Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey
The Abbey Gatehouse
Magdalene Street
Glastonbury
Somerset
BA6 9EL
England

Website

www.glastonburyabbey.com

E-mail

general enquiries

info@glastonburyAbbey.com

education services

education@glastonburyabbey.com

Telephone

general office

01458 832267

Education services

01458 836113

Fax

01458 836117

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Extensive ruins set in 36 acres of parkland in the centre of the town of Glastonbury. The Abbey is believed to be one of the earliest recorded Christian foundations in the land, and the burial place of King Arthur as well as three Saxon Kings. The legendary Glastonbury Thorn has made this a place of pilgrimage across the ages even after the last Abbot was hanged on the Tor after the dissolution of the Abbey. We have a fine Norman Lady Chapel and the remains of what was once one of the richest, largest and most influential abbeys in the country. We have a museum, gift shop and outdoor refreshments available on site in summer.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site, Sacred space, Museum, Heritage site, Archaeological site

Opening hours

November-February 09.00-16.00
March-May 09.00-18.00
June-August 09.00-20.00
September-October 09.00-1800

Last entry half an hour before closing

Closed only on Christmas day

Admission charges

Adults: £7.00
Children under 16: £4.00
Under fives: FREE
Over 60s/Students (with NUS card) £6.00
Parties of 10+ £6.00 per person (as of 1st January 2014)
Family ticket (2 adults + 3 children) £18.00
Education Rates: £4 Students under 16 £5 Students over 16 (1 teacher free with 10 children)

Memberships and Season Tickets are also avalible, please visit our website for more infomation

Additional info

From March to October we have a team of Living History guides on site offering tours through the ruins to talk about pilgrimage and our connections to King Arthur. We offer an extensive range of support materials for schools of all types and the study of Saxon, Norman and Tudor History as well as pilgrimage and monasticism. A range of practical activities for primary schools is also on offer with advance booking.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Coins and Medals

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

In the Potter's Hands

  • 11 October — 14 December 2014 *on now

Glastonbury Abbey is hosting work by 15 highly skilled potters, representing Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Somerset. In this fabulous show of contemporary ceramics each potter brings their own distinct style, whether making sculptural art pieces or functional pottery for the table or garden.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Exhibition is included as part of the normal admission costs.

Website

http://www.glastonburyabbey.com/events.php?sid=2abfe860401673b5348ad3240ba77e01

In the Potter's Hands Demonstration: Mike Mason

  • 25 October 2014 11am-1pm

This demonstration is part of a series of events linked with Glastonbury Abbey's current exhibition - In the Potter's Hands (Westcountry Potters Association Autumn Show).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission applies

Website

http://www.glastonburyabbey.com/events.php?sid=2abfe860401673b5348ad3240ba77e01

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

In the Potter's Hands Demonstration: Karen Edwards

  • 28 October 2014 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

This demonstration is part of a series of events linked with Glastonbury Abbey's current exhibition - In the Potter's Hands (Westcountry Potters Association Autumn Show).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission applies

Website

http://www.glastonburyabbey.com/events.php?sid=2abfe860401673b5348ad3240ba77e01

Abbot at the doorway

The Unfinished Doorway - Glastonbury Abbey's Big Draw Event

  • 29 October 2014 10am-3pm

The Abbot of Glastonbury is not best pleased. Everything was going so well with his new church and King Henry II was giving him lots of money to get the work done. That was until the King died and his son Richard took over who wanted to spend the money on other things. Now the Abbot has no money to pay the workmen and his master artist has laid down his tools and gone away, leaving the decoration above the South door incomplete.
Can you help the Abbot finish his doorway?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission applies

Website

http://www.glastonburyabbey.com/events.php?sid=2abfe860401673b5348ad3240ba77e01

In the Potter's Hands Demonstration: Karen Edwards

  • 30 October 2014 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

This demonstration is part of a series of events linked with Glastonbury Abbey's current exhibition - In the Potter's Hands (Westcountry Potters Association Autumn Show).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission applies

Website

http://www.glastonburyabbey.com/events.php?sid=2abfe860401673b5348ad3240ba77e01

In the Potter's Hands Demonstration: Jacky Duncan

  • 8 November 2014 11am-1pm

This demonstration is part of a series of events linked with Glastonbury Abbey's current exhibition - In the Potter's Hands (Westcountry Potters Association Autumn Show).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission applies.

Website

http://www.glastonburyabbey.com/events.php?sid=2abfe860401673b5348ad3240ba77e01

The Bluebirds Present the Christmas Mysteries at Glastonbury Abbey

  • 13 October — 13 December 2014 *on now
  • From 12 December 2014
  • From 13 December 2014

“The Christmas Mysteries is a family show with classical singing, a live band and live animals. It's a modern adaptation of the mystery plays based on the nativity. Expect a headstrong Mary, mad-cap shepherds, a bit of sheep-theft and plenty of lively humour. Come and meet the real live donkey and join in the story!”

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £12, Children £5, Family £30 (2 adults 2 children).
Tickets on sale now from Glastonbury Abbey shop.
This is a limited capacity event, so pre-ordering your tickets is advised.

Website

http://www.glastonburyabbey.com/events.php?sid=2abfe860401673b5348ad3240ba77e01

JOGLARESA - Merriment & Misrule

  • 14 December 2014 6:30-9pm

Turn your Christmas upside down with the lords and ladies of misrule - sparring fiddles, duelling percussion and soaring voices. The rebellious Joglaresa bring their sparkling subversion to Yuletide - amongst Mediaeval, Tudor and folk carols they perform medieval parodies celebrating wine and ale - Vinum bonum and Bring Us in Good Ale; songs from the C16th Piae Cantiones - Angelus emittitur and Personent hodie, and their very own version of The Bore's Heed in Hande Bear I.

The line-up:
Belinda Sykes - voice, bagpipes, percussion, director
May Robertson - voice, fiddle
Sianed Jones - voice, fiddle
Angela Hicks - voice, harp
Louise Morgan - percussion, voice

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15 per person.
Tickets on sale now from Glastonbury Abbey shop.
This is a limited capacity event, so pre-ordering your tickets is advised.

Website

http://www.glastonburyabbey.com/events.php?sid=2abfe860401673b5348ad3240ba77e01

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