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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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Best Western Royal George Hotel

Best Western Royal George Hotel

A466 - Tintern, Chepstow
4.3
of 5, from 57 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Tintern, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Tintern Abbey and within 6 mi (10 km) of Chepstow Racecourse and Chepstow Castle. Clearwell Caves and Puzzlewood are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$97
Wye Valley Hotel

Wye Valley Hotel

Tintern, Monmouthshire, Chepstow
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Tintern, this inn is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Tintern Abbey and within 6 mi (10 km) of Chepstow Racecourse and Chepstow Castle. Clearwell Caves and Puzzlewood are also within 9 mi (15 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

Underhill, Chepstow
4.8
of 5, from 8 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this property is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Tintern Abbey and within 9 mi (15 km) of Chepstow Racecourse and Chepstow Castle. Puzzlewood and Clearwell Caves are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$100
Ty Bryn Bed and Breakfast

Ty Bryn Bed and Breakfast

Llandogo, Monmouth
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the riverwalk, this bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Tintern Abbey, Clearwell Caves, and Puzzlewood. Chepstow Racecourse and Chepstow Castle are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$96
BroadRock

BroadRock

Rock Cottage, Chepstow
5.0
of 5, from 4 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Chepstow, this bed & breakfast is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Chepstow Castle and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Chepstow Racecourse. Thornbury Castle and Tintern Abbey are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Broadrock Cottage, Cliff top Location, Chepstow

Broadrock Cottage, Cliff top Location, Chepstow

Rock Cottage, BroadRock, Woodcroft, Chepstow
4.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this property is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Chepstow Castle and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Chepstow Racecourse. Thornbury Castle and Tintern Abbey are also within 12 mi (20 km).

$59
The George Hotel

The George Hotel

20 Moor Street, Chepstow
3.6
of 5, from 43 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chepstow Castle and Chepstow Racecourse. Thornbury Castle and Tintern Abbey are also within 12 mi (20 km).

$87
Castle View

Castle View

16 Bridge Street, Chepstow
4.2
of 5, from 16 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Chepstow, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Chepstow Castle and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Chepstow Racecourse. Thornbury Castle and Tintern Abbey are also within 12 mi (20 km).