Tintern Abbey
Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey

Dagligen 9.30 - 18.00
Tintern, Gwent, NP16 6SE

The Basics

Once home to more than 400 monks, Tintern Abbey wasn’t fully restored until the 18th century, and has since become a popular attraction on the England-Wales border. In fact, there are now full-day trips which run from both sides, some of which are private—perfect for travelers on a time budget who still want to visit a beautifully-restored Welsh relic. Many excursions also combine a visit to Tintern Abbey with several other religious, historical, or architectural points of interest.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • History buffs will especially appreciate the opportunity to visit such a well-preserved, formerly-Cistercian abbey in Wales.
  • To learn more about the abbey, consider taking a tour which includes a guide well-versed in the history of the place.
  • Travelers who don’t want to deal with public transport can take a tour which includes private round-trip transportation.
  • Tintern Abbey may not be entirely accessible to those with mobility issues, as not all parts of the ruins are paved.
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How to Get There

Tintern Abbey is just an hour’s drive from Cardiff city center along the M4 and can also be accessed via public transport. Board a National Express coach bound for London and depart in Chepstow, before taking a 15-minute bus ride to Tintern Abbey. However, for travelers who would prefer to avoid multiple public transport connections, some tours offer round-trip transportation to Tintern Abbey and other South Wales destinations.

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When to Get There

Tintern Abbey is accessible daily, barring public holidays like Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day; however, opening hours differ, with the abbey typically opening at 9:30am, before closing at 5pm in spring and 6pm in summer. In winter, Tintern Abbey opens in the mid-morning and closes by 4pm. Last admission is half an hour before closing.

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Other Wye Valley Attractions

Tintern Abbey is perched in the southern fringes of the Wye Valley, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which straddles England and Wales. While in the area, take advantage of the opportunity to visit the picturesque villages of Symonds Yat and Ross-on-Wye or the Ban-y-Gor and Lancaut nature reserves.

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