Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset
Glastonbury Abbey is set in 36 beautifully peaceful acres of parkland in the centre of the ancient market town of Glastonbury, the historic and mythical Isle of Avalon, in the heart of rural Somerset.
Before the Reformation, The Abbey was once the most powerful in the land. Believed to be the site of the oldest Christian church in England, it is a site of spiritual significance and pilgrimage today. Rich in history, mystery and legends, the holy thorn tree in the Abbey grounds is believed to originate from St. Joseph of Arimathea’s staff. It also thought to be the resting place of three early English kings and the legendary Arthur and Guinevere.
Whatever you believe, this is a unique place with a special atmosphere. Romantic ruins, picturesque ponds and swathes of wildflowers punctuate sweeping parkland, and paths meander through centuries old cider orchards, all overlooked by that vast and enigmatic landmark, Glastonbury Tor. Steeped in history, this is the perfect place to let your imagination wander; an almost ethereal setting for some of the world’s most exquisite and inspiring music.
The grounds are largely wheelchair accessible. Further details at www.glastonburyabbey.com
Glastonbury Abbey has launched a major half a million pounds appeal to rescue its ancient ruins. The work will fund conservation work and enhance the visitor experience to the Abbey in the following areas: – The North Wall – the oldest standing part of the Abbey dating to the Norman period, The Lady Chapel, Crypt and Galilee, one of the finest Romanesque monuments in Britain and The Abbot’s Kitchen – an iconic building and a very rare survival in Europe of a medieval monastic kitchen. For more information visit www.glastonburyabbey.com/rescueourruins