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Tintern Abbey, Wexford

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Tintern Abbey was a Cistercian abbey located on the Hook peninsula, County Wexford, Ireland.The Abbey - which is today in ruins, some of which have been restored - was founded in 1203 by William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, as the result of a vow he had made when his boat was caught in a storm nearby. Once established, the abbey was colonised by monks from the Cistercian abbey at Tintern in Monmouthshire, Wales, of which Marshal was also patron. To distinguish the two, the mother house in Wales was sometimes known as 'Tintern Major' and its daughter abbey in Ireland as 'Tintern de Voto' (Tintern of the vow).After the Dissolution of the Monasteries the abbey and its grounds were granted to firstly to Sir James Croft, and then in 1575 to Anthony Colclough of Staffordshire, a soldier of Henry VIII. His descendants became the Colclough Baronets. The final member of the Colclough family to reside at Tintern was Lucey Marie Biddulph Colclough who donated the abbey to the nation. Considerable research and restoration has since taken place.
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  • Beautiful Norman Abbey, lovely trail walks and wonderful Cafe open from April to October (need to check) and the jewel in the crown, the Walled Garden. 
  • Nice views, free parking and no charge for visit. Could be more historical details on the site. Recommend it. 
  • A lovely mixture of a visit here as you have both ancient history in the visit to the Abbey and modernity in the visit to the reconstructed walled garden.We got a very warm and friendly reception from...  more »
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  • To get here come from the NORTH by way of Colclough Walled Garden, NOT from the wee road to the south - there is a locked gate as this is only a service road on the back of the abbey. The abbey itself is gorgeous and has a great parking lot. If you drive down a TINY dirt road and get to a locked gate, you are on the back side and need to get out of there and go all the way around or other tourists who had the same instruction will block you in! Lovely place... but google needs to fix the directions!
  • This is an unusual site, in that it was continuously inhabited from the 12th century through the late 1960s. The interpretive material is fascinating and provides insight into historical, as well as contemporary Ireland. It's also awful easy on the eyes.
  • Great place for a snack and a tour of the historical church. Interesting walk and a nice place for a walk!
  • Great historic site, and plenty of nice walks around the surrounding area.
  • This is a beautiful place. Lovely old abbey building and partially restored house with a lot of history. Beautiful peaceful grounds.