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. Plan my trip to Wexford with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • Have visited many times and it's getting better all the time. Take a walk after visiting the Abbey itself 
    Have visited many times and it's getting better all the time. Take a walk after visiting the Abbey itself  more »
  • Simply breathtaking ! We loved the beauty and appreciated that they are preserving this magnificent place. You can freely walk around the grounds. The staff in the gift shop were helpful and gave a... 
    Simply breathtaking ! We loved the beauty and appreciated that they are preserving this magnificent place. You can freely walk around the grounds. The staff in the gift shop were helpful and gave a...  more »
  • Almost passed on this stop but so glad we didn’t! Abbey is stunning and steeped in remarkable history. The young man who showed us around was so knowledgeable and pointed out all kinds of details... 
    Almost passed on this stop but so glad we didn’t! Abbey is stunning and steeped in remarkable history. The young man who showed us around was so knowledgeable and pointed out all kinds of details...  more »
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  • The Abbey and Walled Garden are really worth a visit. Chris who is a guide was was excellent, really knowledgeable and imparted the history at just the right level. Just be aware that they only accept cash and currently the coffee shop is not open.
  • The Abbey is about 30km from Wexford town and a real lovely drive through the countryside There is parking right in front of the Abbey and you can pay and explore the Abbey or you to walk along the pathways and explore the woods around. A really beautiful setting on the river and there are many photo opportunities. Parts of the Abbey is still in very condition. We loved the surroundings and explored the wonderful walks and soaked in the views from the bridge
  • The team were incredibly welcoming and helpful. We were provided with an informative background to the history of the abbey and the fourteen generations. Just one small useful piece of information - they aren't able to take credit or debit card payments so be prepared with some cash.
  • Absolutely stunning, beautiful trails. Lots of different ones. Lovely coffee van there that sells lovely pizza. Especially beautiful in May with the bluebells
  • This place is tranquil and beautiful, the trails and walks from the abbey left and right are amazing and although the tintern tearoom is closed still - there is a lovely coffee trailer close to picnic area, he had some alternative milks fabulous cakes, danishes and even fresh pizza - amazing and good value. Basically the cherry on the cake.😁

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