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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  • Pretty site. Able to explore the ruins. Parts of the building is under restoration which means scaffolding. Self-guided with information posts throughout. The walled gardens were the winner on this vi...  more »
  • We visited on a lovely warm day in May. OPW staff were lovely and very knowledgeable about the site & it’s history. Parking cafe and toilets and guided tours available. The views both inside and in th...  more »
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  • Great place for a stroll. Nice tea room with indoor or outdoor seating. Coffee and cake a bit pricey but very tasty with very nice staff also
  • The walking trails are accessible and bring you through the beautiful eoods where you will happen upon various wood carvings!! The tea rooms serve good coffee with a wide selection of home cakes as well as lunch snacks.
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