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,...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
There are several different types of Canoe you can hire at Symonds Yat. The Red Indian type looks good for family use and are probably fairly safe.Schools visit this area and there is good camping near The Biblins. The Forestry Commission have group facilities here and there is general all types of camping at Christchurch, Coleford...more
The ruins of Tintern Abbey sit by the River Wye.Tintern is one of the greatest monastic ruins of Wales, and dates back as far as 1131.It is a spectacular sight when you round a bend in the road and see it ahead.Although we didn't actually go into the Abbey grounds, you can pull up right next to it, and have a pretty good look.A fabulous place for a...more
We greatly enjoyed our visit to The White Monk after spending several hours exploring the Abbey ruins. The baked goods were excellent and I cannot stop thinking about the wonderful texture of the scones and the delicious lemon cake that I had! We had tea everywhere, including The Ritz in London and the Angel in Abergavenny (both very good), but...more
I can not tell you much about The Anchor at Tintern Abbey. We did not stop here, or eat here, or even get a drink here. But I did see it sitting just across the street from The Abbey and thought it would be good for my VT page to add a restaurant location. So if your hungry or thirsty, you can get something to satisfy you while visiting the Abbey....more
Tintern is a few miles north of Chepstow, following the A466 road which passes Chepstow Racecourse and then follows the River Wye quite closely, heading for Monmouth. Chepstow is easy to reach by car, being only a couple of miles from the M4 motorway.By public transport, the nearest railway station is Chepstow. Tintern is served by the Number 69...more
We are lucky to have our own car, so getting from London to Wales was very simple. We drove up via Bristol and crossed the fabulous Severn Bridge.We found driving around Wales very easy. Roads were well sign posted and other drivers courteous - though the pace was a little slower than London!!You can also get to Tintern Abbey by bus. Stagecoach...more
Not everything is surreal or in the image of the poets from the Romantic period at Tintern Abbey. There is some reality. This sign made me laugh. I especially liked the way they capitalized the words "Dog Poo". Not quite Wordsworth, but I think they got their message across.
When visiting Tintern and the Wye Valley go to the Tintern Old Station visitor center and do the walk over the bridge to Brockwier and up through the path through the woods and down to Tintern. Over the metal railbridge and around back to the Old Station. Its not very energetic and has nice views.
There are webb sites relating to the history of the railways in that area and the ship building history. The railway was built and run at great expense its service running throughout the Wye Valley.