Tintern Abbey
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Tintern Abbey

Book Tickets Online

About

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.

Visitor Centre

The visitor centre at the entrance is free to enter and has lots of great gifts & products for you to browse.

Parking

Please note the car park outside Tintern Abbey is pay & display, as is the overflow car park.

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Please see website for entry prices.

Events

18th May 2024 - 18th May 2024

15th June 2024 - 15th June 2024

20th July 2024 - 20th July 2024

10th Aug 2024 - 10th Aug 2024

14th Sept 2024 - 14th Sept 2024

12th Oct 2024 - 12th Oct 2024

Brother ThomasBrother 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.
more info

25th May 2024 - 27th May 2024

Re-enactorsWilliam Marshal’s Visit to Tintern AbbeyEnjoy an interactive introduction to medieval life at Tintern Abbey.
more info

1st June 2024 - 2nd June 2024

3rd Aug 2024 - 4th Aug 2024

FalconFalconry at Tintern AbbeyCome and see majestic birds in flight at Tintern Abbey.
more info

29th June 2024 - 30th June 2024

Re-enactorsThe Pilgrimage at Tintern AbbeyCome and meet the Freemen of Gwent as they return victoriously from the Battle of Agincourt in France.
more info

6th July 2024 - 7th July 2024

InstrumentsCeltic Music from the Regions of Wales, Ireland and ScotlandA day at Tintern Abbey with acoustic Celtic folk band Brimstone, providing a flavour of music from the Celtic nations. 
more info

17th Aug 2024 - 18th Aug 2024

FletcherResting at the Abbey during the Wars of the Roses - 1471Mercenary archers are encamped at Tintern Abbey with their families! Why are they here? How do they survive these troubled times?
more info

24th Aug 2024 - 26th Aug 2024

KnightThe Greatest KnightLiving history, medieval re-enactment, music and horse displays will transport the abbey back to its earliest days.
more info

21st Sept 2024 - 22nd Sept 2024

FalconWings of WalesCome and experience birds of prey up close and get to know a few of them!
more info

7th Dec 2024 - 7th Dec 2024

Tintern Torchlit Carol Service - Monmouthshire Cottages CreditTintern Abbey Torchlight Carol Service 2024Tintern Abbey's annual Torchlight Carol Service is an inspirational event in an historic setting. There's a procession by torchlight into the Abbey before a night-time carol service with the Wyedean School Choir.
more info

Related

Tintern AbbeyGroup Visits to Tintern Abbey, TinternCadw has a great deal to offer groups of all sizes.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Parking

  • 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

Road Directions

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.Accessible by Public Transport: Chepstow station is 5.5 miles away.

Tintern Abbey (Cadw)

Type:Historic Site

Tintern Abbey, Tintern, Monmouthshire, NP16 6SE
Close window

Call direct on:

Tel03000 252239

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* 1st March - 30th June : 9.30am - 5pm

1 July - 31st August : 9.30am - 6pm

1st September - 31st October : 9:30am - 5pm

1st November - 28th February : 10am - 4pm

What's Nearby

  1. The ruins of St. Mary's Church are on the hill above the former Abbey Hotel and…

    0.18 miles away
  2. Built in 1876 to provide a rail link to the Lower Wireworks site, the Wireworks Bridge is…

    0.24 miles away
  3. Set amidst breathtaking scenery and situated on the banks of the River Wye in the…

    0.28 miles away
  4. The Old Station nestles beside the River Wye in the heart of the Wye Valley in Tintern.…

    0.39 miles away
  1. One of the most spectacular views in the Wye Valley, Devil's Pulpit looks over Tintern…

    0.4 miles away
  2. Whatever your faith , we welcome you to enjoy the tranquility of our church, a place of…

    0.43 miles away
  3. Leave the crowds behind & stroll amongst the vines admiring the views of Tintern & the…

    0.52 miles away
  4. At Kingstone Brewery, our passion is real beer. Uncompromised by the inflexibility of…

    0.56 miles away
  5. You can find this garden nestled in its tranquil and secluded setting on a gentle sunny…

    0.56 miles away
  6. Abbey Tintern Furnace contains the excavated and part restored remains of a 17th century…

    1.23 miles away
  7. Wyndcliff Wood is a superb example of a lower Wye Valley gorge woodland with ancient…

    1.58 miles away
  8. Whitestone lies adjacent to a section of the famous Wye Valley Walk. Visitors to the site…

    1.91 miles away
  9. Anthony and Sarah Clay are thrilled to welcome garden visitors.

    Wyndcliffe Court House…

    2.02 miles away
  10. Medieval parish church of potential ninth century Celtic origin, named after the 9th…

    2.43 miles away
  11. Located deep in the heart of Monmouthshire, Veddw House Garden has been created through…

    2.48 miles away
  12. The Wye Valley Arts Centre in the heart of the picturesque village of Llandogo is an…

    2.66 miles away
Previous Next

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

  • Cymru Wales Logo
  • Site Logo
  • Monlife Logo
  • Monmouthshire Logo