No discussion of important Welsh churches would be complete without a mention of St Illtud's in Llantwit Major, from which the town takes its name (Welsh - Llanilltud Fawr - the great community of Illtud).

The church is notable not only for its connections with the 6th century Celtic saint, but also for the fact that from Illtud’s llan (community) a number of other major figures of the Celtic church were sent, including Samson of Dôl. The church has among its features: spectacular medieval wall paintings, a carved stone ‘Jesse niche’ and medieval reredos, Celtic stones dating back to the 8th century, squints, and a wonderful 15th century oak roof in the western part of the church.



The building is very obviously in two parts; the eastern end would have been used by the monks of the community, the western part by the people of the town. The two parts together give the church an extraordinary length and elegance. Words or pictures alone cannot do justice the splendour of the church in Llantwit – one must visit in order to gain full insight into its importance. St Illtud’s importance is recognised by the fact that it is a Grade 1 listed building.

Sunday Services

Regular Sunday services at St Illtud’s, Church, Llantwit Major – 8.15 a.m. and 10.00 a.m. Evenings at 6.00 p.m. on 3rd and 4th Sundays.

Other regular church services:

Morning Prayer – at St Illtud’s on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 9.00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist – at St Illtud’s and St Tathan’s on Wednesdays at 10.00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist – at St Illtud’s on Fridays at 9.00 a.m.

Note: please be sure to check the Service Rota or contact the Parish Office on 01446 792439 for further details.

Other regular church activities:

Mothers’ Union – at St Illtud’s on the first Wednesday of every month at 7.15 p.m.

Toddler Church – at St Illtud’s, Llantwit Major every Wednesday at 1.30 p.m. (during term time only). There are toys for the children to play with, stories, songs, much running about and juice & biscuits to finish! An oasis in the middle of a busy week. Interested? Just come along and you will be welcomed with open arms!!

Bell ringing – for those with experience and those that want to learn. Practice sessions take place every Thursday evening at St Illtud’s, Llantwit Major. If interested please contact Mr. Peter Mayle on (01446) 792603.

St Illtud’s Church Choir – Practices at St Illtud’s Church, Llantwit Major, every Wednesday at 6.30 p.m. If interested please contact Mrs. Lynn Brown on (01446) 793804.

Faith & Fellowship – meets in term time on Mondays at 7.30 p.m. If interested please contact Mrs. Jude Peters on (01446) 793804.

Benefice team:

Members of the team can be contacted via Alison Weston the Parish Administrator on 01446 792439 or email

Parish Office opening hours are 9.00 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. Monday – Friday.