About Glastonbury Abbey
Glastonbury Abbey is a registered charity (number 1129263) and a company (number 06873912) limited by guarantee with visitor income and donations the only source of income.
In 1907 the ruins and neighbouring Abbey House were sold at public auction and the whole property was bought by Ernest Jardine from Nottingham who offered it to the Church of England at cost price. The funds were raised by 1909 and on June 22 that year the Prince and Princess of Wales visited to celebrate the restoration of the abbey to the Church of England.
The charity preserves the fabric and grounds of Glastonbury Abbey ruins, provides education in the abbey's religious and historic importance for the public benefit and uses the abbey to advance religion in accordance with the doctrines of the Church of England. The abbey is a scheduled ancient monument and listed building of national importance. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic the ruins, grounds and accredited museum were open to the public for 364 days a year. Due to the effects of the pandemic the abbey is operating a reduced opening hours schedule which will be assessed as the effects of the pandemic subside.
The abbey welcomes around 100,000 visitors each year from across the United Kingdom and the world. The popular membership scheme gives local and regular visitors the opportunity to enjoy the abbey for a cost of less than £1 per week while also supporting the abbey via the annual membership fee.
The abbey offers an excellent programme of learning activities and visit based experiences for schools across the UK and Europe. This has been curtailed by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic but we hope to be welcoming schools back to the abbey soon.
Each year Glastonbury Abbey offers a programme of diverse events from wildlife walks to large concerts and open air theatre. Since 2018 the abbey team has won four awards: two at the National Outdoor Events Association (Best New Event - 2018 & Event Manager of the Year - 2019) and two Silver awards in the Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards tourism event of the year category in 2019-20 (Medieval Fayre with Steamhorse Productions) and 2020-21 (Night at the Abbey.
This website has been developed with the use of public funds made available to Glastonbury Abbey via the award of a Culture Recovery Fund grant administered by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport and the National Lottery Fund.
The abbey is governed by a board of trustees.
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