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“Peaceful place steeped in history”
Review of Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey
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Glastonbury and Cheddar Gorge Day Trip from London
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Full-Day Tour of Glastonbury
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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.
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“Peaceful place steeped in history”
Reviewed 17 June 2014 via mobile

What a stunning place. The staff are so helpful. The guide Alice on the tour was brilliant. Made the abbey more real like we were there as it was in its hey day. The tour is Definitely worth doing!!

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“gorgeous open space should be available to its local people”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

lived in the area for many years and finally visitied the abbey for the first time last year.
im amazed at the grounds this gorgeous abbey sits within and even more amazed that its hidden away and not available to the local people.
the grounds are huge, beautiful, and in my opinion should be full of local people, playing children, picnics by the lake, reading on a blanket, strolling with their dogs etc.
i wasnt aware of the size of the grounds, 2 lakes tucked away behind those high walls.
I would spend many an hour relaxing and enjoying the space but cant due to the high ticket cost to access the abbey and the grounds.
im sure the ticket price reflects the maintenance costs its just a shame there isnt some access for local residents
well worth the visit tho.
beautiful place

Visited November 2013
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Wendy B, Communications Officer at Glastonbury Abbey, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Thank you for your comments. You are right the ticket price does reflect the maintenance costs as the abbey does not receive public funding nor cash from heritage bodies. We do hold events which are either free to enter or for a nominal fee throughout the year in order to make it as accessible as we can to all. Our membership rates start at less than 12p a day for an adult giving unlimited annual access and there are also family memberships available.
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Devon, United Kingdom
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“Peaceful”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

A very peaceful, tranquil place to sit, observe and think. A photographers dream. There were several visitors but it didn't spoil the visit, everyone being very respectful of the surroundings

Visited June 2014
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Feltham, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit despite the renovations”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

There are a lot of renovations going on at the momement, but even though there was scaffolding up on the main abbey when we were there, it is a super place to visit, you don't realise how big the lovely, well kept grounds are until you go through the entrance. Dogs are allowed on leads, and there is a very nice café with a small covered seating area. The car park for the abbey is quite small but we managed to park even though we visited on Market day. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

Visited June 2014
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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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“Awesome.”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Glastonbury Abbey is awe inspiring to me and my husband. I had no idea that the (apparent) graves of Arthur and Guinevere were here. A big part of the pleasure of the visit for my husband was to see one of the Glastonbury thorns, as we didn't make it to the original this time. There is an entry fee (we paid £6 each) but as long as you keep your ticket you can come and go all day.
The staff on our visit were very friendly and pleasant, and the lady on the desk even recognised us immediately when we went back in. Impressive as she must have seen hundreds of people that day (unless we look a little peculiar of course!) Well worth a visit.

Visited June 2014
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