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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 services during the summer. 

The first open air service in 2015 was on Sunday May 24 at 11.00 am and the 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 by 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 and events in the Parish can be found on the Calendar and Special Events pages.  St. Tudno's Day is celebrated on 5 June. 

A Friends 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 the Friends' web page for further details. 

We 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, we 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.

Open air service at St. Tudno's Church

The church is open every day from April till October and on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays and bank holidays from November till March, weather permitting.  Visitors 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.

A prayer for all who visit St. Tudno’s Church:

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 wardens  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 visiting
 Diolch am eich ymweliad

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St. Tudno

St Tudno window

Window in Holy Trinity Church
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 of Christianity. 

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.

Extract from T.F. Wynne's booklet  St. Tudno and St. Tudno’s Church,
available from the church
Celtic cross

One of many Celtic crosses in the churchyard

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St. Tudno's Church

St Tudno's Church

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 1839 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.

St Tudno's Church from NW

In 1840 St. George's Church was built in 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 work began on St. Tudno’s day and the church was re-opened for public service on St. Luke’s day (18th October) 1855.

Stigmata boss
Stigmata boss
The oldest part of the present building is the north wall of the nave, which dates from the 12th century.  The font dates back to the 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 east 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 Communion.  This 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 church of Llanrhos.  Obviously the work of a local craftsman, these two bosses 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

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 St Tudno’s Churchyard

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 century and can be found close to the south wall of the church. 

St Tudno's churchyard

St. Tudno's churchyard has been closed 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 wardens 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).

The large cemetery and the cemetery chapel are shown in the foreground of this photograph.  Just beyond the cemetery are St. Tudno's Church and 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 churchyard. 
Cemetery and St. Tudno's Church and churchyard

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Sophia's drawing
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 accurate, picture of St. Tudno's, which she drew during an open air service.

Pet Blessing 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

Church opening
From 1 November to 31 March, St. Tudno's Church is open weekends, Wednesdays and bank holidays, weather permitting.  From 1 April to 31 October the church is open every day. 

Winter Service Season
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 three services of Carols by Candlelight because for safety reasons admittance will have to be restricted to the number of seats available. 

October 25 11.00 am A Service for Bible Sunday
November 7  9.00 am Boer War Remembrance (Saturday)
November 29 11.00 am A Service for Advent
December 20 3.00 pm
4.30 pm
6.00 pm
Carols by Candlelight
Carols by Candlelight
Carols by Candlelight
January 31 11.00 am A Service for Candlemass
February 28 11.00 am A Service for Lent
March 27  6.00 am Easter Vigil, followed by breakfast
April 24 11.00 am Stations of the Resurrection
May 29 11.00 am First Open Air Service

Worship at St Tudno's in 2015
The season of open air Sunday services at St Tudno's is from 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 wonderful experience to have this time of prayer in such a holy place. 
Fr. John

Summer open air services, Sundays at 11.00 am
The 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 church. 

Please 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. 

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Recent events

Boer War Remembrance
Saturday 7 November

Men 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. 

Boer War remembrance

Autumn Working Party
Saturday 17 October

The Friends of St. Tudno's were busy during the autumn Working Party.  The church was cleaned, 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.

Working party

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Harvest Festival
Sunday 27 September

The 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. 

Harvest Festival

Open Air Songs of Praise
Sunday 30 August, 4.00 pm, open air.
Favourite hymns were chosen and introduced by members of the congregation. 

Songs of Praise

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Diocesan 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 served refreshments. 

Open Church Day displays

Open Church Day displays

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Healing Service
Sunday 26 July, 4.00 pm
Prayers for healing for ourselves, for people whom we know and for situations in the world.

Concert - Saturday 25 July, 7.30 pm

Poster for concert

Choir concert     Recorder players at choir concert

"Music for a Summer Evening" by Cantamus Chamber Choir.

Pet Blessing Service, Sunday 28 June
The 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 Events page.  All pets were blessed individually, by name. 

Pet Blessing Service
Pet Blessing Service
Pet Blessing Service
Pet Blessing Service
Pet Blessing Service
Pet Blessing Service
Pet Blessing Service
Pet Blessing Service
Pet Blessing Service

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St. Tudno's Day, Friday 5 June
The 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.

St. Tudno's Day pilgrimage
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Spring working party, Saturday 16 June
The 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. 

Spring working party

Stations of the Resurrection, Sunday 26 April
This service included prayers and readings while walking around the churchyard.  We were blessed with beautiful weather for the service. 

Stations of the Resurrection service

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Easter Day, Sunday 5 April

The Easter Vigil was held at St. Tudno's at 5.30 am.

The service included lighting of the new Paschal Candle from a new fire, Vigil readings, renewal of Baptismal vows and the first Eucharist of Easter.

The service was followed by a cooked breakfast.
Easter Vigil at St. Tudno's
Easter Vigil at St. Tudno's
Easter Vigil at St. Tudno's
Easter Vigil at St. Tudno's
Easter breakfast at St. Tudno's

Wednesday 1 April, 7.00 pm, A Service of Light and Shadows for Holy Week
During this service the old Paschal candle was extinguished.

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Winter services

Over winter, services 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 service and refreshments were shared outdoors, as it was warmer outside than in the church!

Refreshments after service

Carols by Candlelight
Sunday December 21 at 3.00 pm and at 5.00 pm.

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 (left) and 102 (plus two dogs) at 5.00 pm (right). 

Carols by Candlelight 3pm      Carols by Candlelight 5pm

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Please use these links for information on and photographs of events and services at St. Tudno's during 2006-7, 2008, in 2009, in 2010, in 2011 in 2012, in
2013 and in 2014.

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These 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.

Lord and Father, we thank you for the beauty of this place which you created.

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. 

Great Orme near St Tudno's Church
Great Orme near St. Tudno’s Church

Snowdonia fron the Great Orme
Snowdonia from the Great Orme
Loving 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 the life. 


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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 Cytûn (Churches Together in Llandudno) website:  Cytûn - Llandudno Churches Together
Information on other ancient churches in Wales can be found at this website:  http://attractions.walesdirectory.co.uk/Churches_and_Chapels.htm 

Photographs © C. Jones
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