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Tintern Abbey

north on the A466, up the Wye valley, Chepstow NP16 6SE, Wales
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Chepstow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Missions
Traveler Description:  Re Tintern Abbey  ( Cistercian ) in the beautiful Wye Valley  Monmouthshire ,southern Wales, 2008 there was a small landslip which cause some... more »
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

this is a huge abbey, and beautiful. so much to see. You have to pay for parking but this can be redeemed against anything bought in the shop or in the tea room so good value really. There is a nice walk around the village and up to Tintern old church too.

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Wirral, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Travelling from either direction up/down the valley, the appearance is stunning. It occupies a beautiful setting adjacent to the river.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The abbey was pretty quiet until a tour group showed up. Until then we had the place to ourselves. The ruins are quite pretty and it was interesting to see how the monks lived at the abbey.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I have one question...Why did you let this go to ruin Henry? Why?? This would have been an incredible spectacle for its time...not to say that it wasn't the way it stands now, but my goodness...could you just imagine this building rivaling York Minster? Still it was a magnificent property as it is. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This is a very interesting site and well worth wandering around, this has the main Abbey structure still standing but the rest of the buildings are just the outline walls. There are boards with some information but could do with more. Well worth a visit

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Cadw_Wales, Owner at Tintern Abbey, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We’re glad you enjoyed your visit to Tintern Abbey. Cadw currently has a project aimed at improving interpretation for sites such as Tintern Abbey, which has already found great success. However, we are always looking for new ways to improve our visitors’ experiences, and any further feedback is always welcome. More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Tintern Abbey did not disappoint. We appreciated the numerous explanatory signs posted around the site, as well as being able to explore at leisure. The parking fee was refundable in items from the gift shop, so we stocked up on post cards.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Atmospheric peaceful setting, great little shop, ample parking and lovely people made for a very interesting informative and enjoyable afternoon.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We went one Saturday - went to look at the abbey which was surreal because of the size of it. Didn't get to go in and explore unfortunately as looked shut. Maybe next time we'll get to go in.

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Mairena del Aljarafe, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We visited Tintern Abbey in August on our way from Cardiff to Shrewsbury. The drive up the Wye valley was spectacular, as was the Abbey itself. It was a Cistercian abbey founded in 1131 and subsequently abandoned at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536. All that now remains are the ruins of the monastery and the... More

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Combined with a walk from Chepstow via the Wye Valley Way, these magnificent ruins are well worth a visit. Use your imagination and the monks will be going about their business centuries ago.

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