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Tintern abbey is situated in a steeply wooded valley/gorge alongside the river Wye. The Abbey - under the care of CADW ( welsh version of English Heritage) is derelict with only a small part of the building having a roof. The walls of the main building are virtually intact, and the remains of the monks dormitories and ancilliary buildings can be seen. The ruins are set in flat lawns with gravel paths, meaning no special footwear is required.
The abbey can get busy in summer season being a popular tourist attraction but out of season it is fairly quiet. In autumn the backdrop of the forested valley with the leaves starting to turn is an excellent photo opportunity. Cadw charge an admission fee to enter the site, but English Heritage members get discounted entry.
The Anchor Inn close by is an old stone tavern serving food, and there is accommodation at the Royal George hotel (Best Western) across the road.