In pictures: Tintern Abbey on the River Wye
From Cistercian monks to poets Wordsworth and Tennyson, Tintern Abbey has inspired devotion for centuries. The abbey is located on the banks of the River Wye – with Wales on one side of the river and England on the other. It was founded in 1131 and was home to Cistercian monks for the next few centuries. But after the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII, in 1536 the abbey was abandoned and it began to crumble and decay for the next 300 years. Then when railways were built along the valley it became a hugely popular tourist attraction, with thousands of visitors a day coming to see the abbey’s remains. It’s still one of Britain’s best-preserved medieval abbeys, with walls still standing and arching windows in tact. And it keeps on inspiring artists, writers and even Iron Maiden, who filmed a video among the ruins.
Tintern Abbey is located in the town on Tintern in Monmouthshire, just across the Welsh border from Gloucestershire. It’s normally open 9.30am–5pm (10am–4pm in winter) and entry costs £4.50 per adult.