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Glastonbury Abbey

Address: Magdalene Street | Somerset, Glastonbury BA6 9EL, England
Phone Number: +44 1458 832267
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Ranked #3 of 21 things to do in Glastonbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Religious sites, Ancient ruins, Mysterious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: A hidden jewel in the heart of Somerset, Glastonbury Abbey is traditionally associated with the...
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Type: Historic sites, Religious sites, Ancient ruins, Mysterious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: A hidden jewel in the heart of Somerset, Glastonbury Abbey is traditionally associated with the earliest days of Christianity in Britain and figures such as Joseph of Arimathea, St Patrick and St David. It is also the resting place for three Saxon kings and the legendary King Arthur. Set in 36 acres of parkland in the middle of the town, the histories, mysteries and myths of Glastonbury Abbey define it as a place of extraordinary spiritual significance. Open 364 days a year, welcoming dogs on short leads, with summer cafe, costumed guides, accredited museum and gift shop.

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Sydney, Australia
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

It was absolutely fascinating to wander around this massive site and realise just how big the Abbey was. Being winter, we were virtually alone, which made it even more atmospheric. The ruins are well marked with informative signs, and the gift shop has one of the best range of items of any historic site we visited.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

First of all it is a very interesting place. The museum part of the experience is very well laid out and gives you a lot of very detailed information. My favourite part of the site is of course the Abbey ruins itself as you can get a lot of very nice pictures. The map leaflet is well detailed and shows... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

A lovely ruin if there is such a thing. The scale of the place is mind blowing and whilst there were works being undertaken we under stand they are necessary to keep the place intact for generations. All in all a nice way to see some history and at a reasonable price. The information /museum section was informative as well.

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Crewkerne, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We enjoyed having a quick look at the ruins but the majority of it had scaffolding around it and was having a lot of work done to it, not enough details about it all either. It is far too expensive for what it is, you can see most of it by just walking past, it was interesting enough for a... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We enjoyed the ruins and peaceful park surrounding the abbey but would like to see the museum and historical details expanded. Felt that the fee for entry was a bit steep for viewing the grounds, though could see how during summer months it may be of more value with the cafe open and activities going on outside.

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Raglan, United Kingdom
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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We visited on a winter's afternoon and were struck by how beautifully the light reflected off the ruins and how serene the site was. This is one of the loveliest monastery sites in England and is the resting place of three Saxon Kings plus King Arthur. My one regret is that we didn't leave enough time to take everything is... More 

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

A beautiful open place to visit on a sunny day. We wandered around the abbey ruins and sat on one of the many benches soaking up the sun and just listening to the birds. A great place for some mindful meditation.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

One of the best abbey's we visited in the UK. Wonderful museum and grounds. Take your time and wonder about, you won't be disappointed. The had a temporary open stage in front of the main abbey wall (with tents and banners) which I felt clashed with the overall mood. Still, a wonderful place to visit.

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bridgwater
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

a very lovely serene place to visit ,it has a lovely old chapel,the grounds are well kept and pleasant to sit in,it also has a small museum which is vey interesting. During the summer it has a small café. a fabulous place to visit.

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Godalming, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

.....thinking that it's just an old ruin. Glastonbury Abbey was colossal in it's day and the superbly run museum will give you all the fact and figures you need to appreciate this fabulous ruined Abbey. Take time to look around and you soon realise what a gem this is. Supposed King Arthur's grave still marked out. We can thank Richard... More 

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