In a Nutshell
Imposing ruin of the Cistercian abbey set against the backdrop of the Wye valley in an area of outstanding national beauty.
Parking and Pooping
Tintern Abbey is situated on the banks of the Wye, on the A466 between Chepstow and Monmouth. If you arrive from the south, you'll be treated to the spectacular reveal of the abbey as you round the corner, looking down on the abbey with the Wye Valley as a back drop.
The site is managed by Cadw and has dedicated parking just in front of the visitors centre; you can redeem the small fee against purchases in the shop, but not on the entry free. There is plenty of grass about and toilets at the visitors centre.
The abbey site itself is dog friendly, with the proviso that you keep pup on the lead at all times. You can walk the entire site, in and out of the ruins and take in the views. Outside of the abbey, there is a path that runs along the river bank north of the abbey towards the small village which is strung out along the bottom of the steep valley side. Most of this is away from the main road, so makes for easy walking and the pavements along the road in the village are adequate.
Keeping the Humans Amused
The main attraction is of course the abbey itself and you can take your time and immerse yourself in the history of the abbey buildings which date back between 500 and 800 years old. There is a gift shop on site.
A short walk north of the abbey you'll find a collection of craft and gift shops at the Wye Valley Crafts centre. The village itself is mainly residential although we did notice an antiquarian bookshop on the main road.
There is no food or drink at the abbey other than an ice cream or a can of pop, however just across the car park there are a pub and tea rooms with plenty of outside seating available. The Anchor Inn is very dog friendly and muddy boots and dogs are no problem. The Wye Valley Hotel and the Rose pub in the village are also dog friendly so you have a number of options.
Check out the Cadw page for opening times and prices
Wye Valley Crafts Association
Monmouth, 11.2 miles
Chepstow, 5.4 miles