Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Glastonbury Abbey, The Abbey Gatehouse, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9EL

Contact: 01458 836113

Website: http://www.glastonburyabbey.com/

Description

We offer a range of services themed around our core educational offer, linked to the periods of British History when the Abbey became powerful. These can be adapted to different ages of students, different nationalities, and different ability levels.

We offer a packed day around your particular requirement, including two activities which enrich your pupils learning and are included in the admission price and you may request worksheets or trails to be printed ready for your group when they arrive. Your group will also have the opportunity to enhance their learning by exploring the ruins and history of the site alongside one of our costumed guides.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

We offer a range of services themed around our core educational offer, linked to the periods of British History when the Abbey became powerful. These can be adapted to different ages of students, different nationalities, and different ability levels.

We offer a packed day around your particular requirement, including two activities which enrich your pupils learning and are included in the admission price and you may request worksheets or trails to be printed ready for your group when they arrive. Your group will also have the opportunity to enhance their learning by exploring the ruins and history of the site alongside one of our costumed guides.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

The Education Officer at the Abbey offers a full planning service for your day at the Abbey with agreed timetables and risk assessment. Our full offer can be found on our website http://www.glastonburyabbey.com/education . A teacher’s pack is available on request with background information on classroom links to our core curriculum.

We offer a free orientation visit and discuss how we can tailor the day to suit the needs of your group. Our activities are designed to enrich your pupil’s day and are accessible to all abilities.
We are also able to offer a day for OCR controlled assessment, allowing Year 11 pupils to look at a local study focus and assess its significance.

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This venue has the following accreditation:

We have held the LOtC Quality badge since it was introduced.

What size groups do they cater for?

We can cater for any group size from 2 – 200. Undercover lunch space is available for groups of 50 at a time.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

A teacher’s pack is available upon request and worksheets are available on our website. We are always happy to listen to requests for projects with a particular focus.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

There are no restrictions on photography and other recording media for study or other personal use

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

We provide risk assessments for all our activities and we are happy to offer a free familiarization visit to teachers planning visits to the Abbey.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Julie Hayes, The Abbey Gatehouse, Magdalene St, Glastonbury, BA6 9EL.
Phone: 01458 836113; Fax: 01458 836117;  email education@glastonburyabbey.com

What does it cost?

Children age 15 and under - £4.30. We allow 1 free teacher for every 10 children.

Students age 16 and over - £5.90. We offer 1 free student for every 10 paying and 1 free teacher for every 10 students.

In both case the coach driver is also admitted free of charge.

 Is specific clothing required?

This is a largely outdoor site. Please advise students to wear warm clothes and bring waterproof footwear. Presentations and activities will take place under cover, but tours of the ruins and trails are at the mercy of the elements.

Do you have first aid on site?

There is a First Aid post at the Ticket Office as you enter the site. If you have any emergency while on site this is the place to find assistance.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

There is a gift shop on site. Small items for school children, under £5.00 are always available to purchase. We also offer souvenir bags at £2.50 for Primary aged pupils and £5.00 for secondary aged pupils which can be ordered in advance and paid for/collected at the shop on the day of the visit.

There is an outdoor café during the summer months with picnic tables. We also have a pre-bookable covered picnic space.

We have an informative museum covering the history of the Abbey from its foundation in the first century AD up to the current archaeological discoveries.

Are there disabled facilities?

We are mostly disability compliant (there are steps to the crypt).

What are your opening days and hours?

The Abbey is open from 9.00am every day of the year except Christmas Day.
Closing times:

December to February        16.00

March to May                   18.00

June – August                   20.00

Sept – November               17.00

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

We ask our schools to fill in an evaluation sheet after their visit. When asked “What were the highlights of your visit here?” Some of the answers are given below:

Stanchester KS3: Ruins, Activities,
 
Crispin : KS3 : Living History is a highlight, especially the journey across to the Abbey from Crispin School and the presentation in the Abbott’s kitchen. The experience of being amidst the ruins for learning about the historical context of Glastonbury is brilliant. Our visit coincides with visit to other places in the town.

Stowberry: KS2: An excellent range of well thought out activities, geared to the age range of the pupils and areas of interest being studied. Re-enactors were very good and definitely a highlight as the children could interact & ask questions, they brought the place to life.
The timings of sessions were also good, allowing the activities to have some depth to them but not too long or having to just listen for too long.
Marlwood (Sixth form Group) The whole experience of being at the Abbey, getting a sense of history in its local and national context, and making it relevant for these A level Sociologists. Excellent pitch and delivery.

Millfield: (Independent Pre-Prep school)Children being able to dress as a monk and feel like they are going back in time and having everything explained so clearly to them. A great introduction followed by a tour of the abbey ending in the Abbots kitchen. KS2

Ashcott: KS2: We loved doing the brass rubbings and dressing as monks. Any practical activity. The Monks Kitchen was great fun too.

Oaklands: KS2: The children loved seeing the actors in character/costume

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

This is a unique place. There has only ever been one Glastonbury Abbey and the stories associated with this place are inspirational and capture a child’s imagination. If you wish to give your class a feel for what the country was like in medieval times you should bring them to the Abbey.


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Cathedrals. Abbeys. Churches Environment Centres Historical Heritage Museums Parks and Gardens Picnic Areas Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Citizenship Drama English Environmental Studies Geography History Leisure & Tourism Religious Education

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December


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