Welcome to Glastonbury Abbey. We host school parties of all ages and many nationalities to visit us throughout the year. The buildings of the Abbey span 2000 years of history and within our grounds is the burial place of the legendary King Arthur. Glastonbury Abbey is believed to be one of the first Christian settlements in Britain. It was the last Abbey in Somerset to be destroyed at the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The central towers still remain, as does the 14th century Abbot's kitchen. This is now used as a theatre for our team of Living History interpreters and houses an interactive display showing how a medieval kitchen might have been equipped.
Why are Glastonbury Abbey great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
We offer a range of educational opportunities for school students of all ages. There is a Visitor Centre displaying the major artefacts found on the site, arranged to show a progression of the development and decline of the Abbey. We also have a large enclosed park, with a fish pond, duck pond and orchard as well as a wildlife walk.
A day spent at the Abbey as part of a school journey or day trip, can have many cross-curricular applications.
We are proud of our team of Living History interpreters who work from March to October, giving talks in the 14th Century Abbot's Kitchen on the life and times of the Abbey and tours of the grounds. These can be adapted to all ages of students and most periods of early British History or local studies. The interior of the Abbot's kitchen is fitted out as a Tudor kitchen might have been with displays of food, herbs and spices, a roasting spit and cooking utensils.
The Education team can arrange to take booked groups around the site, or you are welcome to bring your own group leaders.
Is there first aid on site?
A First Aid kit is kept at the ticket office
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
There is wheelchair access to 95% of the whole complex. A modern toilet for the disabled is available.
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