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breathtaking scenery on the Welsh border

The inspirational landscape of William Wordsworth and the English landscape painters

book of Wordsworths poetry inspired by Tintern Abbey


Tintern is dominated by the ancient splendour of the Cistercian Abbey founded on 9 May 1131 by Walter de Clare, Lord of Chepstow. It is situated on the Welsh bank of the River Wye, which at this location forms the border between Monmouthshire in Wales and Gloucestershire in England. It's romantic location moved William Wordsworth to exclaim in poetic response.

Written by William Wordsworth after a walking tour with his sister near the Welsh Borders, Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey describes his encounters with the countryside on the banks of the River Wye and grows into an outline of his general philosophy.

‘Lines Composes a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey’


British tourism was born in the Wye Valley when in late 18th century the Reverend Gilpin, pioneer of the 'Picturesque' movement put the Wye Tour firmly on the map. The Wye Valley was then immortalised by the Romantic poets and became a favourite area of the 18th century English landscape painters. The stunning landscape of the Wye Valley which follows the path of the River Wye through a breathtaking scene of limestone gorge and woodland ravine is still today a favourite area straddling the Welsh / English border for riverside walking and outdoor activities.

Did you know that in Tintern, in the year 1568, brass was first made by alloying copper with zinc?

J. M. W. Turner - Ruins of West Front, Tintern Abbey 1794-95

picturesque style painting of Tintern Abbey by J.M.W.Turner
Chepstow Castle fortifications in the sunshine by the River Wye


Tintern hosts a wide selection of hotels, bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation to meet all requirements to make your stay in the Wye Valley complete. Tintern village follows the banks of the River Wye and is the heart of the lower Wye Valley. Steep, wooded hills, rivers, streams and leafy walks all add to the natural beauty of this unspoiled area. Places of interest include Tintern Old Railway Station and castles at Chepstow, Caldicot, Raglan and Monmouth. There are golf courses in Chepstow, Monmouth and in the Forest of Dean.

Chepstow Castle


Abbey Mill and the village of Tintern have appeared in many popular TV programmes – Songs of Praise, Country Life, Channel 4’s four in a bed and the ‘you know what educational series’ for Netflix, to name a few.

The Wirework Bridge, built in the 19th century when Tintern produced some of the best wire in the country.

wire bridge across the river wye at tintern in the sunshine with daffodils

Fabulous meal at Abbey Mill

A great Wye Valley coach trip with Creigau meant we enjoyed a fabulous meal at Abbey Mill in good company. The little village comprises many shops to browse and buy. A walk alongside the water is an added pleasure, Google

Google, December 2022