Tintern Abbey Travel Guide
Splendid view from the Devil's Pulpit!
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...
Don't forget Tintern village!
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,...
Visiting the Abbey with good friends....
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...
Cows in the field at Tintern Abbey
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.
Read the poem while walking through the ruins
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...
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.
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...
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...
Visit the Great looking Village Pub
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....
Follow the Waymarked walking Trails
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,...
Visit the Abbey
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...
The White Monk - Tintern: Favorite tea in England and Wales!
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,...
The Anchor: The Anchor at Tintern Abbey
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...
The Anchor: Great looking Pub
Next to the Abbey is this great looking pub that as you can see by the pictures apeared to have been constructed on and using the ruins of the original cider mill of the Abbey and i have read that the horse-drawn apple press which was used to crush the apples from the...
The White Monk: Lovely little coffee shop
The White Monk coffee shop is situated just across the road from Tintern Abbey, it provides an excellent opportunity for a cuppa or maybe a bite to eat after your visit to the Abbey.There is a lovely little gift shop here too, selling all sorts of local memorabilia and...
Getting to Tintern
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...
Getting to Tintern Abbey
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...
Not all is poetic at Tintern Abbey
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.
Written May 30, 2011
Local walks in the Wye Valley
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.
Updated Oct 28, 2005
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