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“Peaceful and interesting”
Review of Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey
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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.
Reviewed 15 July 2014

Peaceful , beautiful and spacious grounds. The Abbey ruins are picturesque and worth having a wander round. There is a King Arthur connection as legend has it that he and Guinevere were buried at the Abbey - a plaque on the ground marks the spot.
Nice to relax on a bench and soak up the tranquility.
There is a herb garden, two ponds, a cider orchard and a wildlife area. Inside is a small but interesting museum of artifacts.
We visited late afternoon and unfortunately our time was limited. According to it's website the Abbey closes at 8pm in July. But when we arrived we were informed that the Abbey was closing early due to a private function taking place. Just our bad luck. No concession was made to the ticket price and I was charged £11 (£7 for me, £4 for my daughter}. Although I appreciate ticket revenue supports the upkeep and renovations i thought this was a bit steep for a visit which could only be for about 1 hour. Also adult ticket price is £6 or £7 with a voluntary Gift Aid donation. Well no-one asked me about Gift Aid and as a non tax payer I couldn;t oblige anyway yet I was automatically charged £7 by the lady at ticket desk. That puzzles me.
But we did enjoy our short visit and think the Abbey grounds would be a lovely place to take a picnic and while away a few hours on a sunny day.

There is no car park (we used pay & display nearby). There was a small outdoor cafe (didn;t use it) and of course outside the ticket office there is a well stocked gift shop.

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Reviewed 15 July 2014

The site is well organised with an indoor display followed by a numbered map of the grounds. The staff were all friendly and there is a cafe on site offering locally obtained foods and beverages. The grounds are big enough tat you can walk around and relax while taking in the site.

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Reviewed 14 July 2014

We went around the Abbey ruins with one of the living history guides which made our visit even better. She was well informed and able to answer our questions about the Abbey and King Arthur. If you like history well worth going along too it isn't just about religion! Disappointed with Glastonbury too many alternative shops to be alternative :)

Thank Gabbie T
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

My wife and I travelled from Belfast through England on a touring holiday to Glastonbury to visit historic attractions. We specifically wished to visit King Arthur’s supposedly resting place as a highlight of the tour -having a keen interest in this historical legend.
We checked the opening hours on the Abbey’s website and arrived in good time in the afternoon intending to spend some time there and absorb the atmosphere.
How disappointed we were to find not only was the abbey closed due to a ’private’ function but to be treated in a blasé fashion by a well dressed official carrying a box of wine to tell us to call tomorrow. Even though we explained we had travelled so far this smug and rather uncaring gentleman seemed to show little interest and found it rather amusing we would be en route to Belfast the following day and would be unable to return the following day.
We were more than prepared to give a donation to the abbey even for a few minutes to see what we had come so far to visit only a few meters behind a large locked wooden gate – however we left feeling very disappointed. It’s rather laughable the website explains that the abbey is dependent on donations and suggests supporters pay donations in a format to reduce tax to they can recuperate more income. It seems this organisation is doing rather well and was happy enough to lose payment from us as well as others we saw trying to gain entry. We will return to Glastonbury again to visit many other attractions in the area but the abbey will not be somewhere we will visit and the entrance fee money will stay safely in my pocket. Awful experience!

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Wendy B, Public Relations Manager at Glastonbury Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2014

We are really sorry to hear about your experience; it certainly isn't the norm. We would be grateful if you would be kind enough to contact us direct at info@glastonburyabbey.com.

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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Visited on a whim and it was the best choice we made on our weekend break in Somerset. Walking round the site, you come over with a sort of peacefulness that is hard to explain. The site is immaculately kept and very beautiful. However the highlight was the free guided tour. Led by Alice, in full Tudor peasant garb, she gave a fascinating and amusing story of abbey and really brought it to life. She also engaged her audience and we each hung off her every word. Cannot recommend this place highly enough, but remember this is still an active place of worship so be aware that you may need to give space to others in certain areas. Take a picnic and enjoy!

Thank Keely1986
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