Glastonbury Abbey sits right at the heart of the historic market town, and it’s an iconic UK site that’s long been cloaked in myth and legend. With 36 quiet acres of parkland surrounding it, the abbey makes for a peaceful spot to spend time and explore the history that’s made the town famous, and as dogs are welcome throughout the grounds it’s also a nice place to enjoy a quiet walk.
To many, the romantic looking ruins mark the final resting place of the legendary King Arthur, and many make their way to the site because they believe the Holy Thorn tree originated from Joseph of Arimathea’s staff, but no matter what you believe about the sacredness of the area there’s one thing you can’t help but notice – it’s beautiful.
The onsite museum is home to a model of the abbey as it’s thought to have looked in 1539 and it offers a fascinating glimpse into what life way once like at the abbey when it bustled with life and activity. If you visit between March and October you’ll be greeted by the costumed guides who tell visitors all about what life was like for the medieval residents of the town, and the Badger Boardwalk makes a unique attraction for visitors throughout the year.
The Holy Thorn is thought to have descended from the original tree and it flowers throughout Easter and the Christmas period each year.