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. Plan my trip to Wexford with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • We paid a visit to the beautiful Tintern Abbey on the shores of Bannow Bay, Wexford. The sun shown and the bluebells were in bloom beneath a leafy green canopy while the Abbey is set in a commanding.....  more
    We paid a visit to the beautiful Tintern Abbey on the shores of Bannow Bay, Wexford. The sun shown and the bluebells were in bloom beneath a leafy green canopy while the Abbey is set in a commanding.....  more »
  • The scenic drive from Wexford , around 30km , made this visit worthwhile. The Abbey is situated in a woodlands conservation & its really beautiful with many trails around. There is parking right in....  more
    The scenic drive from Wexford , around 30km , made this visit worthwhile. The Abbey is situated in a woodlands conservation & its really beautiful with many trails around. There is parking right in....  more »
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  • The Abbey and Walled Garden are really worth a visit. Chris who is a guide was was excellent, really knowledgeable and imparted the history at just the right level. Just be aware that they only accept cash and currently the coffee shop is not open.
  • The Abbey is about 30km from Wexford town and a real lovely drive through the countryside There is parking right in front of the Abbey and you can pay and explore the Abbey or you to walk along the pathways and explore the woods around. A really beautiful setting on the river and there are many photo opportunities. Parts of the Abbey is still in very condition. We loved the surroundings and explored the wonderful walks and soaked in the views from the bridge

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