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Preserving the past for people in the future

Glastonbury Abbey is a registered charity and we aim to preserve the ruins and grounds of the abbey for the public benefit and to help them learn more about its historic and religious importance.

The abbey is treasured by its visitors, staff, volunteers and trustees and holds a special place in the heart of the local community.

However we do not receive any public funding and to do all this work we rely on the support and generosity of our members, donors and visitor income.

We appreciate all gifts, large and small, which help to ensure the abbey is here for generations to come.

You can help us secure the abbey's future by leaving a donation in your will. You can choose what your gift to the abbey is spent on and there are many ways in which your gift can help us:

  • the general running of the site - allow us to spend your gift where it is most needed
  • conservation - we have a continuous programme of maintenance of our ancient buildings and ruins and specific conservation projects when needed
  • caring for and developing our 36 acres of beautiful grounds
  • curation, conservation and research of our important archaeological collections from the site and our acquisition fund to help us purchase relevant works of art or objects associated with the abbey
  • interpretation and learning- we are constantly striving to help our visitors find out more about the abbey's fascinating history - with your help we can provide better information, activities and learning opportunities
  • events and exhibitions - each year we develop a varied programme of activities to enhance knowledge of the abbey or to entertain our visitors.

Ways to Give

There are two ways you can make a gift in your will: by giving a residuary gift - this looks after family and friends and leaves the remainder of your estate or a percentage; or a pecuniary gift where you specify an amount.

A gift to the abbey or other charity can reduce inheritance tax from 40 per cent to 36 per cent but the gift must be worth 10 per cent or more of your net estate; the rules do change so do check.

We recommend that you use a professional advisor to help you get the wording right.

If you'd like to talk to us first - please contact helpus@glastonburyabbey.com and we'll make sure you have the information you need to make a legacy which will make a difference. Or please write to our director Janet Bell, Glastonbury Abbey, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, BA2 9EL

We promise that we will use your gift wisely. Thank you.

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Glastonbury Abbey
Abbey Gatehouse
Magdalene Street

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