Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ireland-UK Trip: England Day 5 - Ruins

We did a quick foray back into Wales after leaving the hotel in Bristol, England.  The objective was to see the Chepstow Castle ruins.  It's claim to fame is having the oldest castle gate still in existence, using tree ring dating, they figure it goes back to around 1109 I seem to recall.








We then headed towards the nearby Tintern Abbey along the Welsh border of the river Wye.  It must have been quite the impressive abbey in its heyday.  Founded by the Cisternian Order of Monks and destroyed during the "Dissolution" under King Henry the VIII.







We then returned to England and spent the rest of the day making our way to our lodgings for the night in Farnborough.  Didn't much to write about this town, it appears to just be a bedroom community for the Greater London area.

6 comments:

Steve Williams said...

The ancient ruins and structures are just amazing. Love looking at this stuff. Would rather experience in person but that's not happening right now.

Charlie6 said...

The U.K. is, as you might imagine, full of castle/church ruins to explore....I think your camera would go into overdrive here.

SonjaM said...

I never get tired of exploring ruins, and you have put them in an excellent perspective, Dom. Thank you for inspiring me, where to spend the next holidays.

Randy said...

I'd like to explore the UK some day with my bike. Stunning photos with beautiful castles!

Charlie6 said...

You're most welcome SonjaM, if you want castle ruins, the U.K. Is full of them!

Charlie6 said...

A motorcycle is definitely the way to get around in the traffic they have here Randy, so long as riding in rain isn't a problem of course.