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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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Best Western Royal George Hotel

Best Western Royal George Hotel

A466 - Tintern, Chepstow
4.3
of 5, from 54 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Tintern, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Tintern Abbey and within 6 miles (10 km) of Chepstow Racecourse and Chepstow Castle. Clearwell Caves and Puzzlewood are also within 9 miles (15 km).

£73
Wye Valley Hotel

Wye Valley Hotel

Tintern, Monmouthshire, Chepstow
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Tintern, this inn is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Tintern Abbey and within 6 miles (10 km) of Chepstow Racecourse and Chepstow Castle. Clearwell Caves and Puzzlewood are also within 9 miles (15 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

Underhill, Chepstow
4.8
of 5, from 8 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this cottage is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Tintern Abbey and within 9 miles (15 km) of Chepstow Racecourse and Chepstow Castle. Puzzlewood and Clearwell Caves are also within 9 miles (15 km).

£82
BroadRock

BroadRock

Rock Cottage, Chepstow
5.0
of 5, from 4 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Chepstow, this bed & breakfast is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Chepstow Castle and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Chepstow Racecourse. Thornbury Castle and Tintern Abbey are also within 12 miles (20 km).

£75
Ty Bryn Bed and Breakfast

Ty Bryn Bed and Breakfast

Llandogo, Monmouth
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the riverwalk, this bed & breakfast is within 6 miles (10 km) of Tintern Abbey, Clearwell Caves and Puzzlewood. Chepstow Racecourse and Chepstow Castle are also within 9 miles (15 km).

Broadrock Cottage, Cliff top Location, Chepstow

Broadrock Cottage, Cliff top Location, Chepstow

Rock Cottage, BroadRock, Woodcroft, Chepstow
4.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this property is within 9 miles (15 km) of Chepstow Castle, Chepstow Racecourse and Tintern Abbey. Thornbury Castle and Puzzlewood are also within 12 miles (20 km).

£67
Castle View

Castle View

16 Bridge Street, Chepstow
4.2
of 5, from 16 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Chepstow, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Chepstow Castle and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Chepstow Racecourse. Thornbury Castle and Tintern Abbey are also within 12 miles (20 km).

£50
The First Hurdle Guest House

The First Hurdle Guest House

9-10 Upper Church Street, Chepstow
3.7
of 5, from 30 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Chepstow, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mile (2 km) of Chepstow Castle and Chepstow Racecourse. Tintern Abbey and Lydney Harbour are also within 12 miles (20 km).