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Review of Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey
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Ranked #3 of 35 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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“Worth the visit.”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Glastonbury Abbey was stunning. The ground and ruins were amazing. A quiet, serene place. We were lucky that there was a calligraphy exhibit in the entry hall. A great stop on our trip.

Visited July 2014
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Tranquil ruins and authentic museum”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

If you visit the museum (near the ticket office) before walking the gounds, you'll see a replica of the abbey in its heyday in 1539 as well as exhibits of what life was like at the abbey then. Afterwards as you walk the grounds and see the chapels, church and ruins, you can see beyond the remnants and get a fuller picture of this magnifiicent abbey. The Abbots' Kitchen, with more exhibits, shows what a bustling place this was. Take the time to contemplate as you sit on one of the benches and absorb the quietude of nature and the memorable hhistory.

Visited June 2014
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Silverthorne, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2014

We took the tour which was great. It was a nice sunny day and it was a great spot to wander around and give the kids some freedom to stretch their legs. We had a cold drink at the cafe and sat on the benches. It was peaceful and tranquil.

Visited June 2014
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Worth the visit.”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

We happened to visit right at the time an Anglican Church service with a boatload of bishops was starting. So we enjoyed seeing their procession into the open air worship space which, in spite of the ruins, are quite majestic. Interesting grounds with an old kitchen, herb garden, and building ruins.

Visited June 2014
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“Peaceful and interesting”
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.

Visited July 2014
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