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“A ruin with a story” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey
Magdalene Street | Somerset, Glastonbury BA6 9EL, England
+44 1458 832267
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Glastonbury
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Mysterious Sites, Cultural
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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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“A ruin with a story”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We enjoyed the peace and sense of history this place evoked. We thought we'd spend an hour but ended up staying nearly two hours.

Visited April 2014
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“really nice visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

the abbey is a lovely place to visit. a highlight for me was the kitchen - 2 actresses who stay in character -alice and isabelle (if that is their real names!) were really good fun and full of great knowledge on the workings of a medieval kitchen!

Visited April 2014
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“Just fantastic. ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

fantastic kept grounds beautiful ponds wich are teeming with fish. Always take some bread as you will be able to feed them also the many ducks. Especially great in summer months when you can kick back and relax getting your tan on while you soak up the amazing ruins which seem to sprout out of the groud like concrete archd bushes.

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“Beautiful remains”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Worth a visit, the grounds are lovely to have a walk around. Quite interesting to learn the history.

Visited March 2014
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“Steeped in history & spirituality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

If you visit Somerset, one of the places not to miss on a dry day is Glastonbury Abbey. There has been a religious settlement there for over a thousand years and there is a tradition that Jesus visited the area with his 'uncle', Joseph of Arimathea and even built a chapel dedicated to his mother. The purported graves of Arthur and Guinevere are also in the Abbey.
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The architecture which survives following the removal of stones by local people after the1539 dissolution of the monestaries shows what a magnificent building this huge abbey once was and the information centre tells the story in a lot of detail.

Even if you're not interested in the historical facts, the abbey and its grounds are a peaceful and beautiful spot to wander and spend a restul couple of hours. There is no cafe, but there are ample in the town close by (Hundred Monkeys on the Hihgn Street is particularly recommended)

Visited March 2014
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