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Glastonbury Abbey

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Address: Magdalene Street | Somerset, Glastonbury BA6 9EL, England
Phone Number: +44 1458 832267
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Description: A hidden jewel in the heart of Somerset, Glastonbury Abbey is...
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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Just a really nice place to hang out for an hour or two on a sunny day. The remnants of the Abbey are quite awesome, and the grounds are just gorgeous. If it's a nice day, it be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Just a really nice place to hang out for an hour or two on a sunny day. The remnants of the Abbey are quite awesome, and the grounds are just gorgeous. If it's a nice day, it be worth taking a picnic lunch. Some slightly quirky touches, like the display in the old kitchen.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The abbey must have been impressive in it's hey day but requires a lot of imagination. As a former archaeology student, my advice is - keep your money. Have a look over the gate in the town. Badly labelled and poor value. Try Tintern - much more impressive.

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

We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your visit to the abbey. We are only able to open to the public and conserve the ruins thanks to visitor income and fundraising. Conservation projects have been our most urgent priority which we have now completed; we are now working on projects to improve our signage and information. We hope... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Excellent place to visit, especially on a fine day, there is an excellent little cafe in the grounds. This really needs expanding, but mainly to give the staff more room to work! Right in the centre of town.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Enjoyed the tour and visiting the Abbey. The honey and ginger ice cream was lovely as well. All the staff were really friendly and eager to answer any questions

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Burnley, United Kingdom
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Really like visiting Glastonbury Abbey. Very interesting to see the ruins and the grounds are well maintained. Worth spending at least half a day here and maybe taking a picnic on a nice day to soak in the atmosphere.

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Haslemere, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Glastonbury is a magical place even in February. The abbey does not disappoint. Each part is well maintained and has information posted to enhance the visit. Highly recommended.

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Set in the centre of town this place is well worth a visit. The town itself is full of hippie types and has shops to match. I live not too far from here and all my friends when visiting want to go and are never disappointed.

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We happened to visit during a medieval festival so the kids (9, 11) had loads of fun. It seems to be a great property with lots of interesting history. We've seen lots of abbeys (from Whitby and Rievaulx to Lindisfarne and now this one) and they all have their interesting place in history. If nothing is going on, kids may... More 

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London
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I hadn't previously realised the historical importance of this site but the guide really brought it home. What an enthusiastic, knowledgeable person, he really brought the place to life for us, right down to the incredible fact of the monks' communal underpants! He happily answered all our questions. However I felt the entrance fee was rather expensive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I have only visited the Abbey when there has been an event on, it makes an amazing back drop for any historical occasion. At these times it has always been very busy so not easy for photo opportunities unless you don't mind people in them. There is a lot of history to this place and I hear that the guided... More 

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