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Glastonbury Abbey

Magdalene Street | Somerset, Glastonbury BA6 9EL, England
+44 1458 832267
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Ranked #3 of 15 Attractions in Glastonbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Ancient Ruins, Mysterious Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

You get a sense of the size and importance from the ruin but you won't stay long (unless you want to pray at the tomb of King Arthur, as I saw someone doing). There is an exhibition on the history but it's pretty hokey (although there are some good activities for kids). Not great compared to other abbeys and ruins,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Very warm reception when arrived to purchase entry. Great information from the live Late Saxon warrior in the interior display area. The dogs loved the grounds and we're well behaved around the fish pond. The sculptures in the orchard were well placed and added to the atmosphere of the area. Good value beverages from the summer cafe enjoyed at the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This is an interesting site, but it is just a ruin...and there are comparable or better places to see. The entry price is high for what it is and I didn't feel the place was terribly well presented. There is no doubt that the guide tour was all hyped up for the overseas visitor....and came over as very cheesy to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

well worth the entrance fee. includes a museum. take a picnic and walk up to the lakes at the back and enjoy the parkland

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

A delightful few hours can be spent in the peace and tranquillity of this place. Guided tours available in the summer. Sculpture walk in the abbey orchard. Bring a picnic and relax or treat yourself to a ice cream.

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Alconbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Time passed rather quickly and we spent more time here than we expected. Costumed guides are available to give guided tours and I highly recommend the tour which is given by friendly, knowledgeable staff who tell of the Abbeys history. The Abbey itself is now in ruins but even these are a magical, beautiful sight. The medieval kitchen still exists... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We went to Glastonbury last week and spent the afternoon there. We have been before but in November so a glorious September afternoon really made a difference! It is a lovely place, set in gorgeous parkland. The museum is very interesting (wish I was a schoolchild living nearby!) and there are tours which are extremely informative with guides in Tudor... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We felt the Abbey and its grounds were a beautiful spot to stay in for a couple of hours. In the grounds, there are a couple of lakes, with large carp and a few ducks, and there are plenty of places to walk or to sit. The grounds are excellently maintained, and the Abbey remains are stunning! We can understand... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I spent much more time here than I expected. Hours passed and I didn't even notice. I loved the history and thoroughly enjoyed the tour. very enthusiastic and knowledgable guides. I spent time enjoying my own company amongst the abbey and the grounds. Take your time and become part of this place. More than your money's worth. You must visit... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

There are guided tours, delivered by volunteers dressed (and delivering the tour) as at the time of Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries. They tell you the legends of the abbey, as well as the history, and do this very well. There is a small museum of artifacts found at the site, as well as a shop selling gifts and... More

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