On the banks of the River Wye, approximately 35 miles from Cardiff, is the historic site of the ruins of Tintern Abbey. This abbey was demolished under the rule of King Henry VIII but its towering shell remains an iconic image. The overgrown ruins were of particular interest during the Romantic era, capturing the imagination of painter J M W Turner and poet William Wordsworth.
Today, they are less overgrown but the majesty of the building is quite overpowering. Anyone with a few dozen miles of this historic sight should certainly make a detour!
Tintern Abbey, Tintern, Gwent NP16 6SE