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Glastonbury Abbey

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Glastonbury Abbey

Address/Location

Abbey Gatehouse
Magdalene Street
Glastonbury
Somerset
BA6 9EL

Contact

Tel: 01458 832267

Fax: 01458 836117

Glastonbury Abbey is connected with legend to a degree that is unparalleled by any other abbey in England. Since Medieval times it has held legendary status as the earliest Christian foundation in Britain linked to Joseph of Arimathea and the burial place of King Arthur.

 

The internationally renowned site attracts visitors from around the world for its history, heritage, myths and legends as well as for its spiritual enrichment and there has been a church on the site for at least 1500 years with evidence of even earlier occupation.

 

Glastonbury was the richest monastery in England at the end of the Saxon period and was second only to Westminster at the close of the middle ages.

 

Its Abbot lived in considerable splendour and wielded tremendous power with the main surviving example of this power and wealth to be found in the Abbot’s Kitchen, one of only three surviving medieval examples in the world.

 

It’s history is intertwined with English traditions; one of its Abbots – St Dunstan, wrote the Coronation words last used for the coronation of our present Queen Elizabeth II  and William Blake’s popular “Jerusalem” is said to be written about the story that a young Jesus, accompanied by Joseph of Arimathea, visited Glastonbury.

 

The Holy Thorn which grows at Glastonbury Abbey has become part of the legend of Joseph of Arimathea. According to the story when Joseph arrived in Britain he landed on the island of Avalon and climbed up Wearyall Hill, exhausted he thrust his staff into the ground and rested. By morning his staff had taken root and it grew into the miraculous thorn tree which flowers every Easter and Christmas.

 

In 1191 the monks told the world they had found the bodies of King Arthur and his Queen found on the south side of the Lady Chapel. On 19th April 1278 their remains were removed in the presence of King Edward 1 and Queen Eleanor to a black marble tomb within the abbey itself. The tomb survived until the dissolution of the abbey in 1539.

 

In 1536, during the 27th year of the reign of Henry VIII, there were over 800 monasteries, nunneries and friaries in Britain. By 1541 there were none and the last abbot of Glastonbury, Richard Whiting  was hung, drawn and quartered on Glastonbury Tor; a brutal end for a pious man.

 

Today it is a tranquil setting in which visitors can discover the stories behind Glastonbury Abbey with tours from costumed Living History presenters in the grounds; these tours are free but should be booked in advance for groups.

 

A packed events calendar brings theatre, concerts, exhibitions and workshops to the abbey grounds every year and the abbey’s spectacular Night at the Abbey has just been shortlisted for a national award. School and university groups can enjoy tailor-made itineraries and there are specific activities for families too.

 

An accredited museum showcases items from the abbey’s history and gives more information about the chronology of events, archaeological finds and gives an insight into monastic life. There are 36 acres of parkland to explore with a dedicated wildlife area as well as new plans to recreate a Medieval Kitchen Garden.

 

Groups are welcomed with a pre-booked meet and greet service available too and a special rate; driver and tour guide go free.

 

A full access statement is on the abbey’s website – http://www.glastonburyabbey.com – along with maps in 14 different languages.

 

Find us on Facebook /GlastonburyAbbeySomerset, follow us on Twitter @Glastonburyabbe or give us a call on 01458 832267.

We look forward to meeting you

 

Opening Times

2017 opening (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* Open daily throughout the year except Christmas Day.

January & February 9am-4pm

March-May 9am-6pm

June-August 9am-8pm

September-November 9am-5pm

December 9am-4pm

Last admission half an hour before closing time.

Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult day ticket£8.25 per ticket
Child 5-15yrs£4.95 per ticket
Concession£7.15 per ticket
Family£21.45 per ticket

*Admission with Voluntary Donation

The voluntary donation will help fund our vital conservation work. If you donate and are also a UK taxpayer you enable Glastonbury Abbey to reclaim the tax back on the whole amount paid as part of the Government's Gift Aid Scheme.

That's currently worth an extra 25p for every £1 you give which means your donation can be put towards crucial work which will help preserve Glastonbury Abbey for future generations.

To claim this Gift Aid, we just need 30 seconds more of your time. If you are a UK tax payer, by filling in a form you can make a big difference to the future of this historic site at no further cost to yourself.

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