Meare Fish House

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours. Key available from Manor House Farm.

Address:

St Marys Road, Meare, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9SP

Before You Go

The only surviving monastic fishery building in England, Meare Fish House was the residence of Glastonbury Abbey's official in charge of the nearby lake and its fishery, and it provided facilities for fish-salting and drying.

Read more about the history of Meare Fish House.

Don’t Miss

A Long Hundred by Lotte Scott 

Sat 21st, Sun 22nd, Fri 27th, Sat 28th & Sun 29th September and Fri 4th, Sat 5th and Sun 6th October 2019 10am – 4pm

Meare Fish House will host Frome based artist Lotte Scott’s exhibition of sculpture and drawings inspired by the landscape and History of the Somerset Peat Moors. Part of Somerset Art Weeks. Please note there will be no access to the interior of the Fish House outside of the above times from Thursday 19th September until Tuesday 8th October.

 

Before You Go

Parking: There is off street parking down Muddy Lane, approximately  site.

Keys: The keys are available from Manor House Farm, which is at the opposite end of the field to the Fish House and can be accessed from the main road.

Facilities: Nearby Glastonbury has public toilets, shops and places to eat.

Dogs: Livestock may be grazing in the field, so no dogs are permitted.

Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

Plan a Great Day Out

Glastonbury is a short drive away from the fish house, and the town has plenty of shops, facilities and places to eat and drink. Visit the Tribunal, a late 15th century townhouse with a Tudor façade and panelled interiors, now home to the Tourist Information Centre and the Glastonbury Lake Village Museum.

Meare Fish House belonged to Glastonbury Abbey (not in the care of English Heritage), which is also in the town.

Muchelney Abbey is ten miles to the south of the Fish House. The abbey has some beautiful architecture and the only complete thatched monks' lavatory in England.

A Long Hundred by Lotte Scott

Sat 21st, Sun 22nd, Fri 27th, Sat 28th & Sun 29th September and Fri 4th, Sat 5th and Sun 6th October 2019 10am – 4pm

For the last 6 years, Frome based artist Lotte Scott has explored the landscape and history of the Somerset Peat moors. A Long Hundred showcases new works made in collaboration with Natural England – large, peat pigment drawings alongside 120 torrified wooden sculpture, each the size of a traditional peat turve. Supported by Somerset Art Works’ Project Development Bursary. 

Having previously worked in the Fish House to create drawings as part of her Masters research at the Slade, Lotte will now return her artwork to the landscape of the peat moors for a Somerset audience.

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