Tintern Abbey and the Wye Valley
Very few fail to be inspired by their first glance at Tintern Abbey. Set in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the impressive ruins of the Cistercian monastery were in recent times featured in Country Life's top 10 British history attractions.
Definitely a must-see spot by the 18th century (as an element of the Wye Tour over the river), the abbey has influenced poems by William Wordsworth and Alfred Lord Tennyson and paintings by JMW Turner. Tintern has touched the World in lots of ways. It had been the centre of industry for centuries - conservation work has uncovered there were many forges and furnaces along the Wye and associated areas in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Brass was first produced in Britain at the Abbey Forge and it was the very first area to produce wire on an industrial level, most significantly the original transatlantic cable was produced there.
The Wye Valley extends across 3 counties. Two of these are English counties of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. You can find many lovely places to walk and visit throughout the area. You can also see the effect this countryside has had on people like Wordsworth and Turner by exploring their work.
Enjoy your visit