Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey
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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 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 café, costumed guides, accredited museum and gift shop.
Events held all year - check the website for further information.

Venue Type:

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

The Gift Aid Admission price is £7.60 adult, £6.60 concession, £4.75 child five to 15, £19.60 family.
Groups £5.90 each with one free for every 10.

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.

Night at the Abbey

  • 9 September 2016 5:45-10pm

Our annual spectacle of light, music and colour in the abbey grounds. The ruins are illuminated with coloured lights as local musicians perform in areas across the site

Admission

Adult £5, child £2, season ticket holder £3 and family (2a 3c) £12

Website

http://www.glastonburyabbeyshop.com

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.

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Rain or Shine Theatre Company

  • 15 June 2016 6:30-10pm

Following a highly popular rendition of The Tempest in 2015, Rain or Shine return with A Midsummer Night's Dream, arguably one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. An imaginative tale of confused love, mischievous fairies and a man with a donkey's head which will give this highly talented company plenty of material to make it a memorable night.

Gates open at 6.30pm with the performance at 7.30pm.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £13, Child £6, Concession £11 and family (2a 2c) £32
Booking fee applies.
Call 01458 832267

Website

http://www.glastonburyabbeyshop.com

Much Ado About Nothing - Castle Theatre Company

  • 18 July 2016 6-10pm

Touring from the University of Durham, Castle Theatre Company presents one of Shakespeare’s greatest, timeless comedies - Much Ado About Nothing.

Centred on two pairs of feuding lovers, the play explores gossip, deception and the never ending search for love.

Gates open 6pm, performance 7pm.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £12 Concession £10
Booking fee applies

Website

http://www.glastonburyabbeyshop.com

The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval Music

  • 22 July 2016 6-10pm

The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval Music is a unique and exciting collaborative project between medieval ensemble The Artisans and historian, writer and BBC TV presenter, Dr Ian Mortimer (of the Time Traveller's Guide series).

This candlelit show will take you on a captivating, multi sensory tour of Medieval England and France via Old English carols, songs from Troubadours and Trouveres, as well as foot stomping dance tunes. Ian Mortimer will have audiences on the edge of their seats as he brings to life historical tales of love, loss, adventure, war and celebrations. The 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt will also be marked with a rendition of the famous Agincourt Carol.

Gates open 6pm, performance 7pm

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£15pp - booking fee applies

Website

http://www.glastonburyabbeyshop.com

Eboracum Baroque - Henry Purcell's King Arthur

  • 30 July 2016 6-10pm

Eboracum Baroque's new production of Purcell’s semi-opera, King Arthur. In this semi-staged performance, hear some of Henry Purcell’s greatest music sung and performed by some of the top young professional singers and instrumentalists in the UK. The performance will be given on period instruments in order to recreate the sound of the Baroque era. The audience will guided through the opera in what will be an evening for all the family. Come and hear the famous tale of King Arthur complete with singing British warriors and magical spirits.

Gates open 6pm, performance 7pm

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£15pp
Student/child £5
Booking fee applies

Website

http://www.glastonburyabbeyshop.com

Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza

  • 6 August 2016 5-10:30pm

The 2016 spectacular, complete with traditional firework display, will be the 20th Extravaganza to be held in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey.

Celtic legend Van Morrison will headline the 20th Anniversary Abbey Extravaganza on Saturday August 6th, one of only a handful of dates the singer will be playing in the UK this year.

Jamie Cullum will be special guest.
Advance prices are staying the same as 2015 with adults £35 and £20 for a child aged six to 16. On the gate prices will be £40 adult and £25 for a child. Accompanied children aged five and under do not require a ticket. Booking and postage fees apply.

To buy tickets www.glastonburyabbey.com/extravaganza

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Advance prices are staying the same as 2015 with adults £35 and £20 for a child aged six to 16. On the gate prices will be £40 adult and £25 for a child. Accompanied children aged five and under do not require a ticket. Booking and postage fees apply

Website

http://www.glastonburyabbey.com/extravaganza

Wind in the Willows - IK Productions

  • 20 August 2016 6-9:30pm

Following their debut at the abbey with a Rip Roaring Summer Adventure in 2015, IK productions are returning with The Wind in the Willows, an open air theatrical production of Kenneth Graham's classic children's novel

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£10 adult, £8 concession/child
Booking fee applies

Website

http://www.glastonburyabbeyshop.com

Hamlet - Festival Players Theatre Company

  • 26 August 2016 6:30-10pm

The Festival Players have established themselves as one of our most popular touring Shakespeare companies and 2016 is set to be one of their best visits yet as they present Hamlet. An iconic play that needs no introduction, expect traditional costumes and a highly accomplished cast.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £14, Concession £12
Booking fee applies

Website

http://www.glastonburyabbeyshop.com

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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