Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey
4.5
Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
10:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:00
About
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. The displayed opening times are our general pattern. Please check the Cadw website for specific times and days, including closures.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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4.5
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84
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Linda C
New Smyrna Beach, FL3 contributions
Going up to the Regimental Museum
Jun 2020
Wales is the land of castles ....... and the more I climbed over the wales and walkways, the more I wanted to see. Loved that I got to see this castle as so much of it is still standing. It was slightly overcast but not having to be in hot sun was a relief. Yes, it had been hot. It was the summer of 2003.
Written 6 May 2021
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Spellerblues241
Krakow, Poland10 contributions
Boring locatoon
Apr 2021 • Couples
Very impressive example of a ruined abbey of its age, however getting past the aesthetics pretty boring and not worth the entrance fee.
Written 23 April 2021
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Gypsy J
Suffolk, UK76 contributions
Beautiful spot
Apr 2021 • Couples
Went to view the Abbey and spent half hour walking round it in peace with the dogs on leads.....not busy at all but we had pre-booked for 10am in the middle of April. Friendly staff and a lovely, small but non-tacky gift shop. Parking was £3 for all day but this is refundable against anything you purchase inside. Entrance was free as they were doing some works on the Abbey so you couldnt get into all parts but to be honest it was fine and you could see and read plenty. Went for an hours walk afterwards up the valley to Brocksweir which was up and down but very pretty. Also the village of Tintern is lovely to wander round with plenty of pretty pubs and cafes. A very nice day out and the image of the Abbey as you drive up to it is worth the trip itself.
Written 22 April 2021
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Angela R
Grahamstown39 contributions
Visit after lockdown
Apr 2021
Great to have the Abbey open again after lockdown. Time slot tickets need to be organised on the CADW website in advance. Very few people there during our visit, good chance to take photos. Work currently ongoing in part of the Abbey church to protect outer walls so not all of the church currently open. Always an interesting visit
Written 10 April 2021
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radioman60
Glasgow, UK101 contributions
Fully lived up to expectations
Nov 2020
I love visiting old historic buildings, and places like Tintern have just so much character. Actually what made me aware of Tintern Abbey long before I knew about its history was the fact that in 1968 a band called the Flirtations filmed one of the earliest pop videos there with their Northern Soul classic 'Nothing but a heartache' (if you haven't checked it out already look for it on Youtube). Nothing has changed so it was fun re-creating the scenes set in the grounds of the abbey during my visit (they also filmed another video within the abbey itself however during my visit that was closed. The abbey grounds are truly stunning and the buildings themselves remarkably well preserved, however as usual with abbeys destroyed in the ''disillusion of the monasteries period'' I came away truly annoyed at Henry V111 and his kin for the pointless vandalism to what must have been truly magnificent buildings in their heyday. Still there is more of Tintern left than many other Abbeys Ive been to from that period. I loved Tintern and would gladly come back again hopefully this time to also be able to visit the main Abbey.
Written 28 November 2020
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rupes_Bath
Bath, UK307 contributions
Beautiful, eerie
Oct 2020
Absolutely lovely. Amazing how well it is preserved: no rook, supports and yet all standing. Astonshingly atmospheric and quite eerie.
Written 19 October 2020
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138Paul138
Canterbury, UK642 contributions
Imposing building
Oct 2020 • Couples
Called in en-route to Brecon. Lots of parking available at £3. However the Abbey wasn’t open at the time we arrived. It shuts at 1pm and then re-opens at 2pm. Even with Covid this seems a bit odd. The cost was £5 to enter at time of writing. We didn’t bother to wait as much of the Abbey ruins are seen from outside. It is an imposing building and worth spending a bit of time looking at. I can only assume there is more information on the inside for you to read. It is very well maintained and the surrounding area is very picturesque.
Written 14 October 2020
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Alison D
Market Rasen, UK28 contributions
Beautiful...but closed
Sep 2020
A fabulous attraction that I have wanted to visit for years. Sadly it was shut. However we didnt learn this until after we had paid for parking and walked to the entrance. But undeterred we walked all the way around the outside and got to see quite a lot. I would definitely go back....if it was open.
Written 3 October 2020
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ichaney08
Cornwall, UK33 contributions
Wonderful
Sep 2020 • Couples
We visited on our way home from a stay in Brecon. It was a really beautiful place! We had to prebook due to Covid restrictions although this is the same for the vast majority of attractions at the current time so wasn’t a problem for us. Conservation work is taking place on the cathedral so you can’t go inside but the entry price was discounted to account for this. The abbey remains were beautiful and the most extensive I have seen before with lots of interesting facts - really great visit!
Written 3 October 2020
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Bwatsweeds
Hertfordshire129 contributions
Two Tintern Abbeys, there's only two Tintern Abbeys!
Sep 2020
Thats right -there is a Tintern Abbey in Wales and a Tintern Abbey in the Republic of Wexford. I visited the Cymraig one, an Abbey described by the Welsh tourist board as a "Gothic masterpiece...Romantic symbol of the sublime." I wouldn't go that far but its certainly well worth a visit.

Its Irish counterpart meanwhile is regarded as "an evocative piece of Irish monastic history."

Both got 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor so take your pick really!

As far as logistics go, I chose not to get ripped off by paying for parking. Instead I parked 10 minutes away in a car park that I can only presume is available on all good online maps (and some rubbish ones as well).
Written 30 September 2020
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