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Tintern Abbey

Tour the ruins of an ancient monastery where Cistercian monks used to live, pray and study. See the remains of their former dwellings and church.

Stroll among the windowless and roofless ruins of Tintern Abbey, a 12th-century building founded by Cistercian monks. The abbey's shell may well be open to the sky, but it has been well maintained and there is a lot to see.

Before your tour, you will be given a plan of the abbey, which includes a suggested route for wheelchair users. The remains that stand today hail from several building phases that started in 1131 and continued for another 400 years.

Walk through the remains of the refectory where the monks used to eat their meals. Step into their dayroom where you'll see fragments of stone columns that used to support a stone vault. Go over to the ruins of the infirmary and its neighboring kitchens. Visit the cloister where the monks used to walk and work at their desks. You will see a recess in a wall here that used to contain a book cupboard.

One of the abbey’s main draws is the church, which was built in the second half of the 13th century. Although it lacks glass and a roof, it is still an impressive sight. Gaze up at the nave's ornate west window and examine the columns and remains of aisle walls. Pick up insights into the history of the abbey by reading the information panels dotted around the site. In the south aisle of the abbey, find the statue of Our Lady of Tintern.

As you make your way through the ruins, study the decorative details that can still be seen on some of the archways, doorways and walls.

Tintern Abbey lies on the west bank of the River Wye, a little more than 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Chester. Metered car parking is available on site. The ruins are open daily and admission charges apply, with discounts for senior citizens, students and children under the age of 16. Disabled people with a companion can access the site for free.


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The Royal George Tintern

The Royal George Tintern

Tintern, Chepstow, Wales
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Chepstow, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey. Chepstow Racecourse and St Mary's Priory Church are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Wye Valley Hotel C$133
    Wye Valley Hotel

    Wye Valley Hotel

    Tintern, Monmouthshire, Chepstow, Wales
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Chepstow, this inn is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Wye Valley and 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Tintern Abbey. Chepstow Racecourse and St Mary's Priory Church are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Tintern Old Rectory C$123
      Tintern Old Rectory

      Tintern Old Rectory

      The Old Rectory, Tintern, Chepstow, Wales
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Chepstow, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey. Chepstow Racecourse and St Mary's Priory Church are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Parva Farmhouse
        Parva Farmhouse

        Parva Farmhouse

        Monmouth Road, Chepstow, Wales
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Chepstow, this bed & breakfast is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Wye Valley and 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Tintern Abbey. Chepstow Racecourse and St Mary's Priory Church are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Pretty 2 bed Cottage in Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
          Pretty 2 bed Cottage in Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

          Pretty 2 bed Cottage in Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

          Chepstow
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Chepstow cottage is located on a river, within 3 mi (5 km) of Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey. Chepstow Racecourse and St Mary's Priory Church are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Birch Cottage - Eco Retreat
            Birch Cottage - Eco Retreat

            Birch Cottage - Eco Retreat

            Chepstow, England
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in a rural location, this romantic cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Wye Valley and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Tintern Abbey. Forest of Dean and Clearwell Caves are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              The Studio Vegan & Vegetarian
              The Studio Vegan & Vegetarian

              The Studio Vegan & Vegetarian

              Cherry Hill, Chepstow, England
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Chepstow, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Wye Valley and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Tintern Abbey. Forest of Dean and Perrygrove Railway & Treetop Adventure are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Fir Cottage C$488
                Fir Cottage

                Fir Cottage

                The Chase Woolaston, Lydney, England
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Lydney, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Wye Valley and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tintern Abbey and Chepstow Castle. Forest of Dean and Chepstow Racecourse are also within 9 mi (15 km).