Tintern is a village on the west bank of the River Wye in Monmouthshire, Wales. Tintern lies south of Llandogo in the Wye Valley, west of Woolaston, north of Chepstow and east of New Inn. Nearby towns include Catbrook, Brockweir, Chapel Hill, Coldharbour and Woodcroft .
The modern village of Tintern is formed from the two historic villages of Tintern Parva and Chapel Hill.
The village is popular with tourists because of its associations with the ruins of Tintern Abbey, the beautiful scenery and the two National Trails that pass by the village.
Tintern Abbey was originally founded by Cistercian monks in 1131 AD, in the reign of Henry I. Between 1270 and 1301 the Abbey was rebuilt and by the end of the rebuilding, around four hundred monks lived in the complex. Sadly, the Abbey was ruined following the reformation but it is still a remarkable building and is now in the care of Cadw, Welsh Historic Monuments.
The Old Station is a popular attraction in Tintern built as a Victorian country railway station, Situated in the beautiful Wye Valley (AONB) the station is a quiet haven away from the hussle and bussle of daily life. This Green flag award winning site is an ideal starting point for walks in the Wye Valley.
Both the Wye Valley Walk and Offa's Dyke Walk run close by the village.
Offa's Dyke is approximately 177miles / 285 kilometres and the time taken to complete the Trail can vary from four days to the more typical two weeks, depending on your fitness and your intentions. The Offa's Dyke National Trail stretches from the Severn Estuary to the Irish Sea. Offa's Dyke is a great frontier earthwork built by Offa, King of Mercia from 757 to 796 A.D. The Dyke Path is of rather more recent origins being first listed as a long distance route in 1949 then being officially opened on behalf of the Countryside Commission as the Offa's Dyke National Trail in 1971.
The River Wye descends 680mtrs and at approximately 244 km long it is one of Britain's major rivers. The Wye is largely unpolluted and is therefore considered one of the best rivers for salmon fishing in the United Kingdom, outside of Scotland. It is also a popular river with canoeists due to the relatively slow flowing water, making it good for beginners although the rapids at Symonds Yat are slightly more challenging.