Somerset Towns and Villages
The town of Glastonbury, watched over by its magical Tor, has been inhabited since Neolithic times. Dominated by the ruins of its 7th century Abbey, it is a place of myth and legend – and pop festivals! Nearby Street is known for Clarks, the shoe makers whose factory buildings have been converted to form Clarks Village, the UK’s first purpose-built factory outlet.Glastonbury’s bohemian spirit makes it beloved by locals - and that’s before you discover the ancient Glastonbury Abbey ruins, mythical Arthurian legends, incredible views and incense-scented high street.
Glastonbury is where ley lines converge and ancient stories are told. From the Holy Thorn Tree on Wearyall Hill to the town’s secret identity as the legendary Isle of Avalon, Glastonbury history inspires intrigue and welcomes explorers. Of course, it’s globally famous as the home of Glastonbury Festival, the almost-annual music and performing arts event that brings a fresh energy - not to mention the most iconic faces in music - to the lush meadows around the town during the summer.
After exploring the majestic ruins of Glastonbury Abbey in the town centre, make your way up the high street, past shops selling everything from vintage clothes to vegan food to healing crystals. Stop to visit the supposed healing red waters of the mystical Chalice Well - and its sister well called the White Spring across the road - on your way to the top of the iconic Glastonbury Tor, a soaring hill topped by a single ruined tower, which rewards walkers with spectacular 360-degree views across Somerset for miles in every direction.
For a bite to eat, head to one of the many cafés and restaurants on the high street, the majority of which focus on healthy, alternative and locally-sourced produce to stock their delicious menus. Meanwhile, traditional British tea and cakes are served at the charming Abbey Tea Rooms beside the ancient ruins they’re named after.
Step outside the town to see local archaeological sites - the Lake Village Museum in Godney shows what life on the Somerset Levels was like hundreds of years ago, whilst the haunting Meare Fish House sits just outside the village of Meare, a few minutes from Glastonbury town centre.
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