Tintern Abbey


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It's easy to understand why Tintern Abbey was one of the first places in Wales to attract visitors. Travellers have been flocking to this riverbank in the wooded Wye Valley for hundred of years to admire Tintern's grace and sublime beauty. The appeal of this exceptional religious house remains as enduring as ever, the best preserved medieval abbey in Wales. Founded by Cistercian monks in 1131 and largely rebuilt by Roger Bigod, Lord of nearby Chepstow Castle, in the late 13th century, it encompasses grand design and architectural detail of great finesse. The shell of the abbey stands open to the skies almost to its full height, an outstanding example of the elaborate 'Decorated' style of Gothic architecture. Visitors are invariably captivated by the vast windows with their delicate tracery, and the wealth of decorative detail displayed in the walls, doorways and soaring archways. This extensive site also gives a fascinating insight into the monastic way of life in medieval times 

Tintern stirs the soul, Wordsworth was inspired by his visit to write his famous poem, the line written a few miles above Tintern Abbey. But Tintern's true character can perhaps never be captured in words. As one of the Cistercian monks wrote, ' You will find among the woods something you never found in books.'

Opening Hours
(last admission half an hour before closing)
Summer 22nd March to 21st May
9.30am to 5.00pm
22nd May to 3rd October
9.30am to 6.00pm
Winter 4th to 31st October
9.30am to 5.00pm
1st November to 28th March
Monday to Saturday 11.00am to 4.00pm
Sunday 11.00am to 4.00pm
Closed 24th to 26th December and 1st January

For more information contact:
Cadw, Marketing Desk,
Crown Building, Cathays Park,
Cardiff CF1 3NQ.
Tel: 01222 500200

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