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A riverside village rich in religious and industrial heritage

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Tintern Abbey

Found close to the border between Wales and England, Tintern is a pretty riverside village nestled at the heart of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, most famous for its Cistercian abbey.

The ruins of the 12th century Tintern Abbey are undoubtedly the village’s most popular attraction. The first Cistercian monastery in Wales, and only the second in Britain, building first begun on the abbey in 1131, with various parts built and added on until 1526, meaning the abbey consists of a variety of architecture, from the early medieval period to the Tudor age.

Tintern Old Station (image credit: Gordon Plant (CC 4.0))

Tintern is also home to another two historic religious sites: St Michael’s Church and St Mary’s Church. St Michael’s stands on the site of an 8th century Celtic Christian church; the current church was built in 1846, though it retains many features from over the centuries including the 15th century porch and a number of tombstones. St Mary’s currently stands in ruins, though there is an interesting sarcophagus tomb found in the churchyard.

There’s more to Tintern than history, however, as there are plenty of stunning walks that can be taken from the village. One of the best is the three-mile walk from the abbey to the Devil’s Pulpit, a vast limestone rock which juts out from the cliffs. This walk also takes you to the Offa’s Dyke Path, a National Trail which follows the historic border from Chepstow in the south to Prestatyn on the north coast. Plenty of fantastic wildlife is also native to the Wye Valley, including otters, herons, kingfishers, rare red kites and even peregrine falcons.

Tintern is also even home to its own vineyard, the Parva Farm Vineyard, which grows 15 different varieties of grapes. Found north of the village in the heart of the countryside, wine tours and tastings are available, and their wine shop is also open six days a week.

Tranquil beauty and countryside can also be discovered at the nearby Wye Valley Sculpture Gardens. A series of sculptures have been placed throughout the diverse gardens, which span woodlands, meadows and orchards alongside traditional gardens.

While in Tintern, you should also make sure that you pay a visit to the Old Station, a visitor centre with three train carriages on site, a gift shop, a riverside walk and an award-winning tearoom. Activities for children are also available, including a play area and miniature train rides.

“Plenty of stunning walks can be taken from the village…”

After a day of exploring the village and the surrounding Wye Valley, sit back and relax at one of Tintern’s charming pubs for a bite to eat and a refreshing pint. The Anchor Inn is housed in the abbey’s old cider mill, and also has its own on-site café, while The Rose & Crown is well-known for its Sunday lunch.

Discover even more inspiration for your perfect Wye Valley holiday by browsing our full collection of Tintern cottages.

While you’re there

Tintern Old Station

An activity-packed visitor centre with an award-winning tearoom

Offa’s Dyke Path

This National Trail runs close by to the village and offers hundreds of miles of scenic walks

Tintern Abbey

The ruins of the first Cistercian monastery in Wales, dating back to 1131

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