Tintern Abbey, Chepstow

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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. To visit Tintern Abbey and get the most from your holiday in Chepstow, create itinerary details personal to you using our Chepstow trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 21, 2017
    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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  • August 20, 2017
    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 »
  • August 19, 2017
    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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  • When we arrived we joined a tour where a guy dressed as a monk took us around. Very informative and very relaxed! We had a picnic in the grounds where the impressive Abbey can be gazed at. Our kids ran and played and screamed! We all loved it and will be going back there. Oh and quaint little gift shop!
  • We arrived just at the right time to have a guided tour of the site. It was very informative and well worth a visit. It is an amazing structure and on such a large scale. The amount of work that went into it's constitution is astounding. I'd highly recommend a visit.
  • Loved this place... what an awesome and breath taking structure... you have to be there to appreciate the magnitude and beauty of this Abbey...nice gift shop with all kinds of souvenirs..from liquor to slate plates to shirts and sweaters.. Totally recommend this beautiful place
  • Built in the 1100s it has a fascinating role in the religion crossing over from france. I have to really rate the guides currently show casing the grounds and telling the tales from times past, even through the drizzle we perched up dry and seems that he had everyone captivated through interest. The place had some great views ontop of this also the surrounding shops serve food and drinks of a varied choice through a number off stores.
  • Interesting ruins with enough signs explaining different areas of the abbey grounds and giving some insight into the life of the monks.

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