What to See & Do in Glastonbury

 

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Famous across the globe for its annual music festival and flourishing new age community, the small town of Glastonbury in Somerset is a fascinating choice for a short family break or romantic getaway. Located 27km from the city of Bristol and easily accessible by road and rail, this colourful destination has lots of great attractions and a magical ambience. In this week’s blog, we offer some suggestions of what to see and do on a visit to the town.

 

Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey is one of the most popular sights in Somerset and attracts visitors of all ages and nationalities. Mysterious and spiritual, this was the possible location of England’s first Christian church, and some people think that the King Arthur was buried on the grounds. The ancient religious site is nestled within 36 acres of glorious countryside and the ruins of the Abbey itself are awe-inspiring, while a reconstruction of what it once looked like can be seen at site’s Visitor Centre. The park also has scenic ponds, trees and picnic areas where visitors can relax and ponder over the history.

 

Glastonbury Tor

Visitors to Glastonbury can’t fail to notice Glastonbury Tor, the holy hill which overlooks the town – and every year, countless people are inspired to climb it. Shrouded by myths and legends, many people climb to the top in hope of a mystical experience, though you don’t have to be a believer to benefit from making the effort – the view from the peak is truly remarkable and a worthy reward for making it to the top.

 

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Somerset Rural Life Museum

Small but packed with interesting exhibits, the Somerset Rural Life Museum recreates the life of Victorian England. Set within a Victorian farm-house, cider orchard and 14th Century barn, the museum tells the story of the region’s social and agricultural history through reconstructed rooms, displays of tools and demonstrations of traditional skills. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this informative museum, which is free to enter, and has a small café and shop.

 

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Shopping & Dining

Visitors to Glastonbury are spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping opportunities and places to eat out. The New Age and artist communities play a starring role with dozens of small shops selling an array of goodies, from hand-made and vintage clothes, to esoteric books, jewellery and crafts. The unique and quirky items on sale make great gifts or souvenirs of your stay. Eateries range from traditional tearooms to vegan cafés and restaurants serving international cuisine, ensuring there is something to appeal to every taste.

 

Are you planning a trip to Glastonbury – what do you plan to do during your stay? Or perhaps you have already been and would like to share a tip or two with follow travellers? Comment and let us know your thoughts

 

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