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Glastonbury Abbey

Magdalene Street | Somerset, Glastonbury BA6 9EL, England
+44 1458 832267
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Ranked #4 of 20 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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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We happened to visit right at the time an Anglican Church service with a boatload of bishops was starting. So we enjoyed seeing their procession into the open air worship space which, in spite of the ruins, are quite majestic. Interesting grounds with an old kitchen, herb garden, and building ruins.

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ayrshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Peaceful , beautiful and spacious grounds. The Abbey ruins are picturesque and worth having a wander round. There is a King Arthur connection as legend has it that he and Guinevere were buried at the Abbey - a plaque on the ground marks the spot. Nice to relax on a bench and soak up the tranquility. There is a herb... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The site is well organised with an indoor display followed by a numbered map of the grounds. The staff were all friendly and there is a cafe on site offering locally obtained foods and beverages. The grounds are big enough tat you can walk around and relax while taking in the site.

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Newquay, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We went around the Abbey ruins with one of the living history guides which made our visit even better. She was well informed and able to answer our questions about the Abbey and King Arthur. If you like history well worth going along too it isn't just about religion! Disappointed with Glastonbury too many alternative shops to be alternative :)

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My wife and I travelled from Belfast through England on a touring holiday to Glastonbury to visit historic attractions. We specifically wished to visit King Arthur’s supposedly resting place as a highlight of the tour -having a keen interest in this historical legend. We checked the opening hours on the Abbey’s website and arrived in good time in the afternoon... More

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Wendy B, Public Relations Manager at Glastonbury Abbey, responded to this review

We are really sorry to hear about your experience; it certainly isn't the norm. We would be grateful if you would be kind enough to contact us direct at info@glastonburyabbey.com. More

Basildon, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Visited on a whim and it was the best choice we made on our weekend break in Somerset. Walking round the site, you come over with a sort of peacefulness that is hard to explain. The site is immaculately kept and very beautiful. However the highlight was the free guided tour. Led by Alice, in full Tudor peasant garb, she... More

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I would definitely recommend that everyone visits the abbey when in Glastonbury. Even though it is a ruin, it is so peaceful and beautiful that you almost forget where you are. Some really interesting pieces and some great guides too.

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Canvey Island, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Worth a visit and was amazed at just how big the Abbey grounds were. Staff all very helpful and knowledgeable.

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North Wales
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

A fabulous peaceful place in the middle of the rather wacky town. If you buy a ticket you can come and go throughout the day, so go early! The grounds are magnificent and the people are friendly and enthusiastic. Highly recommended.

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Up North
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

To say you're in the middle of a busy market town the abbey is really peaceful. It's also so interesting to walk around and beautiful to look at, especially if you get contrasting sun and clouds like we did! Take your time to explore, it's worth it :)

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