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In pictures: Tintern Abbey on the River Wye

Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire, Wales

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 in Monmouthshire, Wales
Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire, Wales
Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire, Wales
Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire, Wales
Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire, Wales

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.

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27 Comments Post a comment
  1. I really want to go there.

    September 20, 2013
    • It is well worth a visit, the ruins are so atmospheric.

      September 24, 2013
  2. Very nice post, thank you – I love the pics! I’ll put Tintern Abbey on my to-see list 🙂

    September 20, 2013
    • Thanks, it’s a great place to photograph, and we got lucky that not too many people were around that day too.

      September 24, 2013
  3. beautiful photos!

    September 20, 2013
    • Thanks, it’s nice to be able to feature some places near home!

      September 24, 2013
  4. Reblogged this on Just Go Places.

    September 20, 2013
  5. Very good post, congratulations.

    September 21, 2013
  6. I have never seen shots of Tintern Abbey before! Thanks! I just know the poem and appreciate knowing how it really looks!

    September 21, 2013
    • Thanks, it’s interesting to see how places look when you’ve heard about them and probably have a completely different picture in your head!

      September 24, 2013
  7. Wow, I love the Wordsworth poem about the abbey but I never actually knew where it was! Thanks for the information, I’ll have to try to visit it sometime.

    September 21, 2013
    • Thanks, hope you get to make the trip out there sometime!

      September 24, 2013
  8. I must admit I love going to these ruins in England. They have an atmosphere and sense of history that the intact ones don’t have. There is also a certain poignancy to them.

    Gorgeous photos too, Lucy!

    September 21, 2013
    • We do have a lot of amazing old ruins in the UK, there’s so much history in such a comparatively small area.

      September 24, 2013
  9. loved this place when I visited it a few years ago. The cathedral was such an amazing space.

    September 22, 2013
    • It’s really atmospheric isn’t it, you can almost feel all the history that has gone on around you.

      September 24, 2013
    • Oh I agree. It was incredible.

      September 24, 2013
  10. Lovely photos Lucy 🙂

    September 22, 2013
    • Thanks Suzanne, it’s been nice to feature some places close to home for a change.

      September 24, 2013
  11. Nice Post!
    Best Regards, Espe.

    September 24, 2013
  12. Life’s for living Luce, amazing collection.

    September 24, 2013
    • Thanks for visiting and glad you liked the shots!

      October 1, 2013
  13. Gorgeous shots, especially that second one with the wide and low PoV and the B&W with the shadows under the arch. Very interesting, as ever.

    September 27, 2013
    • Thanks Rachael, I’ve been so slack at featuring places near to home for me that I thought it was about time they got a mention!

      October 1, 2013
  14. I went to the abbey recently, and was astounded by the tastelessness of modern developments. The abbey is hemmed right in by a road which, with its garish double yellow markings, generally stands out like a sore thumb. What a disaster in modern planning! ’tis a great shame

    October 15, 2013

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