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Tintern Abbey

North on the A466, Up the Wye Valley, Chepstow NP16 6SE, Wales
+44 1291 689251
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The appeal of this exceptional Cistercian abbey remains as enduring as ever An area of outstanding beauty complemented by this outstanding beauty in stone. If only the walls could talk! The chants of countless monks echo through the masonry here. Despite the shell of this grand structure being open to the skies, it remains the best-preserved medieval abbey in Wales. Although the abbey church was rebuilt under the patronage of Roger Bigod, lord of nearby Chepstow Castle, in the late 13th century, the monastery retains its original design. Tintern was only the second Cistercian foundation in Britain, and the first in Wales. The present-day remains are a mixture of building works covering a 400-year period between 1131 and 1536. Very little remains of the first buildings but you will marvel at the vast windows and later decorative details displayed in the walls, doorways and soaring archways.
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North on the A466, Up the Wye Valley, Chepstow NP16 6SE, Wales
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tintern is one of my favorite places visited throughout England, Scotland, and Wales. The history is incredible, and it is absolutely visually stunning. The whole site is much larger than I anticipated and we spent at least an hour wandering around. There were very few...More

Thank Leilani33
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! Even on a rainy day Tintern abbey astounds! We didn't want to leave but the rain finally forced us out. On an autumn day the scenery is breath taking. The shear weight of the stone work in the abbey is palpable. Some of the...More

Thank danielKeiran
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'd heard of Tintern Abbey but had always imagined it to be nothing special. How wrong I was! This is an incredible site. Yes it's a ruin but there is so much of it - how amazing it must have looked once. Parking is easy...More

Thank Barbara1407
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning scenery, beautiful old abbey, very atmospheric- go and visit!! So peaceful and quiet but we did go out of season, nice pub nearby and some quaint tearooms serving reasonable food and cream teas, definitely worth a visit!

Thank marian p
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in the area Tintern Abbey is not to be missed, it is both peaceful and outstandingly beautiful. We were lucky when we visited because the weather although cold was perfect and the blue skies allowed us to get some great pics of...More

Thank WRB73
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The scenic drive to the one of the greatest Welsh Abbeys was beautiful as the country road wound between Great Britain and Wales. The fall colours were amazing. Even though it was a cloudy day, the Abbey was impressive. Not very crowded so we could...More

Thank CKJ_MOM3
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A somewhat unintentional visit, after turning the wrong way out of Chepstow racecourse and finding myself on the very scenic twisty old road, through the Wye Valley, heading towards Monmouth. Suddenly, in the eerie Autumnal darkness, lit up before my eyes, is the most outstanding...More

Thank lovethesoundofthesea
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ok, I'll set this one out. I'm no great lover of old ruins, especially in a country where I've received more than my fair share of rude responses to my English accent over the years! However, as Tintern Abbey is just a stones throw over...More

1  Thank Barry_Cullum
Reviewed 8 November 2017

It was such an amazing experience. When the sun was hitting the walls, it was like game of the sun rays. I have made some amazing pictures. You have to visit and see for yourself how magical this place is.

Thank paokaki
Reviewed 7 November 2017

We were a party of two small children, a parent and a grandparent. I recommend parking at the Anchor Inn car park, right by the Abbey. Charges are refundable against purchases, which seems very fair. The Abbey now has an education centre and decent loos,...More

Thank Roisin B
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theharveyslj
26 August 2017|
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Response from Sandie A | Reviewed this property |
Even though it was raining when we visited we still stayed a couple of hours. The time soon flies with so much detail to take in and, due to the weather, we did not get to explore around the grounds or Tintern... More
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san20sg
8 January 2017|
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Response from spaqueen_9 | Reviewed this property |
As the previous traveler wrote it is visible from A466. You can see quite a bit from its car park if you don't have time to go inside although it would be a shame to miss its grandeur.
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dormi87
5 August 2016|
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Response from DubaiDave | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about a train from Chepstow to Tintern Abbey but there is a regular bus service, the No 69, from Chepstow Bus Station. You need to check the times online but in rough order, peak week days, evey 35 mins and then... More
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