Tourist Information in Mendips and North Somerset
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Glastonbury Town Information

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Lying on the banks of the River Brue, glorious Glastonbury is a curious amalgam of Christianity and paganism, the reputed burial place of King Arthur and the hiding place of the Holy Grail. During the medieval period, the Benedictine Abbey of St Mary was one of England’s richest monasteries. According to legend it was founded by Joseph of Arimathea who brought a sacred chalice containing the blood of Jesus from the Middle East. The ‘grail’ chalice is, supposedly, secreted in the Chalice Well at the foot of Glastonbury Tor, a 500ft hill. The Tor dominates the town and is topped by St Michael’s Tower.

Glastonbury Tor - Photo © Alan Simkins
Glastonbury Tor - Photo: Alan Simkins

The abbey was largely destroyed on the orders of Henry V111 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. It is said to contain the tomb of St Patrick, not to mention the re-interred bones of both King Arthur and his queen, Guinevere.

The area also hosts the annual Glastonbury Music Festival which has now been running for approximately 40 years.