Tintern Abbey Things to Do

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    Splendid view from the Devil's Pulpit!

    by aaaarrgh Written Oct 1, 2011

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    Tintern Abbey is in a spectacular location next to the snaking River Wye. There are footpaths and woodland walks heading off in several directions into Wales and England. For a special view of Tintern Abbey from above, I recommend you take a walk to the "Devil's Pulpit". The "Devil's Pulpit" is a stack of rock on the hillside above Tintern which, yes, has a certain resemblance to a church pulpit. It is a fairly strenuous uphill walk and, though the "pulpit" is only a mile (for a crow) from Tintern, it will probably take at least 45 minutes to reach.

    You will need to cross over the wooden bridge into England and, basically, keep going up, up and up again. There are one or two signposts too. If you find yourself going downhill at any point, you've gone the wrong way!! The route is splendid, through woodland, up steps cut into the rock and, finally, along the Offa's Dyke path. I expect in the spring there will be bluebells too! When the leaves are on the trees, you won't see Tintern at all until you reach your destination. At the 'pulpit' a slot has been cut through the trees and you have a superb photo opportunity with the Abbey and the river below you! Well worth the walk in my opinion.

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    Don't forget Tintern village!

    by aaaarrgh Written Oct 1, 2011

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    Of course, the majestic Tintern Abbey is the main attraction in the area. But Tintern is a pleasant, picturesque village too. For the most part, it hugs the west bank of the River Wye, so you are rarely more than a few metres from the English border! At one end is the Abbey, but at the other end is the little village church of St Michael and, I believe, a vineyard which is open to the public. In between there are many restaurants, cafe's, pubs and small shops to explore. The village even has its own police station!

    Altogether it is one of the nicest and most active little Welsh villages I've come across!

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    Visiting the Abbey with good friends....

    by littlesam1 Updated May 30, 2011

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    Mark and Vicki at Tintern Abbey

    OK, so I have to admit, visiting the Abbey with good friends is fun. But if you know my friends you will know that this group is not necessarily to bunch to bring together for a Wordsworth "inner light" experience. This group consisted of some well known VTers. And lets face it,when I am with Vicki (Myfanwe), we are usually looking for some rock music to sing and dance to, which we did find in Cardiff later in the evening. When I am with Sue Taylor (Suet) there is no telling the mischief we might get into. And then add to that mixture Gillian (Gillybob) and you can understand the level of laughs and fun we were headed into. Mix in my partner Mark (Hikerpark) and my daughter Katie (Katiedid) and Wordsworth is the last thing you would think of. We were fortunate to have Vicki and Sue escort us with their cars, or we might not have gotten to Tintern Abbey in the first place. Once we arrived and started walking through the abbey, we all kind of went in seperate directions, camera's in hand like all good VTers, and had our own unique experience at Tintern Abbery. There was still plenty of time for our usual rowdy behavior later in the day.

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    Cows in the field at Tintern Abbey

    by littlesam1 Written May 30, 2011

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    There were cows in the field right next to the Abbey. This was kind of nice in my opinion. It took away from the feeling of just being at some historic ruins, and brought the place back into the real world. It all fit in perfect for my Wordsworth moment at the Abbey.

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    Read the poem while walking through the ruins

    by littlesam1 Written May 30, 2011

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    Katie reading Wordsworth at Tintern Abbey

    My daughter Katie majored in English literature in college, however she majored in Elizabethan Poetry and not necessarily the Romantics like Wordsworth. So she decided to buy a copy of the poem at the gift shop before entering the ruins. Then once inside she took some time to read the poem and experience the location at the same time. In my opinion thats a really good idea. I think she came away with some understanding of why I have always loved the poem and wanted to visit here.

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    Walk along the Wye River

    by littlesam1 Written May 30, 2011

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    Walk along the Wye River

    When visiting Tintern Abbey, you can do like Wordsworth, and relax on the banks of the Wye River. There is a parking lot at the gift store and ticket admissions office. Just behind the store you can walk down to river. Its a beautiful location.

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    Tintern Trail

    by Balam Written Jan 19, 2010

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    If you have the time why not take the time to do the Tintern Trail, there is a map by the side of the river and it looks to be a nice interesting walk that takes in all the attractions of Tintern. The main route is relativly flat and easily accessible for both pushchairs and wheelchairs (with assistance). There are two optional extensions to the path visiting The Old Station and including The Nurtons and to St Mary’s Church but these have stiles and can be quite steep.

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    The Abbey

    by Balam Updated Jan 19, 2010

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    Tintern Abbey was a Cistercian abbey which was founded in 1131 and is probably one of the greatest monastic ruins of Wales, It has a remarkably complete abbey church which has been rebuilt in the later thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries, there are also extensive remains of a cloister and the associated monastic buildings.

    As you can see by the pictures, when we visited it had been snowing and because of this the Monument was closed for safety reasons so we could only view it from the outside and visit the Shop where I bought some guide books for various Cadw sites. The staff were very friendly and extremely helpful.

    Adult - £3.60, concession - £3.20, family - £10.40

    Opening hours:

    April - October: Monday - Sunday 9.00 - 17.00

    November - March: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 16.00, Sunday 11.00 - 16.00

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    Visit the Great looking Village Pub

    by Myfanwe Written Jan 2, 2010

    Tintern has a fantastic looking village pub. Unfortunately we didn't pop in here during our visit but will definitely go in when we venture up to this neck of the woods in the future. I'll be able to do a proper review then, but in the mean time....

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    Follow the Waymarked walking Trails

    by Myfanwe Updated Jan 2, 2010
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    Tintern is perfectly positioned alongside the River Wye and forms part of the area which has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are numerous walking trails to follow. There is an information board alongside the river giving details of the walks, this also highlighs places of interest along the way. Leaflets detailing the walks are also available in the Tintern Abbey gift shop.

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    Visit the Abbey

    by Myfanwe Written Dec 24, 2009

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    Tintern Abbey is set amongst the picture postcard scenery of the Wye Valley, alongside the River Wye. The remains of the Cistercian Abbey as they are seen today date back from the 13th Century although the Abbey was founded in 1131. Today, the Abbey is in the care of CADW (Welsh Heritage) who look after and maintain these wondrous buildings. There is a small fee to go inside and look around but much of the exterior can be seen from the outside. There is a lovely little gift shop at the entrance to the Abbey which sells guidebooks for many of the CADW attractions in the area and lots of Welsh crafts etc.

    The Abbey has been the inspiration of many Artists over the years, with its' fantastic position alongside the river surrounded by splendid Countryside, I can see why.

    There are car parking facilities near the Abbey.

    Entrance fee is £3.60 with concessions available.

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    walk around the abbey

    by uglyscot Updated Jun 26, 2008

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    The abbey though badly destroyed, shows how large it would have been with its outside buildings - infirmary and dormatory for lay brothers.
    Many rose windows and arches add to the beauty of the building; although the largest sections were covered with scaffolding, there was enough visible to give an idea of its beauty.
    The surroundings and the small town nearby form an attractive backdrop to this ancient Cistercian abbey.

    Entry is £3.70 for an adult, £3.60 for concession holders.

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    Visit Tintern Abbey

    by uglyscot Updated Jun 25, 2008

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    Although now roofless and in need of repair [restoration being done 2008], it is a magnificent building. The Great Church, though now roofless and undergoing repair,is much as it was then.
    It has a simple cruciform plan with an aisled nave and trancepts.It was begun in 1269 and built in the Decorated style. The great Gothic church is long with a complex sequence of construction, replacing the earlier small church of the 12 Century. Earl Roger Bigod III led to its completion in the 14 th century.

    Outside the main buildings are the remains of the infirmary, kitchen and lay monks' dormitary.

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    tintern abbey

    by doug48 Written Sep 3, 2007

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    pictured is the interior of tintern abbey. this beautiful ruin was founded in 1131AD by walter de clare. it is the first cistercian abbey in wales. this ruin was the inspiration for william wordsworth's famous poem "tintern abbey". a beautiful place to visit in the wye valley.

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    Tintern Abbey ruins

    by darkjedi Updated Mar 17, 2007

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    On a summers evening the ancient monastic ruins of Tintern Abbey are a place of quiet contemplation. Nestled in a valley beside the River Wye, the ruins of the old abbey make a photogenic sight against the forest backdrops. Founded in 1131 and abandoned in 1536, the abbey had a quiet and uneventfull life. There is a shop near the entrance selling a selection of general Welsh tourist tack, some quite nice. Car parking is free and sometimes during the summer there are local traders who set up a fair with old fashioned clothing with stores and wares inside tents.

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