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Tintern Abbey

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Tintern Abbey

I'm currently in a pre-preplanning stage for a return trip to Great Britain. We're staying in London, but were thinking of taking the train to Cardiff for the day.

Then I saw some pics of Tintern Abbey online and I was just amazed. Is there any fairly easy public transportation that goes near there or is it pretty hard to get to?

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Train to Chepstow, bus from there to Tintern. Distance from Chepstow to Tintern is about 6 or 7 miles, so taxi would not be outrageous if bus schedules don't coincide well with train times.

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Tintern truly is amazing, and a place that tourists don't generally get to. Public transport, as you've been told, isn't easy.

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This past June did exactly what you are interested in doing. We spent the morning in Cardiff - only 2 hours from London. Went to the Cardiff Casrle - really enjoyed tour. Took the train from Cardiff to Chepstow. Walked around Chepstow a little and took the bus (don't remember the number but got the info from Cardiff's visitor centre). The visitors centre also had a timetable for the trains. It dropped us off across the street from the Abbey. To get to the bus station from the train station is a 5 minute walk. Going back we were on the correct side of the road. It was not a difficult journey. We stalled in Chepstow too long and missed the train. The next one wasn't for 2 hours but we found a bus going to Newport and took that. We had a guided tour of the area from the bus driver. It ended up being more fun than the train. He dropped us off and we ran to catch the train. Turned out to be the same on we would've been on if we caught it in Cardiff.

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Hi RaphEmer

I would say, if you really want to see Tintern, I would skip Cardiff on this occasion (do-able as well as Tintern over 2 days but might be a bit of a long day on just a 1 day visit) and do a trip most overseas visitors completely bypass:

Get off at Newport and take a bus/taxi from the station to Caerleon. I am sure you will be impressed by what you find - Caerleon is now more or less a dormitary suburb of Newport but the old village very much retains its old character and what is more has an excellent array of Roman remains - an amphitheatre, small baths, large remains of barracks (the most extensive in northern Europe), and an excellent (free) museum.

http://www.caerleon.net/

Then get back to Newport where you can get the train to Chepstow, for connections to Tintern.

You can test out routes and times (even walking distances) by this brilliant website which tells you how get from anywhere in Wales to just about anywhere else in Wales (note though that you can only enter dates a month in advance but it should give you an idea).

http://www.traveline-cymru.org.uk/

If you had more time I would also suggest you visit another hidden treasure in Newport - Tredegar House, one time home of the Morgan Family (linked to Henry Morgan the Pirate) with parts of the house reflecting 15th century, 17th century and 19th century and a wonderful family history story but maybe save that for your next visit!

An alternative (maybe the easiest of the lot for you), is just to get to Cardiff, kick back and take a daytrip by coach round all the sites:

http://www.seewales.com/day-tours.asp

http://www.bachtravel.com/daytours2.htm

http://www.southwalestours.com/

Hope that helps!

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The bus from Chepstow to Tintern is service 69 runs about every two hours and takes 19 minutes. details at www.traveline-cymru.org You can even do it on a Sunday, whish is amazing for this part of the world!! Sunday times from Chepstow are 10.30 12.30 14.30 16.30. Returning from Tintern 13.40 15.40 17.40

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We visited Tintern in May 2006, and it was nice, but covered with scaffolding!

We did have a car and had a lovely visit to Llanthony Priory, Caerphilly Castle and several other places, so all was not lost.

Point is, though, does it still have scaffolding on it? That might make a difference on whether you make the effort to visit :-)

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