|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 2014 will be on Sunday May 25 at 11.00 am
final service will be on Sunday 28 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 21 December.
Please use this link to see the
list of services
at St. Tudno's in summer 2014, 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 2014
From 1 April to 31 October, St. Tudno's is
open every day.
1 November to 31 March the church is open weekends,
Wednesdays and bank holidays, weather permitting.
Prayer is said at
St. Tudno's at 9.00 am every Saturday throughout the
year (weather permitting).
Open air services are held at St. Tudno's at 11.00 am on Sundays
during the summer, though if the weather is poor the service will
held in the church.
The first open air service in 2014 was on Sunday May 25 at 11.00 am
final service will be on Sunday 28 September. On the
first Sunday in the month, the open air service is followed by a
shortened Eucharist service in the church.
During the summer, the parish provides a taxi
Trinity Church in Llandudno and St. Tudno's Church for the Sunday
morning services. The taxi(s) depart from
Square, outside the entrance to Holy Trinity Church, at 10.30 am and
will return from St. Tudno's at 12.00 noon (or at 12.15 pm to allow
attend the short Eucharist service on the first Sunday in each
month). The service is free to the users but donations towards
the cost are welcome.
From June to September, Compline by Candlelight is held on the
first Tuesday of each month at 7.30 pm and there is a special afternoon
service on the fourth Sunday of the month.
During the summer these services are held once a month, at 7.30 pm
on Tuesday evenings. The dates this year are:
of the Beginning of the First World War
There will be a special service
on Sunday 27 July at 4.00 pm.
Weather permitting, the service will end with a procession to one of
the War Graves in the churchyard, for prayers and laying of a
Refreshments will be served after the service and there will be an
opportunity to follow a self-guided walk visiting the other War Grave
and WWI memorials in the churchyard (please note, this does not include
the War Graves in the adjoining Great Orme Cemetery).
Please use this link to see the full list of services
at St. Tudno's in summer 2014.
Winter service season
From October to April, inclusive, there will a Sunday service at
11.00 am at St. Tudno's once a month, usually on the fourth
Sunday. Carols by Candlelight will be on Sunday 21 December.
Details of the winter service programme will be published
in late summer.
On Sunday 22 June at 3.00 pm
there was an ecumenical service
of All Age Worship, led by members of Emmanual Christian Centre.
Their music group lead the singing and everyone joined in a picnic
service will be held in the open air, in beautiful weather.
St. Tudno's Day
St. Tudno's Day was on Thursday
5 June and was celebrated by a Pilgrimage
Walk from Holy Trinity to St. Tudno's. There was a short act of
worship at Holy Trinity at 10.00 am, St. Tudno's Well was visited
by kind permission of the landowners and there was a Eucharist at
St. Tudno's at 12.30 pm.
Spring Working Party
took place on Saturday 17 May and the chuch and churchyard were
prepared for the summer season of services, including setting out the
benches used at the open air services.
of St. Tudno's Church Fair
This was on Saturday 10 May
and was held in Holy Trinity church hall. The Friends
currently raising money for replacement of the screen doors and window
The Easter Vigil
service was held at St. Tudno's at 5.30 am on Easter day. The
included lighting of the new Paschal candle from a new fire, renewal of
Baptismal vows and the first Eucharist of Easter. The service was
followed by a cooked breakfast.
In March, Archdeacon Paul of Bangor (centre in the photo) began
his visit to the parish with Morning Prayer at St. Tudno's.
Carols by Candlelight 2013
The annual services were held on
Sunday 22 December at 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm and both services were well
attended. There were two
services as the service is very popular but the church is small.
There are more photographs on the Special
Events and Friends
of St. Tudno's pages.
3.00 pm service.
5.00 pm service.
Please use these links for information on and photographs of events and
services at St. Tudno's during 2006-7, 2008,
and in 2013.
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: