Things to see and do - Glastonbury
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The abbey is most probably Saxon in origin and is thought to date back to the 7C. It was rebuilt, extended and burned down, then restored in the 12C. The abbey had seigneurial rights and vast estates when it fell victim to Dissolution in 1539. After ..
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The tower of St John the Baptist's Church (15 C), which is 41 m high, is one of the finest in Somerset with its cross of openwork pinnacles (St Katherine's Chapel inside is a remainder of the 12C building).
Museums and art
The museum illustrates the daily life of a 19C Somerset farm: the masterpiece is the 14C barn from the abbey, with its fine masonry and splendid roof.
Nature and gardens
At 159 m high, this hillock is a landmark for miles around. The tower at the top is the unique survivor of St Michael's Church, built in the 14C. The view looks across the Quantocks, the Bristol Canal and the Mendips.
Architecture, castles and historic districts
One of the main roads, Magdalene Street, is lined with pretty 17-19C houses; the other, High Street, is dominated by the George and Pilgrims Hotel (15C) and the abbey tribunal (14C), that was once part of the abbey. At the junction of the two stands ..