The Old Station, Tintern
Built as a Victorian country railway station, the Old Station in Tintern is a charming site to visit for a quiet relaxing day out, or to start your walk in the beautiful Wye Valley. The Old Station for Tintern was on the now long gone Wye Valley Railway and is situated well out of the village at the northern end. A walk down past St. Michael’s Church and along the river bank to the station is very pleasant when the weather is fine. There is also a car park (50p) at the site.
The Old Station received the prestigious Green Flag Award in 2009 and retained the award in 2010 and 2011. These awards recognise and reward the best parks in the country. The site has also recently won the accolade of “the UK’s favourite park” in the Green Flag People’s Choice Awards.
The site features a riverside walk and meadows, children’s play area, picnic site with barbeques, tearoom, souvenir shop, tourist information and a secluded basic camp site. The site is ideal for children as it incorporates a large grass space covering the old railway track. There is also an area with various playground items for children.
There are three refurbished railway carriages which house the Destination Wye Valley exhibition to help you explore the heritage of the Wye Valley. Railway buffs will love the scale model of the station as it was at the height of its grandeur, and carefully preserved relics from that time.
On many weekends there is a steam railway service on the 5 inch railway running along the edge of the site. This is big enough to take adults as well as the children.
The Circle of Legends wood carvings feature local mythical or historic characters which form a series of trails throughout Monmouthshire.
The station is now in a good state of preservation and incorporates a tea room in the old waiting room which is open for breakfast, light lunches, home baked cakes and afternoon teas as featured in the AA Afternoon Tea Guide. Relax and enjoy a piping hot chocolate with one of the homemade cakes. Ice creams are delicious and very welcome if you are taking a longer walk via the station. Their Lavender Cake was recently voted the best in Wales 2012/13 in the True Taste of Wales awards.
The Old Station is a member of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism Association.
The site has a camping area adjoining it. All are welcome but for a maximum of three nights only. Toilet and wash-hand basins are available but there are no shower facilities.
The Old Station is open between April and the end of October. The opening hours are from 10am to 5.30pm every day. The countryside site remains open all year for informal access.
The Old Station is located on the A466, the main Wye Valley road, north of Tintern Village (NP16 7NX). Bus number 69 passes the entrance. Contact traveline for more information. Tel 0871 200 22 33. The Wye Valley Walk crosses the site.
Essentially, the Old Station and the meadows alongside are “barrier free”. There is an accessible toilet as well as baby changing facilities in both male and female toilets. Please note that access to the Signal Box does require use of a steep flight of steps.
Ramp access is provided to the railway carriages.
Countryside Mobility Scooters and wheelchairs are available (register and book with site staff).