Penmon Priory Extortionate Car Parking

by Jenny Wilkinson
(Leicestershire)

We visited beautiful Penmon Priory on Anglesey last summer. Be very careful where you park your car though.


The guide we had said parking for Penmon priory was the free but the obvious car park is apparently on a private estate and requires payment to a chap in a shed who told us that we would be prosecuted if we didn't pay up.

Even if we left straight away (we had been stopped for about a minute)we would still have to pay. He was very rude and upset the children.

It looked a great place but the reception was hostile and I must admid to feeling physically threatened. We paid and left.

Such a shame as we could see the old building called a Dovecote and the old St Seiriol's well allegedly dating back to the time of the early Christian saints in Wales.

This is lovely part of the world with a pleassant view to the mainland but I must say, Anglesey is let down by some strange way of doing things like these extortionate car park fees at Penmon.

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Apr 12, 2017
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Does the money support the Priory? NEW
by: Anonymous

I have no problem paying reasonable parking charges although I have visited Penmon Priory many times and never had to pay.

My real question is whether this money helps to support the Priory, or whether they are cashing on on an expensive asset they don't own or contribute to?

Feb 05, 2017
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motorhomes
by: Anonymous

£10 for parking a motorhome to visit, not talking about overnighting which is not allowed. We came from denmark and heard from others about the price. We don't mind a small parking fee, but having to pay more than a coach, no way. We can only assume that they do not want tourists with motorhomes coming. Sorry we boycotted the place.

Jan 09, 2017
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IT NEEDS A PROPER SIGN!
by: Anonymous

Hopefully the landowner or his agent will read this, all that is required is a proper sign that explains that the parking area in front of the church is private and is subject to a charge - that's all. Then everyone would know and the warden would not need to be so aggressive. So simple!

Sep 02, 2016
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Penmon Parking Charges
by: Anonymous

I've been to Penmon Priory and then onto Penmon Point three times whilst on holiday over the last couple of years. First time the chap (Chunky chap, "Cheeky Scouser") approached me and said there was a charge to park at the Priory and then go on to the Point. He explained it was private land so I figured £2.50 wasn't going to break the bank and went on with it. The chap wasn't rude at all. Maybe it is because I just talked to him normally? He even told me that the Church was worth going inside and there was an info leaflet there!

The other twice I just got out of the car and approached him and gave him £2.50. No problem at all.

It's a great setting and view and you have to pay for parking all over the place so figured £2.50 was not exorbitant in any way.

Anyway, that's my experience of it for what it's worth.

Jul 22, 2016
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Penmon parking
by: Bev Daley

Been visiting Penmon on and off for years, same man on gate each time never had a problem. How do folk expect an estate to maintain it self, it's private land some payment to enter must be made. If the owner decided no public access, we would loose access to a lovely beauty spot, think on that, it's £2 50, big deal get over it!

Jun 26, 2016
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Capt Buckeley employs Bully toll troll in Penmon point
by: Anonymous

I live locally and have known different toll trolls for 40 odd years and they have on the whole nice people,however on Sunday 26th June this view was trashed by a scruffy young lad who demanded the toll for parking in front of the church yard in an aggressive manner, I had my six year old boy with me who is learning about st Seiriol and st cybi and wanted to see st Seiriols well for himself, this toll troll used the F word in front of my Lad and I was fuming 😡 very lucky my boy was with me really to keep me calm but it will be only a matter of time before somebody lamps this bully boy toll troll,rant over ✌️

Jun 16, 2016
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Car park or toll?
by: Anonymous

Phil Ratcliffe,

I don't think that anyone here is arguing against the toll to visit the point, that seems fair. What is at issue is the parking outside the priory and the fact that a parking fee is not displayed and attendant jumps out and demands the money in a rude manner.

Jun 16, 2016
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Car parking Penmon
by: Anonymous

The car parking attendant is rude threatening and abusive, would not pay and will never go back , what a shame

May 04, 2016
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For the point or the church?
by: Anonymous

Looking at the comments and from local knowledge I don't think there is an issue about going to the point. Its private land and a private road and £2.50 seems fine.

What needs proper clarification is parking at the Church / Dovecote. All it needs is a proper sign saying that you need to pay. What really annoys people is when it LOOKS like you don't need to pay and then someone pops out demanding cash.

PLEASE GET A PROPER SIGN MADE AND MOST OF THE ANGER WILL CEASE!

Apr 04, 2016
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THE FACTS
by: Anonymous

THE ESTATE BEYOND PENMON PRIORY IS PRIVATELY OWNED, IT IS NOT MAINTAINED BY THE LOCAL AUTHORITY,IT IS PRIVATE LAND...JUST LIKE YOUR BACK GARDEN.....ACCESS TO PENMON POINT FOR LEISURE PURPOSES IS PROVIDED BY THE LANDOWNER,HE CHARGES A TOLL TO ENTER....£2.50. [moderated]

PHIL RATCLIFFE

Mar 13, 2016
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a great place to stay
by: noble

A most beautiful place to stay in motorhome...TALK to gate and be civil..they are MOST welcoming...a ticket to enter..show and then pay on exit. No need to pay every time you go/arrive...again if you are friendly and civil they get to know you...and as long as you honest re last day payment they are all good....

Oct 26, 2015
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These kind of
by: Anonymous

These kind of post are always inspiring and I prefer to read quality content so I happy to find many good point here in the post, writing is simply great, thank you for the post.

Aug 09, 2015
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Fair price
by: Jim

Hundreds of cars use this road every day, it wont men itself and money has been spent on resurfacing, £2.50 for a day is nothing, some towns would charge that for one hour, the chap in the hat is a great guy and probably gets a load of stick and he works long hours, anyone would be grumpy at times.

Jul 11, 2015
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Parking of a car
by: Anonymous

For a car owner, proper care of car and how to park in a safe place is important. In many times, people face problem due to parking so how to choose a safe place to avoid any type of damage.

May 27, 2015
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Pratt!!!!
by: Mark Baron

What on earth is that guy talking about ? Mercedes what!!!! Is he yet another mud dwelling monster from the car park? ;-(

May 27, 2015
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Nice article!
by: Peter Davis

Nice article you have posted here. It’s really important to stay careful for the parking of vehicle because it may get scratches on its exterior part. The maintenance of your vehicle is the most vital for you. Dealing a luxurious car is not just enough but a proper servicing is needed.

Oct 21, 2014
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Open to abuse
by: Aled

The current method used is that a [moderated] tells you in no uncertain terms,pay up or [moderated]....

is so [moderated]....

Aug 15, 2014
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Rude Toll Troll!!
by: Simon

Whilst on holiday on the Isle of Anglesey my partner and I decided to take our Neice to visit Penmon.
On arrival to the car park just before the Toll booth we saw the gentleman in the hut who we shall call The Toll Troll quite aptly named by previously below. He came up to the car and when about 6 metres away said £2.50. I immediately informed him I wasn't going up the road which is the toll road. He turned and said it's for parking here too. I went in my boot to get my Neice a drink for the journey back and when I turned around he was directly behind me. I told him I wasn't paying for parking and I was leaving so he may as well go back to his hut. As he walked away he called me a [moderated.........]

Aug 09, 2014
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IQ of a small flowering shrub
by: Anonymous

My wife and I visited in July and were approached by a man in a hat who looked like a cross between Andy Pandy and Sméagol. He also had steel toe-capped boots which I feel have seen the side door of many a car. He approached us and said '£2.50' in that intelligent way he has about him, I don't know where he came from but I did see a crack in the wall. I thought about arguing but as I was in a hire car and thinking of the boots..I told him that my wife was born and bred in the area and she used to visit for nothing as a child. This of course instantly struck a note with him, his eyes glazed over and he said...'£2.50 or you're not getting in'. I told him where to stuff his '£2.50'and left.

Has anyone asked [moderated] about the [moderated] campsite attempting to be set up at the point? Could be interesting for the view.

Jul 31, 2014
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car parking
by: Anonymous

the car parking is provided by the estate for the public to use for leisure purposes...fishing,bird watching etc....thus the roads,hedgerows,shrubbery and general area needs to be maintained!!!!

do you expect the owners of the estate to do all that for free ??? .....get a life !!

ps. [moderated] on the gate is a nice man

phil

Sep 09, 2013
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lez dawson lookalike doorman
by: mark baron

Tried to bully me and partner eatin buttys in car demanded money said no signs he persisted told him to move away or i would move him? Lucky for him he went back to his shack pratt!!!!

Sep 09, 2013
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ugly bully penman doorman
by: mark baron

Me and partner visited penman point to view puffin island only last week. It seems the council or authoritys dont listen.we got to shack and said we were not payin £2.50 turned around and parked near priory to eat sandwich in car. No sooner we did the car park bouncer came over tryin to extort money out of us. I explained there were no parkingsigns around and turned away.he stood in front of car staring at us. Im not easilyworried so told him if he didnt move i would move him. He said he wouldnt move till we were gone. Politely told him to pi.. off then girlfriend got upset and said we had to go. How he isnt in the local hospital god knows.should anyone in authority need a statement against local bully please call 07813 130753 thanks

Jul 27, 2012
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Rip-off Merchant
by: Anonymous

Had the pleasure of this car parking bounder today. I am local, have visited Penmon first as a child myself, then as a parent with my own children.

There has been a toll up to the lighthouse for years; however it was only today that the attendant tried to extract payment for parking outside the priory itself.

Ok, I haven't visited for a year or so, but this guy (English, I should add, as I attempted - unsuccessfully - to converse in Welsh with him) stated that the once 'free' carpark had been a £2.50 charge carpark for the past 8 years!! I think not!! [MODERATED.]

Promptly spun the car around and parked it beyond the stone hut. Unbelievable.


Hope his tin hut [MODERATED]on him.


Jun 26, 2012
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No fee for Priory
by: Melanie

This is an interesting development. So according to Derek (comment below) there is only a charge to use the road to Penmon Point, but not if you are visiting the Dovecote or Priory itself.

Well, I will have to try this out for myself and report back. It is so sad that people have to face such a situation at a place meant to be for peace and contemplation.

How sad...

Jun 25, 2012
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polite bouncer (attendant)
by: derek booker

visited penmon priory last summer,attendant very polite,told me about local history priory,dovecote land owners etc,allowed me access to private land in my 4x4 ,even opened the gate for me, we discussed football etc etc;;was NOT charged for parking at the priory; visitors, show some respect you may get some back. there was a 2.50 charge to get to penmon point (lighthouse)no escaping that one, but do NOT pay at the priory,,enjoy your visit.also visit llanfairfechan,friendly little town, I live there, Derek....MAZ rocks...

Sep 26, 2011
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rude
by: Anonymous

I live on the island - I am sick and tired of the hostility one faces when visiting a site of ancestral importance and significance.

There is seemingly nothing to authorise this charge - therefore we are making it our mission to make this terribly rude man's working life as difficult as we can.

This is a con. There is no authority to charge here.

Aug 22, 2011
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Penmon still the same?
by: Anonymous

Interesting comments page!

I was hoping that the situation would have changed since we visited Penmon some years ago but these comments suggest, sadley, it is the same. When we went with my disabled child I was met by a rather abusive attendent (the bouncer?) who barely let me get out of the car before demanding money and pointing at the back of sign (that didn't say anything about paying). This immediately upset me and basically ruined our visit to this holy site.

How different it would have been if he had greeted us in a friendly manner, prehaps asked if he could help unload the wheelchair and maybe point out the features of the locality - then I would have paid, no questions asked!

A proper sign would have helped as the only sign indicating payment looked like it was to drive further on down the road. I got a very intimidating and abusive reply when I asked for clarification (evidently he is authorised to behave like this by Lord, Sir... ) I spent the visit to the church continually wondering about what he might be doing to my car on his private land; maybe clamping it and suggesting that I refused to pay? (I didn't get issued with a ticket, he just took the cash, so I had no means of proving I had paid). In the end my car was alright and we left early without further problem.

I have no issue with paying to park but I wasn't ready for instantly abusive attitude of this guy.

We have not been back.


Jun 25, 2011
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penmon Priory Extortionate Parking
by: SARGEANT PIGEON

...well done mate! I suspect the bouncer would have developed a thick skin by now, with all the rebuffs.

Lets just hope the doves/or pigeons decide to repopulate the building to the right of the Bouncer Hut.

That way, what goes around, should with any luck 'fall on top'.

Apr 21, 2011
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Bouncer
by: Anonymous

There seems to be thread here. Arrived at penmon this morning at 08.30, followed closely by a white car. The driver turned out to be the car park bouncer. Demanded money on the spot without any greeting, explanation or identification. We had 'words'. I left without paying. What a plonker.

Feb 28, 2011
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by: Prayer Warrior

Called Anglesey County Council (ACC) today

..hmmm, well it looks like the County Council agree that the land is private and owned by Sir Richard'...and the Priory for that matter.

Sir Richard' thank you for saving this place from development, the Holy Spirit is definitely in there and thanks, I suspect, to your parishoners for being prayerful people.

The ACC says that the highway finishes 'just before the little stone hut', for those that dont't know thats the stone hut on the left with the faded no parking daubed in paint: just after the Baron Hill Estate (15mph) sign which the bounders (sorry bouncers) said meant that I had to pay up...because its a car park as well.

Why, because he said so, thats why?

I mentioned the 42,800 hits on Google for the 'Penmom Priory Exortionate Car Parking' page: no comment...what a professional and sensible person.

Oh, looks like I'm going to have to contact Sir Richard' to see whether he will let me park outside the Priory for free, whilst I go into the Priory to pray?

PS I dont mind putting more than £2.50 in the collection box - it feels better than giving it to three bouncers at the Toll Gate.

Feb 26, 2011
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Feb 2011
by: Anonymous

Sir Richard .....

Is parking outside the Penmon Priory chargeable?

No one seems to know?

The bouncer at Trwyn Du Black Point Toll Gate enforce to think so.

Who knowws?

All I wanted to do was pray in the Priory something which has been done for centuries.

I was willing to tithe as well - but sorry your man on the gate, said its private land 'didint you see the sign' - it's pay up!

Please advise: Im sure your ancestors would be a bit upset that the coffers for the church was going to the bouncers at the Toll Gate.

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Car Parking
by: Anonymous

If motorists are charged to use the park and ride transport into Valletta, another cheap parking option needs to be introduced to ensure the capital is accessible to everyone, former Roads Minister Jesmond Mugliett believes.

Jul 03, 2010
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Rude Car Park Attendant
by: Anonymous

I stumbled across this as I am looking for ways to avoid this chap, with whom I've tried to deal with for 6 years.

As a tour guide I have paid a great deal of money to him for the privilege of mostly being snarled at.

(A season ticket costs £25 and single visit £2.50 - although more often than not you don't get a ticket). A couple of days ago he was actually insulting towards me which was noticed by my group who consisted of Sri Lankans, Americans and Canadians.

They were upset - particularly the Sri Lankan gentlemen. My visitors often notice the resentment of some Welsh towards the English.

However, they don't realise they actually are shooting themselves in the foot. Who wants to visit a place - however beautiful - which is full of surly people?

Just think yourself lucky you didn't meet his mother-in-law! I had the misfortune of her wrath when I had forgotten my season ticket and refused to pay again, saying that they must have had a record of my ticket (which was a crooked photocopied piece of green paper).

Curious to know what connection these people are to Lord Bulkeley?

Jun 04, 2010
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penmon priory stress car parking
by: Anonymous

I should have said that a nice clear sign would resolve this problem and no one would get stressed (although it would be difficult to be too stressed in such a great place!).

Jun 04, 2010
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More penmon parking woes
by: Anonymous

I had a very similar experience, it "looked" like the charge was for driving down to the point but he pointed out a small sign mentioning the estate. I tried to explain that I wanted to find out the times of services so that we could attend one later in the week, as we did many years ago - he said you ALWAYS had to pay and he didn't know the times. I paid up, went to the church and was back in the car within 2 minutes. The most expensive two minutes parking ever! I looked online when I got back and many places say there is free parking at the Priory. Was it worth it - yes, a very spiritual place (paid again!!!) and I guess I forgive the parking attendent, I just wish he had been nicer about it - please remember that all Welsh people are not like him, most are very pleasant!

Jun 04, 2010
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Parking at Penmon
by: Anonymous

The land is privately owned and the charge is for parking or driving down to the point. The only exception are people attending church services. In my experience the guy in the hut only gets upset when people refuse to pay, understandably. People don't complain when they park and pay for car parks in Bangor or Beumaris, why so here?

May 04, 2010
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How sad
by: Liz Thomas

I'm sad to see this comment.

I used to go to Penmon regularly as a child with my father -- of course there were no car parks in those days and it wasn't even a recognised tourism spot -- father knew everyone and we just visited and I thought that was normal and everyone did it and enjoyed it.

Of course, nowadays it is all different and it is good to know that these wonderful places are being preserved and given the publicity they deserve.

I cannot help but think that Jenny has been made a victim by someone abusing his power.

Did you report this to the Anglesey Tourism Authorities? If not, I do wish you would, it is all too easy in these places for unscrupulous individuals to take the law into their own hands if they are not supervised.

Please try and visit again, you will love the dovecote and the well -- all part of the memories of my childhood which I would love your children to experience too.

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