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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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“wye valley” (107 reviews)
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North on the A466, Up the Wye Valley, Chepstow NP16 6SE, Wales
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+44 1291 689251
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"awe inspiring"
in 37 reviews
"wye valley"
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"gift shop"
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"the river"
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"beautiful ruins"
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"cistercian monks"
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"guide book"
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"information boards"
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What a wonderful sacred place to visit. I really felt calm and rested while visiting this historical place. The ruins are magnificent and well maintained and it was really good value for money. You pay for parking but hand in the butt on the ticket...More

Thank 2014kb
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

These ruins were so different from some of the others we saw in Wales. We saw many castles that are intriguing but blocky. These ruins look like you are looking through lace. You can almost hear singing.

Thank Laura C
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We didn't pay to go in, just wandered around the outside, but we did it in the evening just as the sun was setting. We stopped in the Anchor for a drink and when dusk comes the Abbey is at its most atmospheric!

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Abbey is spectacular and well worth a visit especially if you love the Wordsworth poem. But we found the woman on reception to be very unfriendly. I stood with my dogs to the side while my husband queued for tickets. she shouted at me...More

Thank Margaret H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here on 9th July with my partner we came early before it got too hot the Abbey is very impressive and the scenery surrounding it is stunning the people in the visitor centre were lovely and the shop is well stocked with high quality...More

Thank ambrose34
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Reviewed 1 week ago

beautiful grounds and thought provoking history. lovely location to relax and have tea with friends and family

Thank Willy626
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Set in the beautific, tiny valley of tintern. This is a great visit for all, and there's top class ice cream too!

Thank Neil J
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really special abbey, worth going to just to look out of the West transept window ..... a view to die for! See my pics. Keep your car park ticket - costs 3 quid - because you get a refund in the shop...More

Thank gary w
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love love love Tintern Abbey, visited the place many times and every time was amazed about the beauty of the Tintern Abbey no matter season or weather.

Thank Romawilliams
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sitting on the banks of the River Wye and surrounded by outstanding natural beauty, the Abbey has to be one of the best attractions in Wales if not the UK. Awesome does not do the Abbey justice.

Thank toolonginexile
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Response from David B | Reviewed this property |
Not absolutely sure but I would think so. Worth checking beforehand.
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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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