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  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Historic Site, £4.10-£6.90

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Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey

Address

Tintern,
Chepstow,
Monmouthshire,
NP16 6SE

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Sat 15 Dec Brother Thomas, the Cellarer

Details

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.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsGift shopPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Free on site parking, Cycle stands on site/nearby, Exhibition, Portable induction loop.

Opening Details

Open all the time

1 March - 30 June 2018 Daily 9:30am - 5:00pm.
1 July - 31 August 2018 Daily 9.30am - 6.00pm
1 September - 31 October 2018 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm
1 November 2018 - 31 March 2019 Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

Prices valid to March 2019
Adult - £6.90
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children under 16) - £20.00
Seniors £5.50
Students and children under 16 - £4.10
Children under 5 - Free

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    Directions

    See location of Tintern Abbey (Cadw) on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SO 533000  Lat: 51.69749 Long: -2.67667

    M4 Eastbound Junction 23 & M48 or Westbound Junction 21 & M48. Leave the M48 at Junction 2 & A466 for Chepstow; continue on this road (signed for Monmouth) to Tintern and Abbey signed to right.

    Parking: free

    Accessible by Public Transport: 5.5 miles from Chepstow station

    Facilities

    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
    • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
    • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

    Free on site parking, Cycle stands on site/nearby, Exhibition, Portable induction loop.