Glastonbury is most famous for its music festival which attracts thousands of revellers from across the globe. However, aside from the festival, Glastonbury is a beautiful civil parish town in Somerset with plenty of historic locations and places of interest to visit. Located within the Mendip district, the town is steeped in myth and legend including associations with the Holy Grail and King Arthur., the Lady of the Lake and Merlin.
If you’re looking for a fabulous day out in Somerset, Glastonbury is a fantastic option and is just a short 30 minute drive from the coast and Lakeside Holiday Park; some of the local attractions include:
Glastonbury Tor is a prominent hill overlooking much of Somerset. Atop the hill lies St Michael’s Tower, a Grade I listed 15th century building and National Trust site. The Tor is an iconic attraction and is widely considered a cultural and spiritual site. Deeply associated with pagan culture, myth and legend, the hill and ancient building are a popular must-see attraction. It’s a gorgeous place for a scenic walk and once you reach the top of the hill, you will be awed by the spectacular views over the Somerset Levels and across to Wales.
Another Grade I listed building and scheduled ancient monument is the ruins of the Glastonbury Abbey, a 7th century monastery. Often thought to be the earliest Christian foundation in Britain, today the ruins are a popular tourist site steeped in legend like no other abbey in Britain. Legends of King Arthur’s burial site as well as biblical associations with Joseph of Arimathea have driven many pilgrims to visit the site. Costumed tour guides add to the experience, making it a super fun day out for families and history buffs alike.
Also known as the Red Spring, the Well is situated at the foot of the Tor. It is a natural spring and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. For over two thousands years, visitors have travelled from far and wide to drink from the red water of the well and experience the surrounding areas and gorgeous landscape. It was declared a World Peace Garden in 2001 and the tranquil well and scenery have become popular with visitors of all faiths and spiritual beliefs.
After a day spent exploring the various monuments and gardens, a trip to the many cafes, shops and pubs in Glastonbury town is the perfect way to polish off a busy day out. The town boasts many cafes serving vegan, vegetarian and organic delights as well as British classics.
Lakeside Holiday Park, based in Burnham-on-Sea, is a fabulous base to explore the delights of Somerset and beyond. Choose one of our great holiday homes as the perfect place to kick back and relax after a day exploring Glastonbury. Our self-catering caravans come equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Visit our website to book your holiday today.