Tintern Abbey – is located on the Hook peninsula in County Wexford, about 16 kilometers south of New Ross on the R734 road. It was a Cistercian abbey founded in the year 1200 by count William Marshall as a result of the oath he made when he encountered a life-threatening storm during a sea voyage that if he survives and safely reaches the land, he will establish an abbey. It was named Tintern from the name of the village in Walli, where an abbey was also located – they were often confused.
After the disintegration of the monasteries, the abbey and adjacent areas were first given to Sir James Croft and then returned to the Colclough family, who transformed them into a residential estate. Colclough’s last descendant was Lucey Marie Biddulph Colclough, who gave the abbey to the Irish government in 1960.
In the years 1982 to 2007, the National Monuments did not only undertake renovation works, but especially to protect local bat colonies.
The abbey is a good piece of Irish monastic history and you can see the remains of the nave, presbytery, tower, chapel and monastery itself, and you can visit them every day from April to October from 10am to 5pm.