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Visitor Notice

Tintern Wireworks Bridge Improvements 2022

From spring 2022, the Grade II listed bridge across the River Wye will be closed for major repair.

Please check the Highways website for more information, a list of FAQs and latest updates.

How to visit:

  • check our opening times, prices and facilities below
  • purchase your admission tickets on arrival or book online
  • bring your face covering, to be worn in all indoor areas.

Book tickets 

Please note: most of the church and all immediate surroundings are closed due to ongoing conservation work; we have reduced our admission prices to reflect the limited access arrangements during this period.


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.

More about Tintern Abbey

Opening times

Daily 10am–5pm

Closed 1pm–2pm


Daily 10am–6pm

Closed 1pm–2pm


Daily 9.30am–5pm

Daily 10am–4pm*

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

Please note: during extreme weather conditions we may need to close monuments at short notice, please check our social media channels before visiting to ensure the site is open and safe to visit.

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*Most of the church and all immediate surroundings are currently closed due to conservation work.

Prices & Tickets

Category Price
Member - Join now
Disabled and companion
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans
Seniors (Aged 65+)

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children 

All children under 5 receive free entry.

Please purchase your admission tickets on arrival at the visitor centre.


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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 large shared car park near the abbey entrance with approx. 55 spaces; including 5 dedicated disabled spaces

There is dedicated coach parking and an overflow car park with 25 spaces

Pay & Display car park — cash only — car parking charge refunded on paying admission and Cadw members

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 holiday accommodation is available to hire close to this site.

Click here for more details.

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.

To book your free self-led education visit to this site, follow these simple steps in our self-led education visits section.

While you're there, check out our free learning resources to help with your time travel adventure!


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.


From Cardiff M4, J23, M48, J2, A466. From London M4, J21 to M48.
7km/4mls Chepstow, Cardiff - Chepstow/Gloucester.
300mtrs/325yards, route No 69, Chepstow - Monmouth.
NCN Regional Route 32 (250mtrs/276yards).

Postcode NP16 6SE.

For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.

Contact us

Telephone 03000 252239


Tintern Abbey,
Tintern, NP16 6SE

For contractors, educational visits and deliveries please ring 01291 689251