Candlelight
Carols by Candlelight
Carols by Candlelight
||A Service for Candlemass
||A Service for Lent
|| 6.00 am
||Easter Vigil, followed by
||Stations of the Resurrection
||First Open Air Service
Worship at St Tudno's in 2015
The season of open air Sunday services at St Tudno's
the end of May till
the end of September but
it is possible to worship there throughout the year. On
Saturday mornings at 9.00 am, a small group gathers to say the
office of Morning Prayer. You are welcome to join us and it is a
experience to have this time of prayer in such a holy place.
Summer open air services, Sundays at 11.00
summer service season is from the end of May to till the end of
September. A free taxi leaves Holy Trinity Church in Llandudno at
10.30 am. If the weather is bad, services are held in the
use this link for a list of all services
at St. Tudno's
in summer 2015
and please see the St. Tudno's page
for further details of special services.
Boer War Remembrance
Saturday 7 November
from the Llandudno area who lost their lives in the Boer War were
remembered in a short service at St. Tudno's, which included laying
wreaths at the memorial in the churchyard.
Autumn Working Party
Saturday 17 October
of St. Tudno's
were busy during the autumn Working Party. The church was
litter cleared from the churchyard and cut grass raked as part of the
wildlife conservation policy. There are more photographs on the Friends
of St. Tudno's page.
Sunday 27 September
Harvest Festival Service was held in the afternoon and included a
collection of tins and packets of food for Conwy Food Bank. The
service was followed by refreshments and marked the end of the summer
service season for 2015.
Air Songs of Praise
Sunday 30 August, 4.00 pm, open
Favourite hymns were chosen and introduced by members of the
Open Church Day: "Saints and Sinners"
Saturday 1 August, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm.
This included displays on
"Saints and Sinners" in the Bible and in local legends and a
self-guided churchyard tour: "For All the Saints". The churchyard
tour will be available till the end of the summer and includes
information on churchyard wildlife. The Friends
of St. Tudno's welcomed visitors, told them about the church and
Sunday 26 July, 4.00 pm
Prayers for healing for ourselves, for people whom we know and
in the world.
- Saturday 25 July, 7.30 pm
"Music for a Summer Evening" by Cantamus Chamber Choir.
Blessing Service, Sunday 28 June
service was attended by a
number of dogs, two cats (one of whom brought himself), a guinea pig
and their owners. There is another photograph on the Special
All pets were blessed individually, by name.
St. Tudno's Day, Friday 5 June
annual St. Tudno's Day Pilgrimage walk took place from Holy Trinity to
St. Tudno's, via St. Tudno's Well (visited by kind permisson of the
landowners) and was followed by the St. Tudno's Day Eucharist.
of the Resurrection, Sunday 26
Spring working party, Saturday 16 June
benches were set out for the summer service, the churchyard tidied and
cut grass raked away. The church was cleaned and there was time
to relax and enjoy refreshments.
This service included prayers and readings while walking around
the churchyard. We were blessed with beautiful weather for the
Easter Day, Sunday 5 April
7.00 pm, A Service of Light and Shadows for Holy
During this service the old Paschal candle was
at St. Tudno's were held once a month and were followed by hot drinks,
cakes and fellowship. The weather was beautiful for the March
and refreshments were shared outdoors, as it was warmer outside than in
Carols by Candlelight
Sunday December 21 at 3.00 pm and at
There were two services as these
are popular but the church is
small. Both services were very well attended, with 132 at 3.00 pm
and 102 (plus two dogs) at 5.00 pm (right).
Please use these links for information on and photographs of events and
services at St. Tudno's during 2006-7, 2008,
and in 2014.
prayers were written by Revd Jane Allen, for some of our St.
Tudno prayer cards and were inspired by the presence of God which can
be felt in the church and the beauty of the surrounding countryside.
and Father, we thank you for the beauty of this place which you
In all the uncertainties of our world, may the hills which
stand steadfast and sure about us speak of the steadfastness of your
love; may the sea around us with its eternal ebb and flow keep us aware
of your ever-flowing grace; may the open sky above us remind us that
your mercy is always offered to us.
Help us to remember that we are
part of your Creation and that you cherish us and hold us in the palm
of your hand.
Orme near St. Tudno’s Church
from the Great Orme
Father, when the way seems difficult, when the day seems weary, when we
are troubled, or lonely, or sad, lift us up into your presence, just as
the hills are lifted up.
Comfort us with the knowledge of your love, nourish us with the beauty
of mountain and valley, sea and sky spread out before us.
Thus strengthened and refreshed, may we journey on, trusting that you
will guide us in the steep places, show us the pathway when it is
hidden or uneven, walk with us wherever our road may lead.
We ask this in the name of your dear Son, who is the way, the truth and
Please use these links for websites with information on Llandudno and the Great Orme
and on events and
businesses in Llandudno.
Information on other churches in Llandudno can be found on the
(Churches Together in Llandudno) website: