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.

Visitor Centre

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


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.


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.
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25th May 2024 - 27th May 2024

Re-enactorsWilliam Marshal’s Visit to Tintern AbbeyEnjoy an interactive introduction to medieval life at Tintern Abbey.
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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?
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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.
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21st Sept 2024 - 22nd Sept 2024

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

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
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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

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