Glastonbury Abbey is connected with legend to a degree that is unparalleled by any other abbey in England. Since Medieval times, the abbey has held legendary status as the earliest Christian foundation in Britain linked to Joseph of Arimathea and the burial place of King Arthur.
Where is Glastonbury Abbey located?
Glastonbury Abbey is located in the centre of Glastonbury town, at the bottom of the High Street, next to Glastonbury Town Hall.
Details on what activities are available at Glastonbury Abbey?
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. 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.
Things to do in the local area?
Glastonbury town has a wide range of events and attractions to visit throughout the year. The annual Glastonbury Festival takes place just a few miles outside of Glastonbury town and can be seen from another famous historic site - Glastonbury Tor. Live music can be found throughout the town every week in many of the local pubs, cafes, restaurants and bars, situated in a colourful and eclectic town centre.