Tintern Abbey, Wales | An Abbey of True Beauty | Review

Tintern Abbey in Wales is somewhere that I’ve been meaning to share about for some time now. It is such a beautiful place to visit and while it isn’t going to take you much more than an hour to walk around it really is worth a stop off during a day out exploring the surrounding area of Monmouthshire. Tintern Abbey stands on the England/Wales border and is managed by Cymru Wales (the Welsh equivalent of English Heritage).

Tintern Abbey, Wales | An Abbey of True Beauty | Review
Tintern Abbey, Wales

A Brief History of Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey was originally founded by Walter de Clare, Lord of Chepstow, on 9 May 1131. Today it is one of the greatest monastic ruins in Wales. The countryside that it is set in is as beautiful as the abbey itself and it’s not hard to see why monks of the time decided to settle here. The Abbey fell into ruin during the disoulution of the monastries back in the 16th Century. Cymru Wales took over responsibility for the site back in 1984. Although it is mostly the walls of the Abbey that remain today there are also smaller remains of the domestic ranges.

Exploring the smaller remains of domestic ranges
Exploring the smaller remains of domestic ranges

Visiting Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey has a small car park over the road from the Abbey itself. This is also the car park for the pub, The Anchor Inn, and if you eat or drink in here you can have your car parking fee refunded. We paid £3.00 to park which was then refunded when we bought some coffee and cake at the pub. The pub also has a small play area for the kids in the beer garden. Which of course, in turn, has a wonderful view of the abbey.

Having fun in the beer garden at the Anchor Inn
Having fun in the beer garden at the Anchor Inn

There is a gift shop at the entrance where you pay. They also have toilets including a disabled access toilet.

We were at the Abbey for just under an hour. It doesn’t take long to explore however it does make for an interesting and most certainly picturesque visit. The main abbey itself is essentially missing its roof. The tall walls, however, do still exist and appear well maintained even though they are exposed to the elements. The abbey itself is simply stunning and I’m sure you will be able to see that from my photos below.

Tintern Abbey, Wales | An Abbey of True Beauty | Review
What a view they had from their main windows

There are a few smaller ruins that you can also wander amongst such as the only room where there was a fireplace (brrrrr!), you can follow the Abbeys drainage system. Plus there are other rooms of various uses. There are a few signs dotted around the site to explain more about what you are wandering amongst.

More photos from our visit

How on earth they ever got glass in these windows! The mind boggles

I am glad that we visited. It perhaps doesn’t reflect in money spent compared to time spent however there is nowhere quite like it and it is quite breathtaking.

Important Information

If you are a member of Cymru Wales you can visit the Abbey for free. English Heritage members can visit for a 50% discount off the ticket price. If you have been an English Heritage member for more than 1 year in a row you can visit for free with your membership card.

The abbey is not open all year round so please check their website or ring before you leave home. Currently an adult ticket is £6.90, children under 16 years old are £4.10 and a family ticket is £20.00. Children under 5 are free.

Tintern Abbey, Wales | An Abbey of True Beauty | Review

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