The Tithe Barn, Abergavenny
Abergavenny's Tithe Barn dates back to the 12th century. The building has been restored and converted into an attractive Welsh food hall, shop, café, local history centre and exhibition space.
Originally, the Tithe Barn housed the tithes (taxes) paid by the local community to the monks of St Mary's Priory, nearby. Over the centuries, the building has been reinvented many times, serving as a coach house, theatre, timber warehouse, grain store, Women’s Institute shop, carpet warehouse and auction house. In the 1960s, it became Abergavenny's first ever disco.
These days it's a beautiful and popular community and visitor centre, café and shop. One of its prize exhibits is a tapestry created by local residents to celebrate the history of Abergavenny and mark the year 2000.
Visiting the Tithe Barn
The building is owned and managed by St Mary's Priory Church and is open to the public. Access is free.
How to get there
The centre is just off the A40 in the centre of Abergavenny. The main bus stop is less than 50m away.
Tithe Barn, Monk Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5ND, tel 01873 858787, www.stmarys-priory.org/tithebarn
Food hall selling locally sourced produce, shop, café, local history centre, exhibition space. Guided tours of the Priory Church and Tithe Barn by arrangement.
Next to the church, pay and display
Ground floor, with disabled access
The Tithe Barn has two floors with lift access to the heritage centre on the second floor. Wheelchair loan available on request. Volunteers are on hand should you require any assistance during your visit.