Tintern Abbey


It may have been a tourist attraction since the 1790s, but Tintern is holding up well under the pressure.

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It’s easy to see why people flock to the Wye valley to visit Tintern. It’s position in a beautiful valley, next to perhaps the most beautiful river in the country and well supplied with places to eat and drink, Tintern is pretty much the afternoon out destination of Wales and the Midlands.


Even though it attracts a lot of people, it’s still possible to wonder around the ruins of this Cistercian monastery on a half-term afternoon without being swamped. I couldn’t quite see the monks in my mind’s eye, but I was nearly there.


And really, it’s not difficult to see how artists over the years have been inspired here.

For more on my visit to Tintern, click here.