Glastonbury Town & Tor

Glastonbury, Somerset,
Glastonbury, Somerset,

Glastonbury is a small town in Somerset, England situated at the dry point (an area of firm or flood-free ground in an area of wetland, marsh or flood plains), on the Somerset Levels with it’s origins dating back to Neolithic times. Described as a New Age community which attracts people with New Age and Neopagan beliefs, Glastonbury is notable for myths and legends often related to Glastonbury Tor, concerning Joseph of Arimathea, the Holy Grail and King Arthur.

Glastonbury Tor is a hill of clay and Blue Lias on the Somerset Levels. With St. Michael’s Tower, a Grade 1 listed building at its summit. The site is now managed by the National Trust and is designated a scheduled monument. Mentioned in Celtic mythology, particularly myths about King Arthur. In more recent times the Tor has become associated with Gwyn ap Nudd, the first Lord of the Otherworld and came to be represented as an entrance to Avalon, the land of the fairies.

Glastonbury Abbey was a monastery, and one of the most important abbeys in England, as it was the site of Edmund Ironside’s coronation as King of England in 1016.

Probably our favourite town in England! We find an excuse to visit here at every opportunity, and it’s not just us, the girls love it here and get upset if they don’t get to visit at least once a year. Parking a motor home isn’t easy as all the towns car parks are quite small, we have in the past parked in a car park at the bottom of the Tor and walked into town, but on our last visit it looked to have got smaller, we have also parked in Morrisons car park, just outside the town. These days we opt for booking a few nights at Avalon campsite which is only 10 minutes away from the town and 20 minutes (if you don’t stop to sight see), from the Tor. You just have to visit the town once because describing it fully is just impossible.