Caldey island has such a peaceful, spiritual and calm feeling even in August.. The return boat trip cost £11.00 for each adult. It's a 20 minute crossing. You don't pay once you are on the island. As you approach the main 'village' thare is a lovely message on a board from the Cistercian monks who live in the monestary on the island. It is worth getting there as early as you can and leaving late so that you can explore the island. The woods are magical. Some very interesting old buildings and lovely churches to visit too.The cafe is the only downside with only soft white filled rolls and pasties. Worth bringing your own lunch and just buying a drink at the only cafe. No indoor space to sit , some undercover seating (10 seats) under roof.. All tables in the garden overlooked by the beautifully simple monastery. The monks make and sell their own perfumes, biscuits and chocolate and fudge. You can also send a postcard from the post office on the island and buy a special stamp and have it franked. There is a very informative video of the island playing back to back and you can join the monks and listen to their prayers/chants for a 10 minute service once a day. You need to check what time the service is at the main gift shop. A truly touching experience.
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