Tintern Abbey, Wexford

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Tintern Abbey was a Cistercian abbey located on the Hook peninsula, County Wexford, Ireland.
The Abbey - which is today in ruins, some of which have been restored - was founded in 1203 by William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, as the result of a vow he had made when his boat was caught in a storm nearby. Once established, the abbey was colonised by monks from the Cistercian abbey at Tintern in Monmouthshire, Wales, of which Marshal was also patron. To distinguish the two, the mother house in Wales was sometimes known as 'Tintern Major' and its daughter abbey in Ireland as 'Tintern de Voto' (Tintern of the vow).
After the Dissolution of the Monasteries the abbey and its grounds were granted to firstly to Sir James Croft, and then in 1575 to Anthony Colclough of Staffordshire, a soldier of Henry VIII. His descendants became the Colclough Baronets. The final member of the Colclough family to reside at Tintern was Lucey Marie Biddulph Colclough who donated the abbey to the nation. Considerable research and restoration has since taken place.
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  • This abbey is really worth the diversion to see it. It is being conserved by the Office of Public Works at the moment and is partially roofed. The location is stunningly beautiful.  more »
  • Picturesque and dramatic old abbey on suportb grounds with river woodland and walled garden. Great place for a picnic or a walk in the woods. Plenty to explore.  more »
  • A great day out for everyone, plenty of fun for all the family. Great for groups/ couples or peaceful solo walks. Nice forest trails and woodland environments. Staff are friendly, helpful and welcoming. One small issue is no card payment facilities in the coffee shop
  • We visited today. My cousin Anne, her 2 children and myself. The staff at reception are very friendly. A fiver each to go into the Abbey museum and children under 12 free. It's interesting but a guided tour would be most effective if you get the opportunity to take one. Cafe is clean and the staff are friendly. However, 4 cans of minerals, 3 packets of crisps and 1 slice of choc cake = 17:10 euro. Ouch. Not good value for money in my opinion. Cake was nice though. The trails are fabulous and some lovely woodwork and stone carvings to look out for. We walked to the old church to check out our ancestral grave between 2 yew trees at the end wall of the church. Explained some history to the children from New York. There was a talk on today about Victoria gardening and some great traditional music by the local Wall brothers to mark Heritage week. A family can easily enjoy a couple of hours exploring here. There is also a fabulous walled garden with an small entrance fee. I highly recommend visiting Tintern Abbey and grounds. Something for all the family.
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