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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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  • Visited today with my son, a teenager and my mum. Delightful historic abbey with beautiful grounds to wander around. The walled gardens are really well looked after and a pleasure to explore. Go and s...  more »
  • Spent an afternoon in Tintern, staff were excellent and really friendly, tea rooms had great cakes. Not the cheapest but still reasonable value. The tour was very interesting and the guide was informa...  more »
  • A clean well maintained tourist attraction. The building is fabulous and the grounds are well maintained. Beautiful grounds.  more »
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  • Great history, great walks and great value. You could spend all day here. We're going back with the kids. Do not accept cards unfortunately so be prepared with cash.
  • Well worth visiting. I came in 1986 and it was just a shell but now it is very much restored and turned into a great attraction. You could spend a few hours here.
  • The Colclough walled gardens are a hidden gem alongside the beautiful unspoilt walks and buildings of Tintern abbey itself!
  • 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.
  • 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!