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 the Kingstone Brewery, Silver Circle Distillery, Parva Farm Vineyard and other fascinating sites including ironworks, grottos, cliffs, tunnels and caves. The more active can take their pick of golf, fishing, canoeing, diving, riding –and, of course, walking through our glorious countryside.
An events calendar and 400 historic properties are listed on CADW. Nearby attractions include:Big Pit National Coal Museum, Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths, Caldicot Castle, Chepstow 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 intriguing Puzzlewood (as seen in Dr Who and various Hollywood films), Clearwell Caves, Dean Forest Railway, Go Ape, aMazing Hedge Puzzle, Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, Perrygrove Railway and Whirlikidz. Leisure centres at Chepstow and Monmouth offer swimming.
Dewstow Gardens, Puzzlewood, Slimbridge Wetlands Centre, Veddw House Garden and Westbury Court Garden 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.
We stock a number of structured walks in the area that you can follow including:Angiddy Trail - Elizabethan mills and Roman iron work sites; Wordsworth Walk – a loop around the next village of Llandogo; 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 hosts the Welsh Grand National, racing, live music and festivals is on the edge of the village near Wyndcliffe Rocks which is popular with climbers. The more mindful may like Forest Retreats for yoga and well-being activities. A short drive and you can go to: 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), Rolls of Monmouth, St. Pierre, and local courses such as Monmouth.