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“A trip into the past. Lovely site. Good facilities and gift shop”
Review of Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey
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Private South Wales Day Trip from Bath
Ranked #1 of 28 things to do in Chepstow
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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 October 11, 2013

I chose a visit to Tintern Abbey as a last port of call in visiting Herefordshire, and I'm so glad I did.

It was a very well preserved site, with excellent information boards dotted around. It was easy to get a feel for its past, and it was a very commanding sight from any angle.

I would also mention the facilities were good, and the gift shop had very nice items to buy which were a little different to most, and easy to tot up to a large bill if you weren't careful, with so much of value to choose from. Parking was also easy and close to the entrance.

I thought it might be a large place to visit, from the aerial photographs I had seen first, but it took probably around 45-50 minutes in all, and that was stopping to appreciate its magnificence.

So I highly recommend it. I would also say that the pubs close by looked really appealing, and it would be a very pleasant area to visit on a dry, sunny day.

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

The is beautiful Abbey and it's surroundings countryside make the journey getting there almost as enjoyable as the walk through this historical place!

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

well worth a visit, and view it from the devils pulpit on a clear day , excellent. Many walks from the abbey along the river.

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Very glad to have stopped here, but car park expensive and entry pricey too. The Abbey is wonderful to walk through and the areas/former rooms of the Abbey and church are well described by descriptions on the walls. We were very lucky with the weather as it was bright and sunny, but be prepared if it is raining as this is a ruin! Sadly the shop is too keen on selling 'craft stuff' and does not have a good selection of postcards. As camera and camera phone not working felt sad that pictures to buy were not an option. Also the car park discount chit is valid for retail sales only and not for entry!

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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Tintern is very beautiful and huge. It is especially pretty flood lit at night.

We walked from Chepstow Castle to Tintern Abbey. It is very interesting there are some lovely sights along the way. This was a sort of Edwardian trail that goes by a Grotto and a Druid Temple and Roman Ruins and through enchanted woods. I kept expecting to see a unicorn.
There is a pamflet on the walk available at the museum across the street from the Castle parking lot in Chepstow.

Keep in mind that Chepstow to Tintern is eight miles mostly uphill including 365 steps. The other way would have been less strenuous.

Thank Travelmom525
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