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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Loved our day out in Glastonbury. The history of the Abbey and the views form the tor. Couldn't more highly recommend a day out west.

Thank BigDawgBristol
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Set in 36 acres of fine parkland with a cider orchard. two ponds, a wildlife area and seasonal flower displays, this is England's cradle of Christianity; providing sanctuary, tranquility, history and heritage in one special place.
Any questions? There are many "in-character" guides who will help but watch out for the lady in the red cloak - she's looking for a husband!

Thank Utnapishtim
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Very well presented history bit when you enter, then the Abbey itself is awesome.The mix of history & atmosphere here is great, & the little shop was good too

Thank gypsy064
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

A second visit for me to this beautiful site, as I'd enjoyed it so much the first time.

The visible ruins of the Benedictine monastery are spectacular, but unlike many other monastic sites, it has a history going back much earlier, right back to the days of Avalon.

The abbey ruins make for great photographs, both panoramic and in detail - there is beautiful tracery on some of the stonework. It is, however, a popular site, so quite difficult to get shots uninterrupted by fellow visitors - if photography is your main reason for visiting and you have the freedom to do so, go at time that's likely to be less popular.

Disappointingly, the Abbot's Kitchen was closed on this visit - I'd seen it before and really enjoyed it. It's the only surviving example of its kind in England, so I would suggest phoning to check it's open if it's something you particularly want to see.

It's a great place for a picnic; and there's also a nice summer café selling sandwiches, ice cream and light snacks; lovely to eat al fresco in the Abbey grounds.

Activities and events abound - on the day I visited, there was an interesting display of hunting birds, and the leaflet listed many more things happening over the peak season; again, something worth checking before you go.

Lots of 'alternative' shops in the town; New Age, Wiccan and Goth items aplenty, reflecting the diverse spirituality attached to Glastonbury. The Tor is another site to visit nearby.

A big plus point -Glastonbury Abbey is one of the most dog-friendly sites I have *ever* visited - dogs are allowed on leads throughout, even into the museum; there's a a regularly topped up dog bowl by the chapel, ample dog bins and even free poo-bags offered at reception. On a previous visit, it hammered down with rain as we left, and the people in the gift shop kindly urged my party to bring my dog inside rather than taking turns to look after him while we went in to browse - so, top marks for doggy-welcoming - let's hope future visitors exercise courtesy and consideration with their dogs to allow this nice atmosphere to continue.

Overall - such a wealth of history and diverse spiritual associations, there's something to interest everyone here; and a nice change for dog-owners to feel their smallest pack member is welcomed rather than merely tolerated!

Thank Malentaheloyse
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

I went with a group of Australian youth cricketers plus parents and coaches. We were made to feel very welcome, staff cheerful and informative. Good interpretation - models, panels etc and lots of open space to appreciate the scale of the Abbey. The 'Living History' guided tour by a volunteer in costume was just right - brought the abbey to life and was a good way to learn about what happened and why. Unlikely to hold the attention of teenagers and younger children for too long, but open space compensates. Nevertheless a fascinating destination for discerning adults.

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