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“Peaceful Avalon”
Review of Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey
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Glastonbury and Cheddar Gorge Day Trip from London
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$124.50*
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Full-Day Tour of Glastonbury
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$182.17*
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Small-Group Day Trip to Stonehenge, Glastonbury, and Winchester from London
Ranked #3 of 37 things to do in Glastonbury
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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.
Bath UK
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“Peaceful Avalon”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

Ageless tranquility in the heart of a pretty town. When it's sunny, a great place to read a book or picnic on the grass and soak up the atmosphere. Look out for the archway which appears to be of petrified wood, but it actually a whale jawbone.

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Wilmington, Vermont
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“Very Interesting”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

On a cold day in March the Abbey is very thought porovoking what a shame we lost these beautiful structures.

Visited March 2013
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Foulridge, United Kingdom
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“Very interesting and beautiful”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

Been twice not to Glastonbury Abbey. There is an entry fee however its not too expensive. The grounds are well kept and staff are friendly and knowledgeable. There are sign posts around and if you buy the tour book guide it does provide good information about the history of the site. It is a beautiful place and worth a visit

Visited September 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“amazing”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

Gladly paid £6 to visit this place ! The grounds are extensive, sign posted clearly, the ruins looked after meticulously and there is even an information centre with children's descriptions . I enjoyed my day there thoroughly and photography is freely permitted. The place is simply beautiful

Visited April 2013
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Wiltshire
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“Fascinating, recommended.”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

The entrance fee includes a free guide so a jovial dark-cloaked (with trainers peeping out of the hem) Benedictine 'monk' took us round the ruins; these visits are always better if you have guide. The abbey was enormous - bigger than Winchester Cathedral yet was for only about 60 monks. The domestic buildings have disappeared - only their footings visible. But the abbots kitchen/diner remains intact - I think of it as a kind of NT coffee shop for visiting pilgrims. In the right season there is a pleasant outdoor cafe and many opportunities to picnic in the grounds.
Despite having the richest endowment in England, after the abbey burned down the monastery was bankrupt; they decided to look for the tomb of King Arthur - and found two bodies, the long blonde hair of the shorter one (Genevieve?) disappeared when touched - very convenient! But anyway it placed Glastonbury Abbey on the pilgrim trail and their fortune was made. The museum is also very good; tells the story well. But what is not told is the suffering of the local peasants who had to pay both for the building of the abbey and the abbots grand lifestyle. At the Reformation, the abbot refused to surrender the abbey to Henry eighth and so was hung on the Tor.

Visited April 2013
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