Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury, Somerset, UK


Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, Somerset

Glastonbury Abbey is a ruined monastery situated in the town of Glastonbury in Somerset.

First founded in the 7th century and expanded in the 10th century, the Abbey was destroyed by fire in 1184 and subsequently rebuilt. It went onto become one of the richest and most powerful monasteries in medieval England. The last abbot, Richard Whiting, was executed as a traitor in 1539 following the dissolution of the monasteries during King Henry VIII’s reign.

Today the Abbey ruins are open to the public and are a popular tourist attraction due, amongst other things, to the association Glastonbury has with the Arthurian legend. Medieval monks promoted the idea that Glastonbury was the setting for Avalon and that King Arthur and Queen Guinevere could be buried here.

The Abbey and its grounds are open all year round, for details of events see

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