Tintern Abbey

Accredited Attraction - Wales
  • Tintern Abbey

    Tintern Abbey

  • Tintern Abbey

    Tintern Abbey

  • Tintern Abbey

    Tintern Abbey

  • Tintern Abbey

    Tintern Abbey

  • Tintern Abbey

    Tintern Abbey

  • Tintern Abbey

    Tintern Abbey

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.

The lands of the abbey were divided into agricultural units or granges, worked on by lay brothers.

On September 3, 1536 Abbot Wyche surrendered Tintern Abbey to King Henry VIII’s officials and ended a way of life which had lasted 400 years.

There’s a lot still going on at Tintern Abbey 500 years on! A major two-year programme of conservation work has been completed on the iconic 13th-century west front – one of the great glories of Gothic architecture in Britain. The statue of Our Lady of Tintern is installed in the south aisle of the abbey for all to see.

Planning a holiday or short break in the Wye Valley? Beaufort Cottage — an eighteenth-century property restored by Cadw — is luxuriously comfortable and has an amazing view of the abbey from its bedroom window. Find out more about this charming cottage.

This site is included in one of our guidebooks.  Visit our online shop to find out more.

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Current times and prices

Dates
1 September - 31 October 2014

Times
Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

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Facilities and information

Baby changing Cycle stands Disabled access Exhibition Gift shop Guidebook No smoking Charging car park Portable induction loop Toilets
  • A toilet is available for users with a disability and limited mobility 
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Prices valid until 31 March 2015
  • No smoking
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Directions

Postcode NP16 6SE

Car Road From Cardiff M4, J23, M48, J2, A466. From London M4, J21 to M48.

Rail Rail 7km/4mls Chepstow, Cardiff - Chepstow/Gloucester.

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For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.