Tintern Abbey, at Saltmills, New Ross, Co. Wexford, is a Cistercian Abbey, founded circa 1200 by William, the Earl Marshall. It is a seasonal attraction, open daily late March to end October (dates are subject to change, check www.HeritageIreland.com). There is an admission fee to the Abbey. Part of the Wexford Walking Trail network, the Tintern Abbey Trails are free—and there are four to choose from. To start each walk, turn right at the entrance to Tintern Abbey and continue to Trailhead.
This short easy walk (0.9km) starts at Tintern Abbey. Cross the Tintern River via the old stone bridge and enjoy the mixed woodland containing 200-year-old beech trees. About half way, discover the Colclough Walled Garden (admission charge) which once supplied the Colclough family who lived in the abbey.
Tintern Demesne Trail
This 2.4km walk along the Tintern River and around the demesne boundary shows nature’s bounty, including fine beech, oak, and chestnut trees as well as kingfishers, egrets, buzzards, red squirrels, stoats, and bats.
The 3.5km trail starts at Tintern Abbey and follows the Tintern River through deciduous and coniferous forest. The walk has some climbs, rough underfoot and obstacles.
Bannow Bay Trail
Starting at the Abbey, this 7.2km trail meanders through the ‘Deal Park’ and on to the ‘Brickfield’ where the bricks to construct the Walled Garden were made. Your walk will take in the old estate village of Saltmills. This area is rich in bird life.
Walks open all year round
Abbey Opening times:
March 29 to October 30
Daily 09.30 to 17.00
June, July & August Daily 10.00 to 17.30
Last admission 45 mins before closing
Walking Trail Free of Charge
Abbey Admission Prices 2019:
Senior (aged 65+): €4.00
Group (10+) €4.00 pp
Student (with valid ID): €3.00
See website www.WexfordWalkingTrail.ie for more details of these and other walks. The website also provides downloadable maps, advice on safety, footwear and clothing tips, and the suitability of walks for different abilities.
16km south of New Ross off the R734 road or 29km from Wexford off the Wexford to Ballyhack road R733
Saltmills, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland
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