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Learning Outside the Classroom

Around Glastonbury

There are many excellent places for Learning Outside the Classroom within and close to Glastonbury Abbey, which will complement and extend a day spent on the Somerset Levels.

The Tourist Information Centre (website) in the High Street of the town houses an interesting museum showing the archaeology and finds associated with this site.

The local churches, built at the same time as the abbey, are still intact and preserve some of the detail and the beauty that is now lost to the abbey site. Visits to St John's church (website), or the older St Benedict's church can be arranged through the Education Officer. The Catholic Church has taken over the original functions of the Shrine of St Mary at Glastonbury (website).

Glastonbury Tor, the large mound around which the town is built, is a local landmark giving wide views across the Somerset Levels. The site is preserved by the National Trust and is free to all visitors. It is possible to walk from the abbey to the Tor. This is an excellent resource for geographical studies of the Mendips and the Levels.

The Cathedral Town of Wells, just five miles from Glastonbury has many historic connections to the town and the abbey. A combined day at Wells Cathedral and at Glastonbury Abbey uses a variety of learning styles to help students at Key Stage 3 understand how this complicated period of history affected the two neighbouring towns in completely different ways. Please ask for details.