Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey showing heritage architecture, chateau or palace and religious elements

Tintern Abbey

Tour the ruins of an ancient monastery where Cistercian monks used to live, pray and study. See the remains of their former dwellings and church.

Stroll among the windowless and roofless ruins of Tintern Abbey, a 12th-century building founded by Cistercian monks. The abbey's shell may well be open to the sky, but it has been well maintained and there is a lot to see.

Before your tour, you will be given a plan of the abbey, which includes a suggested route for wheelchair users. The remains that stand today hail from several building phases that started in 1131 and continued for another 400 years.

Walk through the remains of the refectory where the monks used to eat their meals. Step into their dayroom where you'll see fragments of stone columns that used to support a stone vault. Go over to the ruins of the infirmary and its neighboring kitchens. Visit the cloister where the monks used to walk and work at their desks. You will see a recess in a wall here that used to contain a book cupboard.

One of the abbey’s main draws is the church, which was built in the second half of the 13th century. Although it lacks glass and a roof, it is still an impressive sight. Gaze up at the nave's ornate west window and examine the columns and remains of aisle walls. Pick up insights into the history of the abbey by reading the information panels dotted around the site. In the south aisle of the abbey, find the statue of Our Lady of Tintern.

As you make your way through the ruins, study the decorative details that can still be seen on some of the archways, doorways and walls.

Tintern Abbey lies on the west bank of the River Wye, a little more than 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Chester. Metered car parking is available on site. The ruins are open daily and admission charges apply, with discounts for senior citizens, students and children under the age of 16. Disabled people with a companion can access the site for free.

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Wye Valley Hotel
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3 out of 5
Tintern, Monmouthshire, Chepstow, Wales, NP16 6SQ
The price is ¥14,312 per night from May 25 to May 26
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The Wild Hare
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4 out of 5
Tintern, Chepstow, Wales, NP16 6SF
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4.7/5 Exceptional! (43 reviews)
"I loved staying here. It’s within walking distance of the Abbey, the staff is super friendly and the rooms are very clean. They were super accommodating as I was getting married at Tintern. Definitely recommend staying here."

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

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