Our guide to holidays in Glastonbury
There’s nowhere quite like the town of Glastonbury and the areas that surround it, and this is a region that has it all. With historic attractions such as Glastonbury Abbey, iconic landmarks like Glastonbury Tor, and a place in the heart of UK spirituality, Glastonbury’s the kind of destination that has something for everyone.
The name may hit the headlines every year when the world-famous Glastonbury Festival welcomes music lovers from all over the world, but the town behind the event makes a surprisingly peaceful resort to spend a few days seeing what there is to see. Whether you plan your Glastonbury holiday around long walks in the countryside, sampling foodie treats at the many markets or taking in the culture with a visit to some of the historic sites, you’ll find a warm welcome and a unique landscape.
Places to visit in Glastonbury
Glastonbury Abbey’s one of our favourite places to visit in Glastonbury, and it’s a great starting point if you’re not too familiar with the area’s history. One of the country’s earliest abbeys, Glastonbury’s rumoured to be the burial site of King Arthur, and with 36 acres of parkland it’s the perfect spot for a picnic.
Next, it’s Glastonbury Tor. Known for being one of the most sacred spiritual sites in the whole of the country, the tor offers beautiful views across the Somerset Levels, and all the way to Dorset, Wales and Wiltshire. It still has a firm place in the hearts of pagans, and it’s one of the most popular spots for a walk during a Glastonbury holiday.
Just between Glastonbury Tor and Chalice Hill, you’ll find another of the area’s sacred sites. Known as a peaceful place of time out and healing, it makes a lovely place to spend time no matter what your beliefs. The well sits surrounded by gardens and orchards, and its welcomed people keen to drink its waters for over two thousand years.
Things to do in Glastonbury
Part of Glastonbury’s charm is that it has more myths and legends attached to its name than you’ll ever have time to explore…so it’s a good thing that there are some fantastic tours available to help you experience the town without missing a thing. Whether you want to tour Glastonbury Tor and hear its long (and sometimes uncomfortable!) history while you’re there, or you want to hear more about the area’s place in paganism and visit some of its most sacred sites, you’ll find a tour ready to take you on your way.
If you’re keen to go all out, the Tours of the Tor are the perfect way to embrace the spiritual side of Glastonbury and walk the footsteps of the pilgrims its attracted over the centuries. The team know the area like the backs of their hands, and they’ll bring every legend to life as they show you some of Glastonbury’s most important spiritual sites.
We mentioned Glastonbury Tor, and we have to say that if there’s one thing you get to do during your holiday in the area, it should be to walk to this landmark. If you fancy wandering from the town centre and up to the tor, we’d recommend leaving yourself some time just to sit for awhile and enjoy the views…because they’re stunning.
For those times during your holiday when you’re just in the mood to sample some of the local produce and browse the wares of the region’s farmers, the local farmers market takes place on the fourth Saturday of every month. With the very best of the season to sample, you’ll be able to stock up and head home to cook up something impressive with the tastes and flavours of Somerset…delicious.