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Glastonbury Abbey

Abbey Gatehouse
Magdalene Street

The Abbey is set in 36 acres of beautifully peaceful parkland in the centre of the ancient market town of Glastonbury. It is traditionally the first Christian Sanctuary in Great Britain, visited so legend has it, by Joseph of Arimathea and Saints David and Patrick.

Many believe that the Holy Thorn tree can be seen in the grounds originated from Joseph of Arimathea's staff and others are convinced that King Arthur was buried in the Abbey beside his lovely wife Queen Guinevere. Whatever one believes the facts are that the ruins are unique, the grounds provide a spot of peace and tranquillity in an otherwise hectic world, and if the weather is poor there is the new Visitors Centre with its award winning Museum which includes a model of the Abbey as it might have looked in 1539, together with a Display of the Town, a Children's Display and the magnificent 16th century Othery Cope.

From March to October we have various actors playing the part of characters from the Abbey's past, who will explain how the monks their retainers, guesta and pilgrims, lived and ate in ancient times - all at no extra charge.

  • Suitability: For all groups of all ages

  • Disabled: wheelchair access to 95% of the complex, Modern disabled toilet available

  • Time to allow: One to two hours

  • Facilities: Toilets, nappy changing. Gift shop, Audio Guides (in English, French German, Italian & Spanish). Guide Books (in English, French & German). Audio Guide for visually impaired (English only).

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  • Directions

    M5 J23 take the A39;
    A303 take B3151 north;
    Bristol and Bath, take A37/A39 south.

    Glastonbury Abbey Postcode for SatNav: BA6 9EL


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