A land steeped in magic and myth, Glastonbury is believed by some, to be the Isle of Apples, Ynis Witrin, the Land of Youth...Avalon. Tradition says Jesus once visited the holy place and that Joseph of Arimathea and his followers came to Avalon and built the first British church to house the Holy Grail. Glastonbury has been called England's "holyest earthe". King Arthur and Queen Guinevere are said to be buried beneath the ruins of the Abbey (though there is much debate on the matter) and you can visit the site itself.
It has long been a source of pilgrimage for people of all faiths, visitors from the world over making the trek into Somerset country to experience that certain "je-ne-sais-quoi" about the place, and because of its deeply spiritual nature, people of different faiths generally coexist peacefully.
Moreover, this place also provides fun and excitement at the annual, famous Glastonbury Festival, the biggest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. Started in the 1970s, this massive festival attracts thousands to hundreds of thousands of music-lovers every year. Big name artists, bands, and performers make it out to this famous festival and wow crowds on over 80 stages, giving hundreds of live performances for three jam-packed days.
Whether you're looking for the tranquilty and magic of Avalon or the riveting energy of the liveliest open ground music festival in the world, Glastonbury is definitely the place to be.
Top local sites include the Chalice Wells where iron-rich water ebbs from the ground in tranquil settings, the looming ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, the stark beauty of the Glastonbury Thorn tree as well as hiking to the summit of Glastonbury Tor.
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