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Tintern Abbey

The monastic ruins of Tintern Abbey are nestled in the heart of the Wye Valley area of outstanding natural beauty and can boast 900 years of history in their walls. This was the first Cistercian abbey built in Wales and only the second in Britain, and despite now being exposed to the elements, it remains one of the most stunning surviving examples of gothic architecture in the country.

Tintern Abbey was founded by Walter de Clare, lord of Chepstow, in 1131. Monks lived, worked and prayed here for 400 years until the abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1536, along with all other monasteries in England, Wales and Ireland.

The buildings were left to ruin until the 18th Century, when interest was revived thanks to the beauty of the surrounding area. Tintern Abbey became famous as a subject of various songs, poems and works of art, with William Wordsworth among the figures to wax lyrical about this medieval landmark and its rural setting.

Today visitors can explore the ruins at their own leisure, perhaps during a longer day trip through the Wye Valley's incredible natural landscape. Tintern Abbey is open all year round with modern facilities on site for tourists, making it an easy place to access and enjoy.

Tintern Abbey is adjacent to, and can even be viewed from, the A466. There is a regular bus service to Chepstow.

A recent conservation programme on the abbey's most iconic features should ensure it remains a popular visitor attraction for decades - and even centuries - to come.


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The Royal George Tintern £99
The Royal George Tintern

The Royal George Tintern

     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Chepstow, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey. Chepstow Racecourse and St Mary's Priory Church are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    Wye Valley Hotel £98
    Wye Valley Hotel

    Wye Valley Hotel

       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Chepstow, this inn is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Wye Valley and 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Tintern Abbey. Chepstow Racecourse and St Mary's Priory Church are also within 6 miles (10 km).

      Tintern Old Rectory £89
      Tintern Old Rectory

      Tintern Old Rectory

         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Chepstow, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey. Chepstow Racecourse and St Mary's Priory Church are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Parva Farmhouse
        Parva Farmhouse

        Parva Farmhouse

           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Chepstow, this bed & breakfast is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Wye Valley and 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Tintern Abbey. Chepstow Racecourse and St Mary's Priory Church are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Pretty 2 bed Cottage in Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
          Pretty 2 bed Cottage in Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

          Pretty 2 bed Cottage in Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

          Underhill, Chepstow
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Chepstow cottage is located on the riverfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey. Chepstow Racecourse and St Mary's Priory Church are also within 9 miles (15 km).

            Birch Cottage - Eco Retreat
            Birch Cottage - Eco Retreat

            Birch Cottage - Eco Retreat

               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in a rural location, this romantic cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Wye Valley and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Tintern Abbey. Forest of Dean and Clearwell Caves are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              The Studio Vegan & Vegetarian
              The Studio Vegan & Vegetarian

              The Studio Vegan & Vegetarian

                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Chepstow, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Wye Valley and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Tintern Abbey. Forest of Dean and Clearwell Caves are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                Fir Cottage
                Fir Cottage

                Fir Cottage

                The Chase Woolaston, Lydney, England
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Lydney, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Wye Valley and within 6 miles (10 km) of Tintern Abbey and Chepstow Castle. Forest of Dean and Chepstow Racecourse are also within 9 miles (15 km).