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Glastonbury

Glastonbury is a small town in Somerset, England, situated at a dry point on the low lying Somerset Levels, 23 miles south of Bristol.

Evidence from timber trackways such as the Sweet Track show that the town has been inhabited since Neolithic times. Glastonbury Lake Village was an Iron Age village, close to the old course of the River Brue and Sharpham Park approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Glastonbury, that dates back to the Bronze Age. Centwine was the first Saxon patron of Glastonbury Abbey, which dominated the town for the next 700 years.

One of the most important abbeys in England, it was the site of Edmund Ironside's coronation as King of England in 1016. Many of the oldest surviving buildings in the town, including the Tribunal, George Hotel and Pilgrims' Inn and the Somerset Rural Life Museum, which is based in an old tithe barn, are associated with the abbey. The Church of St John the Baptist dates from the 15th century.

The town became a center for commerce, which led to the construction of the market cross, Glastonbury Canal and the Glastonbury and Street railway station, the largest station on the original Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway. The Brue Valley Living Landscape is a conservation project managed by the Somerset Wildlife Trust and nearby is the Ham Wall National Nature Reserve.

Glastonbury has been described as a New Age community which attracts people with New Age and Neopagan beliefs, and is notable for myths and legends often related to Glastonbury Tor, concerning Joseph of Arimathea, the Holy Grail and King Arthur. In some Arthurian literature Glastonbury is identified with the legendary island of Avalon. Joseph is said to have arrived in Glastonbury and stuck his staff into the ground, when it flowered miraculously into the Glastonbury Thorn.

The presence of a landscape zodiac around the town has been suggested but no evidence has been discovered. The Glastonbury Festival, held in the nearby village of Pilton, takes its name from the town.

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  1. Orchard Pig

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    Orchard Pig

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    Food/Drink Producer

    West Bradley, Nr Glastonbury

    In the beginning…

    First spotted in Somerset, Orchard Pig’s charm is now legendary!  What started as a hobby has now exploded into a well known brand.

    It all began in the noughties, just...

  2. Clarks Village

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    Clarks Village

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    Fashion and Accessories

    Street

    Established in 1993, Clarks Village was the first outlet village to open in the UK.  Situated in the heart of Somerset, Clarks Village has continually grown and developed over the years and brings an...

  3. Street TIC

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    Street Tourist Information Centre

    Street

    Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you plan your visit to Somerset with accommodation bookings, public transport information, details of attractions and events.

    Please follow the link...

  4. Glastonbury Abbey

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    Glastonbury Abbey

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    Abbey/Priory

    Glastonbury

    Glastonbury Abbey is connected with legend to a degree that is unparalleled by any other abbey in England. Since Medieval times it has held legendary status as the earliest Christian foundation in...

  5. Keepers Cottage

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    Keepers Cottage

    Near Glastonbury

    Situated on a quiet country lane about 5 miles from Glastonbury and Street, Keepers Cottage is a luxurious, boutique style bed & breakfast in a private family home.

    We are in an absolutely...

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    Price from £100.00 to £120.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  6. The Chalice Well

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    The Chalice Well

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    Garden

    Glastonbury

    Chalice Well is one of Britain's most ancient wells, nestling in the Vale of Avalon between the famous Glastonbury Tor and Chalice Hill. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and orchards it is a living...

  7. Glastonbury Treasure Trail

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    Glastonbury Treasure Trail

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    Walking Tour

    High Street, Glastonbury

    The Glastonbury Treasure Trail Explore the streets of Glastonbury with a self-guided Treasure Hunt themed walking Treasure Trail; a fun and imaginative way to explore Glastonbury. As you follow the...

  8. Sharpham Park

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    Sharpham Park

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    Food/Drink Producer

    Kilver Court, Shepton Mallet

    Our organic farm and mill

    Sharpham Park is a 300 acre estate in the heart of the Somerset Levels near Glastonbury. It’s the home of Roger Saul who founded the luxury leather brand, Mulberry. We...

  9. Glastonbury Tor at sunset

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    Glastonbury

    9 High Street, Glastonbury


    Glastonbury Tor rises dramatically from the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels, close to the town of Glastonbury, to a height of 158 metres (525 feet). The Tor is topped by the tower of a ruined...

  10. Glastonbury TIC

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    Glastonbury Tourist Information Centre

    Glastonbury


    Glastonbury Tourist Information centre is centrally located in Glastonbury Tribunal, a 15th Century Grade 1 listed building in Glastonbury High Street. 
    Call in for all your local and holiday...

  11. Millfield Enterprises

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    Millfield Enterprises

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    Activity Centre

    Street

    Millfield Enterprises run a number of activity and sport courses for children during the school holidays, as well as English language courses for international students, and as the commercial arm of...

  12. Spindlewood Lodges

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    Spindlewood Lodges

    Pilton, Shepton Mallet

    7 Scandinavian log cabins situated in 10 secluded acres of meadows, woodlands and orchards,...

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    Price from £409.00 to £849.00 Per unit per week
  13. Middlewick Holiday Cottages

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    Middlewick Holiday Cottages

    4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars Self Catering

    Glastonbury

    16th Century Farmstead with original farm house and barns converted to 10 charming self-catering...

  14. RSPB Nature Reserve Ham Wall

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    RSPB Nature Reserve Ham Wall

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    Natural Feature

    Nr Glastonbury

    Enjoy the sights and sounds of this magical wetland, created by the RSPB when peat extraction ended...

  15. Sticklinch Farm Cottage

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    Sticklinch Farm Cottage

    4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars Self Catering

    West Pennard, Glastonbury

    Sticklinch Farm Cottage is part of an idyllic...

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    Price from £395.00 to £750.00 Per unit per week
  16. Glastonbury Holiday Homes

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    Glastonbury Holiday Homes

    Glastonbury

    Exclusive self-catering accommodation in...

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    Price from £395.00 to £650.00 Per unit per week
  17. National Trust - Glastonbury Tor

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    National Trust - Glastonbury Tor

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    Historic Site

    Glastonbury

    Prominent hill overlooking the Isle of Avalon,...

  18. Traditional food pub near Street in Somerset

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    Ring O'Bells

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    Pub/Inn

    Nr Street

    The Ring O’Bells is an 18th Century “free house”...

  19. The Cider Jug

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    Bramley & The Cider Jug

    Westhay, Nr Wedmore, Wells & Glastonbury

    Two converted farm-buildings in the quiet village...

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    Price from £225.00 to £420.00 Per unit per week

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