The appeal of this exceptional Cistercian abbey remains as enduring as ever
An area of outstanding beauty complemented by this outstanding beauty in stone. If only the walls could talk! The chants of countless monks echo through the masonry here. Despite the shell of this grand structure being open to the skies, it remains the best-preserved medieval abbey in Wales. Although the abbey church was rebuilt under the patronage of Roger Bigod, lord of nearby Chepstow Castle, in the late 13th century, the monastery retains its original design.
Tintern was only the second Cistercian foundation in Britain, and the first in Wales. The present-day remains are a mixture of building works covering a 400-year period between 1131 and 1536. Very little remains of the first buildings but you will marvel at the vast windows and later decorative details displayed in the walls, doorways and soaring archways.
The lands of the abbey were divided into agricultural units or granges, worked on by lay brothers.
On September 3, 1536 Abbot Wyche surrendered Tintern Abbey to King Henry VIII’s officials and ended a way of life which had lasted 400 years.
There’s a lot still going on at Tintern Abbey 500 years on! A major two-year programme of conservation work has been completed on the iconic 13th-century west front – one of the great glories of Gothic architecture in Britain. The statue of Our Lady of Tintern is installed in the south aisle of the abbey for all to see.
Planning a holiday or short break in the Wye Valley? Beaufort Cottage — an eighteenth-century property restored by Cadw — is luxuriously comfortable and has an amazing view of the abbey from its bedroom window. Find out more about this charming cottage.
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1 March - 30 June 2019
Daily 9:30am - 5:00pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
For yearly opening times please click 'View all visitor information'
Adult - £7.30
Family - £21.20*
Member - Am ddim/Free
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free
Juniors (Aged 5–17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans - £4.40
Seniors (Aged 65+) - £5.80
*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children
All children under 5 receive free entry
Prices valid from April 2019
Facilities and information
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- 01291 689251
- A toilet is available for users with a disability and limited mobility
- Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
- No smoking
- Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.
- This site is registered on the No Fly Drone website http://www.noflydrones.co.uk
Postcode NP16 6SE
Road From Cardiff M4, J23, M48, J2, A466. From London M4, J21 to M48.
Rail 7km/4mls Chepstow, Cardiff - Chepstow/Gloucester.
Bus 300mtrs/325yards, route No 69, Chepstow - Monmouth.
Bike NCN Regional Route 32 (250mtrs/276yards).
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.