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Cardiff & Newport - Tintern Abbey & Monmouth (half day)

Depart from your ship this morning and head towards the Wye Valley and the picturesque Tintern Abbey which has inspired both Wordsworth and Turner. Founded for Cistercian Monks in 1141 and largely rebuilt in the late 13th century, Tintern Abbey encompasses grand design and architectural detail of great finesse.

The shell of the abbey stands open to the skies almost to its full height, an outstanding example of the elaborate decorated style of Gothic architecture. See the vast windows with their delicate tracery, and the wealth of decorative detail displayed in the walls, doorways and soaring archways.

Continue through the Wye Valley to Monmouth a Welsh border market town situated at the confluence of the Wye and Monnow River. The wealth of elegant Georgian buildings reflect its former status as the county town of old Monmouthshire.

Join your guide for a walking tour of the town (optional) and see the ruins of the 11th century castle which was the birthplace of Henry V in 1387 and the statue of Henry which stands in the square along with that of Charles Stewart Rolls co-founder of the Rolls-Royce car manufacturers. Amongst other sites you will also see the elaborate Shire Hall which dominates Agincourt Square and the Monnow Bridge, a narrow 13th century gateway on its western approach, thought to be the only surviving fortified bridge gate in Britain. Of course there will be some free time for independent shopping, exploring and perhaps refreshments (at own expense) before heading back to Newport and your ship.

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Tours in Cardiff & Newport

Tintern Abbey & Monmouth
Panoramic Cardiff & the Castle

Ports in Wales

Cardiff & Newport
Milfordhaven & Fishguard