Tintern Abbey

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Tintern Abbey is a national icon – still standing in roofless splendour on the banks of the River Wye nearly 500 years since its tragic fall from grace.

It was founded in 1131 by Cistercian monks, who were happy to make do with timber buildings at first. Abbot Henry, a reformed robber, was better known for his habit of crying at the altar than for his architectural ambitions.

A simple stone church and cloisters came later. But then, thanks to the patronage of wealthy Marcher lords, the white-robed monks began to think bigger.

In 1269 they began to build a new abbey church and didn’t stop until they’d created one of the masterpieces of British Gothic architecture. The great west front with its seven-lancet window and the soaring arches of the nave still take the breath away.

So grateful were the monks to their powerful patron Roger Bigod that they were still handing out alms on his behalf in 1535. But by then King Henry VIII’s English Reformation was well underway.

Only a year later Tintern surrendered in the first round of the dissolution of the monasteries – and the great abbey began slowly to turn into a majestic ruin.

The car park outside Tintern Abbey is pay & display.

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21st May 2022 - 21st May 2022

23rd July 2022 - 23rd July 2022

Tintern AbbeyMeet the Master Mason at Tintern AbbeyHistorical interpreter Simon Waterfield will be welcoming visitors to learn all about a master mason’s work during the building of Tintern Abbey.
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28th May 2022 - 29th May 2022

Tintern AbbeyWilliam Marshal’s Visit to Tintern AbbeyThe Household is encamped at Tintern, with its array of medieval crafts and characters.
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11th June 2022 - 12th June 2022

FalconWings of WalesCome and experience birds of prey up close and get to know a few of them!
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18th June 2022 - 18th June 2022

13th Aug 2022 - 13th Aug 2022

17th Sept 2022 - 17th Sept 2022

15th Oct 2022 - 15th Oct 2022

19th Nov 2022 - 19th Nov 2022

17th Dec 2022 - 17th Dec 2022

Tintern AbbeyBrother Thomas, the CellarerStep back in time with Brother Thomas and learn what life was like as a monk in Tintern Abbey. Our sympathetic brother will give you inside information about the monks’ rituals and responsibilities.
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25th June 2022 - 25th June 2022

Tintern AbbeyThe Last Abbot of TinternLooking for inspiration? Discover the effect that troubled times have had on Tintern Abbey.
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6th Aug 2022 - 7th Aug 2022

Tintern AbbeyResting at the Abbey during the Wars of the Roses - 1471Mercenary archers are encamped at the Abbey with their families! Why are they here? How do they survive these troubled times?
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13th Aug 2022 - 14th Aug 2022

FalconFalconry at Tintern AbbeyCome to Tintern Abbey to see majestic birds of prey in flight!
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Tintern AbbeyGroup Visits to Tintern Abbey, TinternCadw has a great deal to offer groups of all sizes.



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Tintern Abbey (Cadw)

Type:Historic Site

Tintern, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 6SE
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