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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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Overland Park, Kansas, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Don't miss this amazing plot of land. Besides seeing these ancient ruins, there is an old herb garden and apple orchard that beg to be visited. The Abbot's Kitchen is still in excellent condition after sitting there for hundreds of years... Loved going there, should have gone more in my weeks stay in the magical town... You can buy a... More

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Bushey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

One of the main reasons why we are planning to move to Glastonbury is so that we can have access to this beautiful abbey and its landscape all the time. We have visited many times over our 30 year marriage and now want to be closer still. Not only is the abbey of enormous historical, cultural, architectural and spiritual importance,... More

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The museum is quite well done especially the interactive wall for kids like I still am one. The park is absolutely lovely and worth a stroll. I liked the herbal garden too, but it is somehow neglected. The entrance fee of 6 or 7 £ seems a bit heavy to my opinion.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

It was pouring with rain when we visited the Abbey, but this didn't deter us. The initial museum contained lots of interesting artefacts and really helped us to understand the history of the Abbey. Small dogs were welcomed (on a short lead) and we spent a long time outside, enjoying the Abbey ruins, looking at the Abbey kitchens and enjoying... More

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Seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Some amazing ruins and information on the way of life (i.e. loved the monks kitchen). The grounds are wonderful to wander.. you can even bring a picnic.

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Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Set in a well-maintained park area are the ruins of a huge Abbey going back to Biblical times and the legendary King Arthur. Whether history or legend, there are enough ruins of the Abbey left so you can use your imagination to fill in what it must have been like in those times. King Arthur and Queen Guinevere are supposedly... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We spent the best part of a day here starting with an excellent guided tour from the pilgrim Mistress Isabel which was informative & entertaining. The history of the Abbey site goes back to 63 AD with a visit from Joseph of Arimathea & thereafter gets complicated. Legend has it that King Arthur & Queen Guinevere are buried here. We... More

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This was an interesting enough visit, but I think it is too expensive to get in. Still able to visualise what must have been there with the ruins, and there is a good replica of the kitchen areas. Legends abound here, did Joseph of Arimethea land here and did the thorn tree grow from his staff?, is thus King Arthur's... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

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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