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Tintern Abbey, Wexford

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • We love old ruins and castles and this one, although not really a ruin was wonderful. The paths are great for walking 
  • The abbey is mostly in ruins as most abbeys in Ireland are,but a large part of it is still standing and been renovated,you can pay to go inside,there is beautiful walks down to a very old bridge that ...  read more »
  • We visited the Abbey and the Walled Gardens. Operated by the Ireland OPW, this has been restored beautifully. The receptionist was a wealth of knowledge about not only the Abbey but the entire Wexford...  read more »
  • 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!
  • Great place for a snack and a tour of the historical church. Interesting walk and a nice place for a walk!
  • This is a beautiful place. Lovely old abbey building and partially restored house with a lot of history. Beautiful peaceful grounds.
  • Abbey opens on April, so we just walked around. Very nice trail in untouched woods along the creek.
  • Great day out for the family with plenty of long wood land walks around an abbey which can be seen via guided tour. There is a tea room but you have to pay to enter the abbey to get to it. That is the only reason for the 4 stars.
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