Though many of English Heritage’s Free to Enter sites remain open to visitors, unfortunately it has been necessary - as a result of advice relating to coronavirus - to close Meare Fish House for operational reasons, in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
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.
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.