Recommended Reviews for Glastonbury Abbey
2 reviews in English
Review from Heather E.
I absolutely love Glastonbury Abbey. Yes, yes, I am the geek that is obsessed with ruined abbeys, but this one, this one is just magnificent. I remember the first time I set eyes upon it. Just like in the pictures, there it stood. And there I stood, standing in awe. And every time after the first, I still stood there in awe. The grounds are gorgeous and you really should give yourself enough time to walk around and really enjoy them. Inside the visitor's center, you can see a model of what the abbey looked like and learn more about monastery life.
If the weather is a bit on the soggy side, you will want to make sure you have some decent footwear. If you decide to veer off the path and get up close to the ruins (which you should!) it can get a bit muddy. Hopefully the weather will be kind and you will even get some sun to enjoy the abbey. Morning sun offers some beautiful Kodak moments ;). Of course, if you are fascinated by Arthurian Legend, then you will find your fill here. Also, don't miss the little "trap doors" in the grass where you can see original bits of tile and flooring.
The staff are very friendly and on occasion you will see some of the staff dressed in costume, ready to lead tourists on tours. The staff have also been great about the bookings for my group and are always very accommodating. If you are in this area of the world, take a day in Glastonbury... wander the Abbey ruins, climb the Tor, and perhaps enjoy the healing waters of Chalice Well.
Review from Joe C.
The abbey at Glastonbury is certainly remarkable and well worth a visit. It's an interesting site because it was an insanely large and ornate compound, evidence of just how much effort went into construction of these kinds of buildings with pre-modern technology and also evidence of the tremendous wealth, power and influence the Church had on the area. (It doesn't take more than a visit or two to this kind of place to understand that a good-sized number medieval Christians really believed this stuff, and a lot of them willingly donated huge amounts of wealth and energy into constructing and maintaining these homages to God.) Sadly, the site has almost decayed too much; when all that's left is a column or two, or the floor of a structure, or just part of a wall, it's a little difficult to imagine what the place would have looked like in its heyday.
On the plus side, the spacious grounds make it exceptionally peaceful. It was the perfect way to take a break on a chaotic day and simply enjoy the wonderful grounds.
One tip: We traveled to the abbey after ascending the Tor, and while it was great to stumble into shops in the town itself as we passed along the north end of the abbey, it would have been way, way quicker to head to the entrance near the south side. So if you're looking for speed, come down off the Tor and stay on the south end.