There is plenty to explore in and around Tintern. As well as the essential visit to the exquisite Cistercian Abbey (immortalised by both the poet Wordsworth and the artist JMW Turner) you can visit other fascinating sites including castles, mines, Roman baths and ironworks, grottos, cliffs, tunnels and caves – not to mention the intriguing Puzzlewood (as seen in Dr Who). The more active can take their pick of golf, fishing, canoeing, diving, riding – and, of course, walking through our glorious countryside.
Castles and Museums
An events calendar and 400 historic properties are listed on CADW. Nearby attractions include: Big Pit National Coal Museum, Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths, Chepstow Castle, Caldicot Castle, The Kymin, Raglan Castle, St Briavels Castle and St Fagans National History Museum.
Tintern’s Old Station has a sculpture trail and hosts family events, crafts and miniature train rides over weekends and holidays. Cross the road and you will find Wye Valley Sculpture Garden. A short drive will take you to the working farm and brass-rubbing trail at Humble by Nature (they also run courses in animal husbandry and rural skills). Clearwell Caves, Dean Forest Railway, Go Ape, aMazing Hedge Puzzle, Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, Perrygrove Railway and Whirlikidz.
Gardens and Parkland
Dewstow Gardens, Puzzlewood, Slimbridge Wetlands Centre, Veddw House Garden, Westbury Court Garden and Wyndcliffe Court Gardens (which also hosts exhibitions and provides arts courses) will keep nature-lovers and horticulturalists entertained.
We offer a luggage forwarding service to those undertaking the Offa’s Dyke Path, but casual visitors can just step outside.
The following downloads are also available as free pamphlets on reception: Angidy Trail – this walk takes in Elizabethan mills and Roman iron work sites; Wordsworth Walk – a loop around the next village of Llandogo stopping at the Bread and Cheeses viewpoint that inspired Wordsworth’s ‘Lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey’; Head for the Hillforts – peregrine falcons and Iron-age hillforts at Symonds Yat; Picturesque Piercefield – the ruined manor, landscaped gardens and grottos of the bordering Piercefield Estate.
Chepstow Racecourse (which often hosts live music and festivals) is on the edge of the village, but these sporting options are a short drive away: Monmouth Canoe, National Diving and Activity Centre, Fairoak Fishery, Grange Springs, Ravensnest Trout Fishery, Redbrook Equestrian and Severnvale Equestrian. There are 24 golf ranges nearby including championship courses such as Celtic Manor (home of the Ryder Cup), The Rolls of Monmouth and St. Pierre; and local courses such as Alice Springs, Monmouth and Raglan Parc.