Tintern Abbey, Chepstow

For more than 500 years, Tintern Abbey has stood as a testament to endurance and romance amid a wild land. Founded as a Cistercian monastery dedicated to austerity, poverty, and prayer, today the structure is one of Wales most famous medieval ruins. Now an abbey open to the sky, the location attracts students of history, beauty, and art. Additional ancient buildings dot the landscape. Artists as varied as William Wordsworth, Alan Ginsberg, and Iron Maiden have drawn inspiration from these renowned picturesque sites. Bring your walking shoes and camera to capture what inspires you. Add Tintern Abbey to your Chepstow travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Chepstow travel itinerary planner.
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  • In the face of so much magnificence you remain speechless. Really seems that the stones could talk to you. Not to be missed. To visit slowly, enjoying the gray skies and the Gothic atmosphere so dear to the romantic poets
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  • We arrived early in the morning so were the first people in. This just added to the beauty of the place as we could look around in absolute peace. Stunning place and amazing views. We all loved lookin...  more »
  • Me and my partner stopped here on the way down to Bristol and I'm glad we did. We stopped once before but the weather was so bad we only stopped for food. This time however the weather was amazing so ...  more »
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  • Very interesting day out, the abbey looks beautiful in all weathers and the tour is very informative. Local restaurants and cafés have good food but are a bit pricey. The eagles nest walk is always worth doing if you're up for it!
  • A magical setting with great medieval tapestries to purchase in the charming little Abbey shop. Lovely craft shops in the village, excellent cafe and a walk to devil's pullout will get your heart pumping as you climb the steps through the woodland. Fantastic day out!
  • Amazing worth the visit. There are a couple of original stained glass windows.. You just have to look hard..
  • Tintern Abbey has been a favourite place since the Romantics 'discovered' it. Wordsworth immortalised it in verse and Turner in paint. It still has the power to impress with its perfect wooded valley and riverside location. One can only imagine how it might still be if Henry VIII had not instigated his mass cultural desecration of our sacred sites.
  • Henry V111 destroyed so much. Vestiges of a lost monastic tradition. Plus wonderful location. Shame the railway is gone. Any plans to rebuild?

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