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Glastonbury Abbey

LOCALITY: Glastonbury, Somerset
DISTANCE: Less than 1 mile (1.61km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs, Toilets, Cafe

GRADIENT: Mostly flat
OS MAP: Cheddar Gorge & Mendip Hills West

Walk description:

The entrance to Glastonbury Abbey is in Magdalene Street, in the centre of Glastonbury. There is a public car park adjacent to the abbey entrance, accessed from Magdalene Street. Glastonbury Abbey is easily reached by bus from some other Sometset towns and villages, including Bridgwater, Somerton, Street, Wells and Yeovil.

The remains of Glastonbury Abbey are surrounded by 32 acres of beautiful parkland. There are large areas of open grassland with specimen trees. There are also two large ponds, a herb garden, an orchard area and a wildlife area with a badger sett.

From the entrance hall, pass the chapel and go through the arch. There is a Glastonbury Thorn tree to your right. Follow the main path gently uphill with the abbey ruins on your right. At the top of the slope the main path bears right. You may wish to enter the wildlife area to the left of the main path, although this can be slippery when wet. The main path then weaves its way gently downhill again, passing near the two ponds and the herb garden before reaching the Abbot's Kitchen, and then returning to the main ruins and entrance hall/museum building.

Additional notes:

Instead of paying an entrance fee each time you visit Glastonbury Abbey, it can be far more economical to buy an annual "Associate Ticket", which entitles you to visit the Abbey as often as you wish during a calendar year. Year 2008 prices for an annual "Associate Ticket" were £19 per adult, £12.50 per child aged 6 or over, free for younger children.

Glastonbury Abbey is normally open every day except Christmas Day. Opening hours vary according to season, with 10:00am to 4:30pm as a winter minimum.

There is an open-air cafe within the abbey grounds during the summer months, although it is not always open when the grounds are open. Alternatively, take a picnic with you to enjoy on one of the many seats throughout the grounds.

Dogs are allowed in the grounds, but be prepared to clear up any mess.

There are toilets with changing facilities within the abbey grounds.

The grounds are surrounded by high walls, fences and hedges, and the only access is via the entrance hall, therefore this is probably one of the safest walks for a mother and buggy unaccompanied by other adults.

01/01/2009 | Walk posted by Geoffrey Bathe

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