Visit Glastonbury: Places to stay, things to do

Discover the town beyond the festival. With its famous Tor, mythical past and natural beauty, take a weekend away to this Somerset town.

15th May 2012
Glastonbury

Why go there? 
Located in the Mendip district of Somerset, Glastonbury is steeped in mystery and legend. With its combination of nature, culture and history, it is a refreshing place where you can unwind.

Its iconic landmark is the Glastonbury Tor, on which the roofless St Michael’s Tower stands. It reveals striking views of the Summerland Meadows and three counties beyond. This National Trust site is well worth a hike up to the top. 

The town centre High Street has an array of charming gift shops, tearooms, and bookstores along with shops that focus on the spiritual side of Glastonbury. With links to Arthurian legend, the town has been described as a New Age Community. The ruins of the 12th Century Glastonbury Abbey can also be found here, where you will find the alleged tombs of King Arthur and his wife.

Where to stay
Glastonbury has many guesthouses, one being The Hawthornes Hotel which prides itself on its friendly, relaxing atmosphere and fresh food. It can be found 100 yards away from the High Street. More hotels can be found here

Where to eat
Glastonbury High Street has a range of restaurants and charming cafes. Some are more traditional, others serve vegetarian and vegan food. The quaint Abbey Tea Rooms, found opposite the Abbey, serves traditional lunches and has a five star health award. They also provide locally produced wines, ales and ciders. Alternative restaurants can also be found here.

Tell us a local secret...

Tucked away between Chalice Hill and the Glastonbury Tor, you will find the beautiful Chalice Well and gardens. Here it is said that Joseph of Arimathea buried the cup used in the last supper where the ancient well now stands. Whether you believe the legends or not, the Chalice Well and Gardens has peaceful orchards full of flora and fauna and is a relaxing place for visitors. It is open from 10am-6pm and costs £3.70 for a standard adult ticket, £3.10 concessions, £1.90 for children.

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