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Review of Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey
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US$ 386.14*
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Private South Wales Day Trip from Bath
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Tintern
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 1 September 2018

Great site for pictures of the awesome structure! Gift shop and restrooms available for travelers. Able to accommodate many buses of tourists. Convenient for those traveling Wye Valley.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Beth J
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"wye valley"
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"gift shop"
in 83 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 114 reviews
"the river"
in 108 reviews
"awe inspiring"
in 40 reviews
"beautiful ruins"
in 29 reviews
"henry viii"
in 22 reviews
"car park"
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"anchor inn"
in 20 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 37 reviews
"information boards"
in 42 reviews
"guide book"
in 21 reviews
"across the road"
in 17 reviews
"beautiful location"
in 21 reviews
"plenty of parking"
in 19 reviews
"sunny day"
in 29 reviews
"the pub"
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Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Today we went out alone the Wye Valley and visited Tintern Abbey. Parking was £3 but the parking machine was broken so it was free today. The ruins are quite spectacular and it is easy to spend an hour wondering and losing yourself around here. After we had explored the ruins then we walked along the main road to the village and discovered a very pleasant little area complete with a cafe. The walk back was improved by taking a footpath along the river to avoid the main road. An enjoyable hour and recommended.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank DaveWomble
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Reviewed 1 September 2018

At one remove from heaven's gates pure poetry comes to mind: not only Wordsworthian, Benjaminesque, or Shades of Philip Larkin. Who could not be inspired to admiring prose and poetry among such magnificent ruins? I was. But words failed me. Thoughts remain though of a very informative system of guide/information points in all areas of the Abbey. The shop sold items of impressive quality. Nearby, I was able to avail of a range of refreshments. An historic experience - not to be missed by any visitor to the area. Only one gripe: my female companion - from Germany - rated the toilets as unusable from the normal expected hygiene standard. Fortunately, the available adjacent hotel and pub facility mitigated her disappointment. Once a month a genuine Monk leads a guided tour. I'd go back for that..

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 789tobias
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Reviewed 31 August 2018

Extremely interesting and atmospheric, fantastic to photograph. Lots of information on hand, although we didn't take advantage of this particularly given our very active 6 y/o son. Plenty of parking and a friendly visitor centre/shop. Would highly recommend - one of the most intriguing places been in years.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Stephanie W
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Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

It’s a great place to stop for a coffee and a little walk by the river. Tintern Abby looks fascinating and the history very interesting. Walking by the river on the sunny day near by lovely cottages such a relaxing experience. Car park has offer if you eat/drink at the pub then is free. We find a small tea room with proper coffee and I would recommend it. There is a walk-in bridge on the river and you can go up to the hills in the forest what I have done many years ago. It’s clear your mind out and definitely recharge your energies.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 660agnesk
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