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Things to do in Glastonbury, Somerset

Glastonbury is well known, not only for its connections with the history of Christianity and the majestic ruins of its Abbey, but also for its association with the legend of King Arthur, who, along with his wife Guinevere, is reputed to be buried in the Abbey grounds. In Glastonbury, history myth and legend combine in such a way that most visitors cannot fail to sense the powerful ambience of the town, which is now internationally renowned as a centre for New Age culture and spiritual healing.

Glastonbury Tor - This famous landmark, steeped in legend, rises 525 feet above sea level, and is topped by the tower of the ruined medieval church of St. Michael. From the top of the Tor, you will enjoy the spectacular views of rural Somerset.

Glastonbury Abbey - Extensive and beautiful ruins of the Abbey largely destroyed during Henry VIII's Reformation. A small museum contains a model of the grounds of the monastery and other architectural exhibits.

Glastonbury Chalice Well - According to legend, the waters of Chalice Well have curative powers. It is said that Joseph of Arimathea hid the Chalice of the Holy Grail here.

Somerset Rural Life Museum - A fascinating folk museum, centred around a 14th century Abbey barn. The museum features displays on society in the past and on former agricultural and industrial activities.

Glastonbury Tribunal - At one time thought to be an Abbey Court House, this 15th century building now houses the town's Tourist Information Centre and the Lake Village Museum. The museum provides evidence of prehistoric and Ice Age moorland settlements, when the Bristol Channel extended as far inland as Glastonbury.

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