Situated on the west shore of Bannow Bay in Co. Wexford, Tintern Abbey was one of the most powerful Cistercian foundations in the South East until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536. In 1200 William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, set sail for Ireland on his first visit as Lord of Leinster. Threatened with shipwreck, he vowed to found an abbey wherever he could safely land. On reaching the safety of Bannow Bay, he redeemed his vow bequeathing about 9000 acres of land for a Cistercian abbey. Consequently, Tintern Abbey, sited on a gently south-facing slope overlooking Tintern stream was built. Once established, the abbey was colonised by monks from the Cistercian abbey at Tintern in Monmouthshire, Wales, of which Marshal was also a patron.
After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Tintern Abbey and its lands were granted to Anthony Colclough from Staffordshire, an officer in the army of Henry VIII. The Colclough family extensively modified the abbey church. In the 18th century, Sir Vesey Colclough built many of the fine battlements which can be seen around the abbey today. In the 1790s, John Colclough converted part of the abbey into a residence. He also built a flour mill close to the bridge.
The final member of the Colclough family to live at Tintern was Lucy Marie Biddulph Colclough who left in 1959, the abbey was they taken into government care. Conservation works started in the early 1980s and exposed many features of the original Cistercian abbey.
Today, visitors to the lovely County Wexford site can view the remains of the nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister. They can also participate in 45-minute guided tours of the property, which, in the 16th century, became living quarters for the Colclough family.
- Car park
- Tea Room – open daily
Please note: Children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
29th March – 30th October
Daily 9.30 – 17.00
June, July and August
Daily 10.00 – 17.30
Last admission 45mins before closing
Average Length of Visit: 1 hour
Please note for Tintern Abbey and Colclough Walled Garden present your Annual Garden Pass or OPW Heritage Card and avail of free admission.
Daily Garden ticket holders can avail of reduced admission rates to the Abbey – just show your ticket on entry.
Out of Season Telephone No: +353 56 772 4623