As of Monday 14 December all staffed and unstaffed monuments will be closed until further notice.
This is following the announcement of the closure of all outdoor attractions in Wales.
For further information on the Welsh Government’s written statement: Updated Covid-19 control plan for Wales, please visit: gov.wales/written-statement-updated-covid-control-plan-wales
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Gothic masterpiece became a Romantic symbol of the sublime
Tintern Abbey is a national icon — still standing in roofless splendour on the banks of the River Wye nearly 500 years since its tragic fall from grace.
It was founded in 1131 by Cistercian monks, who were happy to make do with timber buildings at first. Abbot Henry, a reformed robber, was better known for his habit of crying at the altar than for his architectural ambitions.
A simple stone church and cloisters came later. But then, thanks to the patronage of wealthy Marcher lords, the white-robed monks began to think bigger.
In 1269 they began to build a new abbey church and didn’t stop until they’d created one of the masterpieces of British Gothic architecture. The great west front with its seven-lancet window and the soaring arches of the nave still take the breath away.
So grateful were the monks to their powerful patron Roger Bigod that they were still handing out alms on his behalf in 1535. But by then King Henry VIII’s English Reformation was well underway.
Only a year later Tintern surrendered in the first round of the dissolution of the monasteries — and the great abbey began slowly to turn into a majestic ruin.
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Accessible toilets available at this site for visitor use.
Toilets available with baby changing facilities.
Bike storage area available in car park or close to the monument.
There is a larger shared car park near the abbey entrance, charges apply, with approx. 55 spaces. Including 5 dedicated disabled spaces.
There is dedicated coach parking. There is also an overflow car park with 25 spaces, charges apply. Car parking charge refunded on admission.
Dogs on leads welcome to access ground floor levels of the site.
The area is generally made up of flat lawn areas with some gravelled paths.
Mobility access to most of the site is achievable.
Information is available at the visitor centre identifying accessible routes to avoid grassy areas.
On-site exhibition within monument.
Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.
Site guidebook available to purchase online and in selected visitor centres.
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.
Smoking is not permitted.
Picnic benches and /or tables are available for visitor use.
A portable induction loop is available.
Light refreshments are available.
Visitor toilets are available at this site.
This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.
Water refill station available at this site.
Cadw free public WiFi available at this site.
Postcode NP16 6SE.
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.
Telephone 01291 689251
Tintern, NP16 6SE