Boasting a bohemian atmosphere, Glastonbury is known for its medieval ruins, trendy counterculture scene and legendary annual music festival. The British town is also steeped in myths and legends, with its emerald hill considered one of the most important Paganism sites.
Things to do in Glastonbury
Held every summer, Glastonbury Festival is one of the most iconic music events in the United Kingdom. The lively festival is held on Worthy Farm, in the nearby town of Pilton. Over the decades the iconic Pyramid Stage has hosted a swarm of big names, including Radiohead and Florence and the Machine.
Glastonbury is also brimming with history. Step back in time at Glastonbury Abbey, built in 712 AD. You can wander around the ruins, walk under the soaring arches and peer into St Mary's chapel. The grounds also feature a fragrant herb garden, cider orchard and grassy spots to unpack a picnic.
Crowned by the Chapel of St Michael, Glastonbury Tor offers sweeping views over the Somerset countryside. It's associated with a string of myths and legends, with local lore citing it as the home of Arawn, the Celtic king of the underworld. A 30-minute trail leads to the peak or you can ride the Tor Bus shuttle.
There's plenty of counterculture to soak up in Glastonbury. Explore the town centre on foot and you'll find Rainbow's End, a bohemian cafe serving up tasty vegetarian fare in a colourful setting. George & Pilgrim is another local favourite, pouring pints since the 15th century.
Getting around Glastonbury
Glastonbury is easy to get around on foot, though you'll need a car to explore the Somerset countryside. Castle Cary is the closest train station, 30 minutes from the Glastonbury town centre.