“The Abbey continues to provide a very enjoyable visitor experience. The grounds are very well tended and a credit to the team.” - VisitEngland Assessor
Glastonbury Abbey is connected with legend to a degree that is unparalleled by any other abbey in England. Since Medieval times, it has held legendary status as the earliest Christian foundation in Britain linked to Joseph of Arimathea and the burial place of King Arthur. Today, it is a tranquil setting in which visitors can discover the stories behind Glastonbury Abbey, a packed events calendar brings theatre, concerts, exhibitions and workshops to the abbey grounds every year. It offers special learning packages and offer dining events at Abbey House. The museum showcases items from the abbey’s history plus there’s 36 acres of grounds to explore.
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Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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