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Abbey House

Quiet Days & Retreats for all faiths and paths
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The House

The House is set in 4 acres of magnificent gardens located to the North East side of Glastonbury Abbey. We have 26 bedrooms, including 2 double ensuite, 1 family room, 5 twin, and 18 single, and can accommodate up to 36 people. In addition to the bedrooms, we also have 4 reception rooms, the largest of which can comfortably seat 60 people, and facilities include hearing loops, flipcharts, projector & screen, TV, DVD, and CD player. The house is also fully licensed, and we enjoy catering for a wide range of diets.

Gardens & Bees

The gardens are very special, with an unusually wide range of trees and shrubs including a Fortingall Yew which was cloned from the oldest tree in Europe, and the Lebanon Cedar which holds a swing seat! The Prayer Walk will take you along an all-weather path around the perimeter with places to sit, pray and reflect. We also have our own bee hives, and produce our very own Abbey House Honey which is available to purchase.


The main rooms of Abbey House look straight down the ruined nave of Glastonbury Abbey, which was built on the most ancient Christian site in England, and for hundreds of years was a religious house famous throughout England and Europe. At the dissolution of the monasteries, with the great Abbot Whiting executed, and bereft of its monks, the Abbey became no more than a piece of secular property and a convenient source of building stone for the neighbourhood. Some of the stone in the cellar chapel actually comes from the Abbey!
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As well as the Abbey House Honey, we also have a selection of books for sale including Christian and Spiritual guidance, and a range of cards, prints and gifts.

Local Information

Glastonbury is well known as a centre for Christian spirituality, and places of interest include the ancient Abbey, St Margaret’s Chapel and Royal Magdalene Almshouses, St Benedict’s and St John’s churches, Glastonbury United Reform church, Glastonbury Methodist church, Grace Community church, and The Church of our Lady St Mary.

Chalice Well is a World Peace Garden, and the Glastonbury Tor offers spectacular views across the county.

The town itself offers facilities such as Tourist Information, Post Office, local markets, and wide range of high street shops.

More information can be found here or take a look at our links page.

Read what our visitors have to say ...

“We normally teach our courses in urban London - but we felt that this was not the ideal environment for a retreat. We are so pleased to have found the perfect place: The beautiful Abbey House, surrounded by magnificent grounds and overlooking the ruins of England’s first Christian church. One of the most peaceful places imaginable...”

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