Glastonbury Abbey : Michelin's recommendations
History and legend flourish around the abbey. The abbey is definitely Saxon in origin, and goes back to the 7C. Rebuilt, enlarged, burned down; it was restored in the 12C. The abbey had noble rights and vast estates when it fell victim to Dissolution in 1539. Legend has it that King Arthur and Queen Guinevere are buried in Glastonbury and their bodies were "discovered" in the cemetery in 1191. Scattered among the lawns, the ruins stand proudly in the middle of majestic trees. The Chapel of the Virgin Mary, made of Doulting stone, has a corner tower, decorative walls and some fine doors, the ones to the north covered in sculpted images of the Annunciation, the Three Kings and Herod. To the east of the impressive gothic columns of the transept stand the walls of the choir and, behind that, the Chapel of Edgar, a mausoleum for the Saxon Kings. The kitchen building (14C) is the only one that remains intact. The square building has an eight-sided roof and two octagonal towers for releasing smoke.
- Address : st. Magdalene GB - Glastonbury BA6 9ELBA6 9ELGlastonbury
- Phone : 01458 832267
- E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website : http://www.glastonburyabbey.com
Opening hours :
- Jun-Aug: 9am-8pm; Mar-May: 9am-6pm; Sep-Nov: 9am-5pm; Dec-Feb: 9am-4pm, last admission 30min before closing