Generally speaking people come to the Abbey for three reasons.
First, they want to see a living Christian sanctuary that may have been the site of the oldest church, and was certainly once the greatest Abbey, in the country. Second, they come because they want to see the possible burial place of King Arthur, but the third reason people come to the Abbey grounds is simply for peace and quiet. The relative seclusion of the 36 acres provides the perfect atmosphere for people who want to forget their hectic daily lives, and take it easy.
The tranquil settings of the Duck and Fish ponds allow visitors to get lost in their thoughts. They also provide ideal picnic spots. In addition, children can feed the ducks or run around in the lush expanse of open parkland whilst their parents take a well-earned nap under a suitable tree.
There are over 250 trees in the grounds, many of which have wooden seats or benches under them so guests can sit and ponder in peace, and in the shade. Once visitors leave the hustle and bustle of the Town and enter the Abbey grounds they move into a very different world where calm, beauty and above all peace are the orders of the day.
There is something for each season of the year. Snowdrops and Crocus in winter feature along the north path of the ruins. Over the past few years many thousands have been planted here. This is closely followed in Spring, by a dazzling display of Daffodils and later bluebells. At this point we should not forget the delicious apple blossom and its fragrance emanating from the cider orchard. Summer gives way to wildflowers and native grasses, which will be seen in the Orchard, along the Badger Boardwalk and in the wildlife areas. Lastly Autumn gives us spectacular colour on our many trees; comprised of many deciduous and evergreen varieties.
Wherever they come from, visitors can be assured not only of a warm welcome, but of a realisation that they have been in, seen and felt something very special. Most of our visitors are already planning their return visits. Please click here if you would like to find out more about the Abbey Grounds.