Muchelney Abbey (English Heritage)
Muchelney, the atmospheric and once-remote 'great island' amid the Somerset Levels, has many rewards for visitors. Beside the clearly laid out foundations of the wealthy medieval Benedictine abbey (and its Anglo-Saxon predecessor) stands a complete early Tudor house in miniature. Originally the abbots' lodgings, this charming building includes a magnificent great chamber with ornate fireplace, carved settle and stained glass
two rooms with time-faded walls painted to resemble cloth hangings
and a pair of kitchens with fine timber roof. Parts of the richly decorated cloister walk and refectory are incorporated, and nearby is the thatched two-storey monks' lavatory, unique in Britain.
Exhibitions illustrate monastic life with a fascinating collection of site finds, including decorated tiles and stonework. Much improved facilities for disabled visitors include a touch-screen tour of less accessible areas. Plant sales are available throughout the season.
Heritage site, Museum, Historic house or home, Sacred space
1Apr-30 Jun 10am-5pm daily / 1 Jul-31 Aug 10am-6pm daily / 1-30 Sep 10am-5pm daily / 1Oct-1 Nov 10am-4pm daily / Closed 2 Nov-31 Mar
- English Heritage
Visually Impaired Visitors: Large display of carved stones may be touched. NB Wall footings may be hazardous.
Dissolution drama - will Henry break the habit? Discovery Visit
A messenger arrives with startling news from the King. Will the abbey be closed? How will you prevent your treasure from being stolen? Understand the Dissolution by journeying back in time with the abbot who will share memories of being a monk and involve you in a true and dramatic story relating to the abbey.
Key Stage: 2
Subjects: History, Drama, Music
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
How to obtain
Please phone 0117 975 0720 to book - the Discovery Visit runs each week day in term time. Price £75 per group of up to 30 pupils.
Making Medieval Tiles Discovery Visit
Have fun learning how tiles were made in medieval times. Led by a professional artist, this workshop will help you investigate tiles in the abbey and use traditional methods and designs to create beautiful clay tiles to take back to school.
Duration: 2 hours
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, History, Drama, Literacy
How to obtain
Call 0117 975 0720 to arrange a 2 hour session, held every Monday and Wednesday during term time. Price £75 per group of up to 30 pupils. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19479 for more information.