Tintern (Welsh: Tyndyrn) is situated just inside South Wales in the beautiful Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), six miles north of Chepstow on the lower road to Monmouth. Its main tourist attraction is the ruined 12th century Cistercian Abbey. Two long distance paths can be accessed from it: Offa's Dyke Path, on the east bank of the Wye, and The Wye Valley Walk, on the west bank.

Get in

Tintern can be accessed by car, taxi or local bus along the A466 which runs between Chepstow and Monmouth. If coming from London, Bristol or Cardiff then many trains stop at Chepstow, where a 20 minute bus ride will get you to Tintern.

If driving from the Midlands and the North then Monmouth will be the best entry point. There is a height limit (of around 12 ft) on the A466 from Monmouth enforced by several miles of overhanging tree branches further up the road near Redbrook, and a weight limit imposed by a weak bridge across the Wye at Bigsweir. The valley is narrow and winding, with the result that the road is also narrow and winding.

There are also a number of footpaths in the area and a very minor ("unclassified") road from the west. It is therefore easy to enter and exit Tintern without using a motorised vehicle at all.

Get around

There are several bus stops along the A466 as it passes through Tintern (which is built along the road). If you bring a car, Tintern Abbey has a large free car park. The village is small enough for all exploration to be done on foot - indeed, this is preferable, as most of the side roads are very narrow and the A466 is unsuited to roadside parking.



Tintern offers a range of souvenirs, including various videos, books, and soft toys. There is a very small supermarket.

Tintern Abbey is owned by Cadw (who own various Welsh historic monuments) and they have provided their own giftshop on site including various booklets on other Cadw attractions.




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Go next

The A466 offers easy egress to Chepstow and Monmouth. Alternatively you can depart from the village along one of the local public footpaths.

To the North of Tintern, and on the other bank of the river, is the attractive little village of Brockweir, which has riding stables and a Moravian Church. The bridge over the river, which opened in 1906 and replaced a ferry (which promptly went bankrupt owing to an inevitable loss of custom), is particularly fine. It was built by the Wye Valley Railway, who also built the Wireworks bridge across the Wye in Tintern (although that is 30 years older); consequently they are both built in the same style.

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