Tintern Abbey was founded in 1200 and has a long Irish monastic history laying in between its walls. The building was adapted over the years into more suitable living quarters and occupied by several families right up to the 1960s.
Today the Abbey is in ruins but some of the building has been restored and excavated by the Office of Public Works. This includes special conservation of the Abbey and the local bat colonies in which it inhabits. Conservation works have been progressing steadily and the 19th-century buildings resemble the original walls of the Abbey more than ever.
Upon entering the site on the narrow roads, you will first catch a glimpse of the majestic Tintern Abbey and be brought back to its original era in the medieval times. There are magnificent woodland trails leading to spectacular walled gardens, ruins of mills, small churches and graveyards outside the monistic Abbey.
Upon visiting the Abbey, the exhibition is a must-see experience and later on, there is a tea-room facility to relax in and sip on a cuppa. Both a walk-lovers, couple or family dream!