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I only just managed to get round Tintern Abbey before the rain set in for the day. It was not looking at its best.

Founded by the Cistercians in 1131 in a typically remote rural location, it was only the second Cistercian foundation in Britain and the first in Wales.

Like most monasteries it grew and was added to over a 400-year period until it was suppressed by Henry VIII in 1536.

Along with many other Cistercian houses, its remote location has ensured that the remains are fairly substantial. For opening times, admission prices,etc. please see Cadw's official site, detailed below.

The glory of Tintern is, of course, its setting. Sadly the weather was not with me. One to go back to, quite definitely.