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Glastonbury: Your Unforgettable Travel Adventure

Top things to do in Glastonbury

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So here you are, contemplating a trip to Glastonbury, on your merry way, or already settled into your hotel room and wondering… “What now? What’s next? Where to first?” 

I’ve put together a map with an overview of 14 of the most worth-it things to see and do in and around Glastonbury. Except for the Glastonbury Lake Village (#10) and the Glastonbury Festival (#2), everything else is kind of within walking distance, depending on how energetic you feel.

But, if you simply want to have a bit of peace and quiet, I suggest a leisurely walk along the beautiful River Brue. It runs through the heart of town and is a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of town.

Glastonbury top things to do
  • Attend a live music gig at the Assembly Rooms (#5): This historic venue has played host to some of the biggest names in music over the years and continues to be a popular spot for live music today. (High Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9DU.)
  • Visit the Glastonbury Experience (#6): This lovely courtyard is home to a range of shops, cafes, and art galleries, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind. (2-4 High Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9DU.)
  • Visit the Glastonbury Tribunal (#7): This beautiful medieval building is now a museum dedicated to the history of Glastonbury. Open from March to October, Tuesday to Sunday. (9 High Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9DP.)
  • Visit the Rural Life Museum (#8): Learn about the history of rural life in Somerset at this fascinating museum. Open from March to October, Tuesday to Sunday. (Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DB.)
  • Explore the Glastonbury Lake Village(10): This Iron Age village was discovered in the early 20th century and is now a fascinating archaeological site. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. (Godney Road, Meare, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9TT.)
  • Visit the White Spring (#9): This sacred spring is said to have healing properties and is a popular spot for meditation and prayer. Open daily from 10 am to 4 pm. (Well House Lane, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9DU.)

Gastronomic Delights and Cozy Cafés

  • Try a Glastonbury pasty: These delicious savory pastries are a local specialty and can be found in many bakeries and cafes around town.
  • Try some local cider: Somerset is known for its delicious cider, so be sure to sample some during your stay in Glastonbury.
  • Visit Glastonbury’s traditional English Pubs: Savor a pint of ale and indulge in hearty pub fare.
  • Browse: Glastonbury’s High Street (the main street of the town) is packed with unique and quirky shops selling everything from crystals to witchcraft supplies. In addition, meander through Magdalene Street, Benedict Street, and Northload Street. They have plenty of quaint shops, cafes, and restaurants.
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If you’re keen to go to the Glastonbury Festival, then also read about “Pilton, UK: Unveiling It’s Magic”.

Vibrant Markets and Festivals

  • Join the world’s most iconic music festival and be part of an unforgettable experience. The Glastonbury Festival (#2) is an iconic five-day music extravaganza. Held in late June, it brings together renowned musicians from various genres to perform on multiple stages. With its vibrant atmosphere, camping experience, and memorable performances, it’s a bucket-list event for music enthusiasts. The festival site (Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, BA4 4BY) is situated just outside of Pilton, making it the closest town to the Glastonbury Festival. However, the festival is commonly associated with the nearby town of Glastonbury due to its cultural significance and spiritual connections. The Glastonbury town itself is approximately 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) southwest of the festival site.
  • Take a stroll through the Glastonbury Market: Held on certain days of the week, the market is a vibrant hub of activity where you can browse stalls selling everything from local produce to handmade crafts. Check the schedule to see when it’s open during your visit. (Market Place, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9HD)

Where Legends Come Alive: Mythical Glastonbury

  • Climb Glastonbury Tor (#3): Take a hike up this iconic hill and soak in the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Best to go during the day, but try going at sunset for a truly magical experience. (Wellhouse Lane, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9DN.)
  • Visit the Chalice Well (#4): This beautiful garden and well are said to have healing properties and are a must-visit for anyone interested in spirituality. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. (Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DD.)
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Spirituality and New Age Culture

  • Glastonbury Abbey (#1) is a renowned 7th-century religious site that has captivated the imagination for centuries. Picture this: Pilgrims, monks, and visitors from far and wide passing through this very gate, seeking solace, enlightenment, and a glimpse into the sacred realm of the abbey. Open daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. (Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9EL.)
  • Glastonbury is said to be a hub for ley lines, and many people believe that walking along them can have spiritual benefits. Explore the ley lines around Glastonbury, starting from Glastonbury Tor or other ley line intersections. There is no specific address, as it depends on the route you choose.
  • The Abbey Gatehouse, right at the entrance to the renowned Glastonbury Abbey, is an architectural marvel that transports you back in time.

As you approach this magnificent structure, you can’t help but feel a sense of awe and anticipation. It’s like stepping into a portal that connects the present with the glorious past.

The Abbey Gatehouse is a symbolic threshold that holds the secrets of the abbey’s storied past. It was once part of a larger complex that encompassed the abbey’s administrative offices and living quarters. Imagine the bustling activity, the whispered conversations, and the echoes of prayers that resonated within these hallowed walls.

As you stand before the Abbey Gatehouse, take a moment to appreciate its architectural splendor. The intricate carvings, the imposing arches, and the weathered stone tell tales of craftsmanship and dedication. Close your eyes, and you can almost hear the echoes of footsteps, the chants of monks, and the whispers of visitors who came seeking enlightenment and spiritual solace.

While the abbey itself may lie in ruins today, the Abbey Gatehouse stands as a proud sentinel, a gateway to the abbey’s illustrious past. It serves as a reminder of the abbey’s significance as a center of spirituality, learning, and cultural heritage. As you pass through the gate, you become a part of this continuum, connecting with the pilgrims and seekers who have walked this path throughout the ages.

Wells Cathedral, Cheddar Gorge, Avebury Stone Circle min

Exploring the Surrounding Countryside

  • Cheddar Gorge: Venture into the stunning limestone gorge and discover its natural beauty.
  • Avebury Stone Circle: Encounter the ancient stones and embrace the mystical energy of this prehistoric site. The Avebury Stone Circle is one of the largest megalithic stone circles in the world and is located in the village of Avebury, Wiltshire, England. Its UNESCO World Heritage status recognizes its cultural and historical significance as an outstanding example of a prehistoric monument and ceremonial landscape. The total distance from High Street in Glastonbury to Avebury Stone Circle is approximately 65 kilometers (40 miles). 

Delve into the mysteries of Glastonbury

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Glastonbury and the Grail: Did Joseph of Arimathea Bring the Sacred Relic to Britain? By Justin E. Griffin.

Traditions of Glastonbury: The Biblical Missing Years of Christ- Answered, by Raymond Capt.

The Last Abbot of Glastonbury: A Tale of the Dissolution of the Monasteries, by A. D. Crake.

The Glastonbury Zodiac and Earth Mysteries UFOlogy, by Paul Weston.

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