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Glastonbury travel guide

Glastonbury - a trip to the ancient, mystical heart of England

Glastonbury is the small Somerset town famous as the venue for the annual Glastonbury Festival. Worth a visit at any time of the year, you'll find a heady mix of English small-town charm, new-age, bohemian culture and captivating spiritual history.

Memory of Glastonbury

“As a cider fan I had to come to Glastonbury. It’s a totally different drink from the clear, fizzy stuff you find in most pubs. I walked up Glastonbury Tor at sunset with a bottle. It was like liquid sunshine. Perfect.”

Federico, Italy

Culture & heritage

Glastonbury is alive with a history that sits comfortably alongside colourful myth and legend. The Abbey was an early centre of pilgrimage and many believe King Arthur is buried amid the ruins. It is said that a young Christ also visited Glastonbury and that the Holy Grail is hidden nearby.

 

Quirky independent shops abound selling everything from healing crystals to cakes. Try Glastonbury’s weekly County Market which is great for homemade food and handicrafts.

Attractions

Visit Glastonbury for its medieval abbey, Glastonbury Tor with its fabulous views over the county, and the gorgeous surrounding countryside with rolling hills and flaxen fields. Whether you’re looking for spiritual.

Top daytime must-do’s

Top night time must-do’s

Climb Glastonbury Tor , feel the good vibrations and take in the views

Relax with a 'scrumpy' cider made from Somerset apples

Explore the romantic ruins of Glastonbury Abbey , one of the earliest Christian sites in England

Join the carnival at the Somerset Mardi Gras, the biggest illuminated procession in Europe

Visit the holy Chalice Well surrounded by peaceful gardens

Book early for the Glastonbury Festival in June for the biggest bands and a shot of the surreal

Explore traditional country life at the free Somerset Rural Life Museum .

 

Food & drink

The original and best Cheddar Cheese, vintage cider like liquid gold…Somerset produces some of the most delicious food in the UK. Glastonbury has good restaurants, atmospheric pubs and holds a regional farmers’ market every month.

 

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GlastonburyFacts

Population
8,800
Region
South West England
Closest airports
Exeter Airport, Bristol Airport
Famous locals
King Arthur
Local food
Apple juice/cider, Cheddar cheese
Nearest towns / cities
Wells, Taunton

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