things to do in Glastonbury

Things to See in Glastonbury

Glastonbury is a small town in Somerset, Great Britain. Its population is less than 9,000 citizens, but still this place is attractive for tourists.

It is situated not far from the river, in the picturesque countryside, so it is interesting to be visited in summer or early autumn and have some rest far from the city rush. There are some historical and resort places that are worth to see here.

1. The Tor Glastonbury
The Tor Glastonbury

The Tor Glastonbury is actually the hill with religious and historical meaning. The hill is of 158 m of height above the sea level. The slopes of the hill are terraced and it is still not known, how it was possible to do so.

The whole area of Glastonbury is visible from here and you can admire two main churches from the hill. Probably, the Tor used to be the place, where the early church was situated. Otherwise it was the place, where monks used to gather. From June to July it is interesting to walk here and observe blue butterflies – there are many of them here in the season. People are walking along the slopes of the hill without shoes – thus they get closer to nature. They say, the vibration of the hill is extremely useful for your health, so come here in summer or early autumn and feel the vibrancy.

2. Chalice Well
Chalice Well Glastonbury

This place is situated near the Tor, to be precise, it is just in the foot of it. Chalice Well is also called the Red Spring. It is the natural spring with extremely tasty and useful water that you can drink just here and even take home in a special gift bottle – they are sold just here in the gift shop. Other souvenirs, that will remind you about this place, are also affordable in the shop. Mobile phones are forbidden here, so it is the ideal place for relax and meditation. If you get hungry, there are two food stalls with self catering here. Only vegetarian cuisine is served in every of these stalls and again, you can’t use your cell phones – this place is supposed just for spiritual rest and relaxation.
Chalice Well Glastonbury
Address of Chalice Well: 85-8 Chilkwell St, Glastonbury BA6 8DD, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)1458 831154

3. Glastonbury Abbey
Glastonbury Abbey

These ruins are full of mystery. According to the legend, the body of King Author is buried here. Probably, Glastonbury Abbey was built in the 12th century – at least archeologists are declined to this version. This place is interesting to visit and take some photos. If you are a religious person, it will be the special place for you, as the church used to be located here long ago. If you are not the expert in English history, you can book a guided tour. Thus you can understand the historical sense of these ruins. Otherwise walking here will be boring for you.

Address of Glastonbury Abbey: Magdalene St, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9EL, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 1458 832267

4. St. Margaret’s Chapel & Magdalene Almshouses
Glastonbury St. Margaret's Chapel & Magdalene Almshouses

It is a small and peaceful place, very good looking and picturesque. It is worth visiting even just to admire the beautiful garden around it and to take a walk in the open air.

This place has historical meaning too. It is the sample of old almshouse. One part of it used to be the old hospital, named after St. Mary Magdalene. It is possible to see, how people used to live many centuries ago. Unfortunately, some houses that are related to this venue are still closed. You can make a donation, if you come there and probably, more houses will be restored and opened here soon!

Address of St. Margaret’s Chapel & Magdalene Almshouses: Magdalene Street, Glastonbury BA6 8DH,United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 1458 835067

5. Glastonbury Goddess Temple
Glastonbury Goddess Temple

It is one more spiritual place that is possible to visit in Glastonbury. It is quite hard to get there, so make sure, you are well fitted to come. It is a great place to relax and to meditate. The temple is devoted to Goddess, that’s why it is a special place for women. If you have some problems in your personal life, problems with childbirth or problems with your partner, you can come here and meditate. They say, it can help. Women from Great Britain and other European countries come here to be protected by the Goddess. If you don’t believe in the magic strength of a Mother, just come here to have some rest from the city rush and everyday routine.

Address of Glastonbury Goddess Temple : 2-4 High St, Glastonbury BA6 9DU, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 1458 837977

6. Glastonbury Reception Centre and Sanctuary
Glastonbury Reception Centre and Sanctuary

If you are in mood to visit the places, full of spiritual sense, you can come to Glastonbury Reception Centre and Sanctuary. Their main idea is to accept and support people from different parts of our planet, in spite of their faith and religion. This place used to be the final point of pilgrimage for people from various cities and towns. Students and children are also encouraged to come here. It is possible to meet the leaders of different faiths and beliefs at the Centre and hear the main ideas of their faith directly from them.

Address of  Glastonbury Reception Centre and Sanctuary: 10B High St, Glastonbury BA6 9DU, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 1458 834589

7. Somerset Rural Life Museum
Glastonbury Somerset Rural Life Museum

The museum is devoted to the lifestyle of the citizens of Glastonbury. Nowadays the museum is closed for restoration and it will be reopened in 2016.

Here it is possible to see the daily routine of people, who inhabit such a spiritual town as Glastonbury. At the first floor you can see the Victorian era way of life – the houses of people, their kitchens and how they used to walk.

Just near the reception desk you can see various craft tools, they will be interesting to both, adults and children.
In the yard you can notice the place, organized like an old farm.

If you get hungry, you can help yourself in a small café. If you need some gifts or souvenirs or simply are interested in history, the lovely bookshop is opened here.

Address of Somerset Rural Life Museum: Abbey Farm, Chilkwell St, Glastonbury BA6 8DB, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)  1458 831197

Somerset Rural Life Museum opening times:

Monday Closed

Tuesday – Saturday

10:00 – 17:00

Sunday Closed

8. Abbey Park Playground
Glastonbury Abbey Park Playground

In August this area is used as a venue for children’s festival. But you can come here not only in August. Abbey Park Playground is the ideal place to arrange a small picnic, to unwind on a hot summer day or to take your children with you and spend the whole day here.
The park is shadowy, so it is possible to hide from the heat on a late summer day. It is the enclosed fenced area, you can feel safe there. There are toilets here, they are not extremely clean, but due to them you can spend a lot of time here and not to go out from the enclosed space of the playground.

Address of Abbey Park Playground: Glastonbury, Somerset, United Kingdom

9. Glastonbury Lake Village Museum
Glastonbury Lake Village Museum

The museum is small; it is not pricy at all and quite interesting, especially for people, who are fond of history. To enter the museum that is situated on the second floor of a two-storey building you should cope with a small staircase – it is the only one entrance to the museum. Here you can see the exposition that is dedicated to the ancient iron settlement that was located not far from the area of modern Glastonbury. The iron objects, exhibited here, are dated by the 19th century. It is an interesting place to visit for a sole traveler or for the whole family.

Address of Lake Village Museum: Glastonbury, Somerset, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0) 1458 832954

10. Natural Restorative Therapies
Natural Restorative Therapies

When you are on vacation, SPA is that very thing you can’t miss. Natural Restorative Therapies is the best SPA in the town. It is absolutely fantastic place to relax and forget about all the problems you have. Great massage for men and women is affordable here. It is easy to book; it is not expensive and is worth every penny you have spent on it!

Address of Natural Restorative Therapies : 10 Magdalene St, Glastonbury BA6 9EH, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)  7767 056242

Natural Restorative Therapies opening times :

Monday – Sunday

9:00 – 19:00

So, Glastonbury is a very spiritual town that is worth visiting to relax, to meditate and to feel you the part of the nature.