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“Majestic Tintern Abbey”
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Tintern
Ranked #3 of 24 things to do in Chepstow
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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Majestic Tintern Abbey”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

This wonderful Abbey was started nearly 1,000 years ago - and its stunning, standing there looking up I am totally in awe of the perfection. A must to visit. make sure you pick a day when its not raining

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Silence is golden!”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Just a beautiful old ruin which fires your imagination in all sorts of directions. Exceptionally un-rushed and un-hurried, stay for as long or as little as you need.
Meditate, draw and paint, eat, sing whatever you feel.
The town has a pub/restaurant which was busy on our visit and there was a good tourist shop and some other coffee houses. Very busy for such a tiny area, and of course you can walk to the river and admire the countryside which is truly stunning - probably even in the rain, however the visit would be best taken on a dry, bright day to enjoy it thoroughly especially to capture the amazing shadows inside the ruins.

Visited March 2013
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southampton
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“such a shame”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

came to Tintern a few years ago, although it is still a lovely place, like most places now the empty shops and neglected fronts were very sad to see, hopefully it will get better soon

Visited July 2013
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Chepstow, United Kingdom
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“plenty to like in the summer”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Places to eat abound, a cafe , hotel and a several of pubs, all offering food.Plus some locally brewed ales.One pub, next to the Abbey is called The Anchor and work a look as it has both a large" garden " cafe as well as the ancient building itself, lovingly refurbished.
The Abbey itself, is also workth a look.For the motoring enthusiast, groups often gather nearby, but dont let this put you off, it's not noisy nor intrusive.
Walkers, of the pavement or more rugged type have loads to chose from.One pavement walk is out to the Old Station, which has a cafe and some swings for the youngsters.Return via the river walk maybe.Or retrace your steps past the church where murderer Fred West allegedly is buried in an unmarked grave.
Come back towards the centre and browse a proper old book shop, maybe stroll across to Abbey Mill which has extensive catering and craft gifts. Yes, it used to be a working mill. You could spend some hours here alone.
Nearby is a footpath acroos the Wye, it's the old railway bridge and gives you access to a variety of footpaths and Offas Dyke.Or maybe mountain bike back towards Chepstow and come up onto the delightful Tidenham Chase. It's a steep climb in places and best to reverse the route for some. Maybe return on a local bus, but do check the service first.
If you walked ,do find Devil's Pulpit , a rocky outcrop over looking the Abbey; it's an awesome view.
Back in Tintern, you might find a game of soccer to watch, cricket in season , on the same pitch which makes for some entertaining ball behaviour.Sometimes too, car boot.
The more adventurous can walk the road up to the trout lakes, but the roads are narrow and some drivers seem to be a bit cavaliar about this.
I would not venture along the Wye Valley road to Monmouth on foot, far too gangerous, but there delights to be found beyond Tintern.
Tintern is delightful in summer, but , being in a steep sided valley, can be a bit damp and gloomy in winter.
OK, so go to the pub.

Visited July 2013
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Caldicot, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful little village”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

Tintern is a really beautiful little village with fantastic walks in the surrounding areas and stunning views of the Wye Valley. The abbey is a real spectacle, full of character and historical interest. Well worth a visit!

Visited June 2013
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