Tintern Abbey - Castles of Wales

Tintern Abbey - Castles of Wales

Book the Castles of Wales Explorer Pass 

Your key to unlock Wales' greatest castles, in one ticket!

The Castles of Wales Explorer Pass offers the freedom to explore all of Cadw's historic attractions and help you get the most out of your visit to Wales. 

  • Entry to 25 Welsh castles and attractions (see additional info for full list)
  • Visit as many castle as you want
  • Choice of either the 3 day pass or 7 day pass (the 3 day pass gives you 3 days of entrance and is valid for a 7 day period. The 7 day pass gives you 7 days of entrance, valid for 14 days)
  • Save lots of money!

Book your Castle of Wales Explorer Pass by tapping 'Book' on this page. Once booked, your pass will be sent to you by email. Show this pass upon entry to all attractions either on your device or print if you prefer.

A village made famous by poets and painters

You'll have a truly wonderful time when you visit the beautiful village of Tintern with the family.

As soon as you step out of the car, head first to the iconic Tintern Abbey, founded in 1131. 

Listen to the birds gently fluttering their wings as you walk through the grounds of the abbey ruins. It still stands proud, despite its terrible fall from grace 500 years ago.

The white-robed monks originally began to create a new abbey here in 1269 with the help of the patronage of wealthy Marcher lords. You'll fall in love with the huge seven-lancet window they created which always takes visitors' breath away.

History of Tintern Abbey

Take a stroll with your family as you discover the abandoned cloisters - you can even bring your dog along for the adventure.

The abbey was closed in 1536 by the commissioners of Henry VIII when he planned to destroy the monasteries after his split from the Roman Catholic Church.

You'll notice this monument has a huge amount of national importance as it was bought by the Crown for £15,000 in 1901 from the Duke of Beaufort. The ruins are also extremely well maintained as Tintern Abbey has been taken care of by Cadw since 1984.

As you stroll around under the soaring arches of the nave, peacefulness circles this place - the only sound is the water flowing past the banks of the River Wye on the border between Wales and England.

Step back to the Romantic Age

You'll feel the romance around you at this gothic masterpiece when you step on the same grass that poets and painters have walked upon.

Famous faces such as Wordsworth and Turner took inspiration from the atmosphere of this place to produce some of their best work.

Walk in the steps of Wordsworth who visited this place 200 years ago and wrote his well-known poem Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey. It describes the real picture of nature and how he lost track of time there as the beauty completely consumed him.

Good food, good mood

Why not end your day with a tasty lunch? Take a seat on the picnic benches that are available on-site and unwrap your delicious homemade sandwiches. The perfect way to end a lovely day in Tintern.

Tintern Abbey Information Centre,
Monmouthshire,
GB
NP16 6SE
  • Café
  • Toilets
  • Paid parking

People also ask:

Castles of Wales Explorer 3-day pass and 7-day pass explained:

  • The 3 day pass gives you 3 days of free entrance, that is valid for a 7 day period. The 7 day pass gives you 7 days of free entrance, valid for 14 days.
  • The passes have been designed to be flexible and suit families and tourists spending one or two week weeks in Wales.

How much money will I save with the Castles of Wales Explorer Pass?

  • The more castles you see the more you'll save. 
  • Entry to the Castles of Wales can be anywhere between £8-£15 (approx) each, so this pass is great for anyone wishing to visit a bunch castes on their visit to Wales. 
  • You can visit a lot of castles in 1-2 weeks!

Who is the Castles of Wales Explorer Pass for?

  • Ideal for anyone looking for things to do in Wales, for anyone wanting to soak up as much Welsh culture as possible, and perfect for families on a budget!
  • Wales is often referred to as the "Castle Capital of the World" and has more castles per square mile than any other country, so this pass is also great for any tourists coming to Wales too!

What does Cadw mean?

  • Cadw [cad-oo] is the Welsh word for 'castle' or 'keep' 

What are the Castle of Wales Explorer Pass family tickets?

  • 2 adults and up to 3 children/grandchildren under 18. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

What Cadw attractions are included in the Castle of Wales Explorer Pass? 

  • Beaumaris Castle
  • Blaenavon Ironworks
  • Caerleon Roman Baths
  • Caernarfon Castle
  • Caerphilly Castle
  • Carreg Cennen Castle
  • Castell Coch 
  • Chepstow Castle
  • Cilgerran Castle
  • Conwy Castle
  • Criccieth Castle
  • Denbigh Castle 
  • Harlech Castle
  • Kidwelly Castle 
  • Laugharne Castle 
  • Oxwich Castle
  • Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town House
  • Raglan Castle
  • Rhuddlan Castle
  • Rug Chapel
  • St Davids Bishop's Palace
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Tretower Court and Castle
  • Valle Crucis Abbey
  • Weobley Castle