The Local Area

Glastonbury & The Local Area

Glastonbury is very quirky town with many colourful shops with incense fragrant in the air. It is steeped in history with ancient medieval sites, mythology and mystique. There are hippies, druids, finely dressed goddesses, pagans and many weird goings on. It is a wonderful location to sit and people watch. Enjoy the many cafes, bakeries, vegetarian eateries, plentiful bars, inns and local restaurants.

Glastonbury Abbey, reputed to be King Arthur’s burial place, is an old monastery ruin dating back to the 7th century.

The striking Glastonbury Tor, managed by the National Trust, stands proudly above the town of Glastonbury and all else around. It is 518ft high and is topped by the 15th century roofless St Michael's Tower and linked to Arthurian legend. It is mentioned in Celtic mythology and has other spiritual associations. The conical hilltop offers spectacular sunrises and sunset with wonderful views across the marshy Somerset Levels.

Local Places to Visit:

Chalice Well
The famed ancient holy well is surrounded by beautiful gardens, orchards and is a living sacred sanctuary. For over 2,000 this has been a popular place where visitors gather to drink the waters and find solace, quiet healing, peace and inspiration. It is located nestling in the Vale of Avalon between Chalice Hill and the famous Glastonbury Tor.

Glastonbury Abbey & Museum
Set in 37 acres of beautifully peaceful parkland are the fabled remains of a wealthy monastery with links to King Arthur and Guinevere. Christian legends have claimed that the abbey was founded by Joseph of Arimathea back in the 1st century. By the 14th century it was one of the richest and most powerful monasteries in England.

Bride’s Mound
Bride’s Mound is a small hill in an area called Beckery Island and just west of Glastonbury. It is becoming more a part of the Glastonbury landscape as the western gateway to Avalon.

Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth
The Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth resides in the churchyard of St John’s. It is a grass labyrinth of the classical seven circuit design. The pathway is marked out Blue Lias stone which is a local stone found on Glastonbury Tor.

Glastonbury Experience Courtyard
Just off the High Street and through an alley you will find a collection of fascinating and eclectic shops in a self-contained courtyard. Also home to the Library of Avalon and the Goddess Temple.

Local Places to Visit (continued):

Avalon Marshes
The Avalon Marshes is a spectacular and beautiful wetland area with lush vegetation and home to a diverse range of wildlife and haven for birds. Watch the spectacular starling murmurations in the reed beds, otters playing in the wild, booming bitterns, butterflies and dragonflies. There are many lovely trail, paths and lanes that can walked and cycled through the marshes.

There are a many nature reserves to be explored locally including Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve and Westhay Moor Nature Reserve with its shimmering lakes and reed beds, all of which attract wildlife enthusiasts, birdwatchers and anyone who loves nature.

Shopping

In Glastonbury has an eclectic collection of weird & wonderful shops offering a diverse range of alternative gifts and clothing to explore, these include …

  • Birdie's Yard - Local organic food co-operative
  • Burns & Bread - Craft bakery
  • Earthware Wholefoods - Local organic foodstuffs & fair trade store
  • The Speaking Tree - esoteric bookstore - www.speakingtree.co.uk
  • Stone Age - crystals & craft goods - www.stoneage.co.uk
  • Facets of Avalon - Gallery of jewellery, mosaics & local art
  • ShieldMaiden - All things Viking!
  • The Crystal Man - Minerals, crystals, fossils, carvings, etc.
  • Chalice Well Bookshop & Gifts - www.chalicewell.org.uk/shop

Glastonbury Tor

The striking Glastonbury Tor, managed by the National Trust, stands proudly above the town of Glastonbury and all else around. It is 518ft high and is topped by the 15th century roofless St Michael's Tower and linked to Arthurian legend. The Tor is mentioned in Celtic mythology and has many other spiritual associations and myths surrounding it. The popular conical terraced hilltop offers spectacular sunrises, sunsets and wonderful panoramic views across the Somerset Levels.

Eat & Drink

Hunter’s Moon is just a short distance from a variety of restaurants, pubs, takeaways and supermarkets.

Local Pubs & Restaurants

The Red Lion at West Pennard - 1.5 miles from Hunter’s Moon Local ales and home cooked food for lunch and dinner. www.thelionatpennard.co.uk or call 01458 832941

BocaBar, Glastonbury - 6 miles from Hunter’s Moon. A cosy and relaxed venue with regular live music - perfect for dinner or drinks. www.glastonbury.bocabar.co.uk or call 01458 440558

Tamburino’s, Street - 7 miles from Hunter’s Moon Authentic Italian cuisine in a Mediterranean setting. Booking advised. www.tamburino.co.uk or call 01458 447570

The Red Lion at Babcary - 7 miles away. Award winning Somerset pub serving a mix of gastro dishes along with pub classics. www.redlionbabcary.co.uk or call 01458 223230

The Sheppey, nr. Godney - 10 miles away from Hunter’s Moon in the heart of the Somerset Levels, you’ll find modern European food, an eclectic mix of musicians and a constantly changing roster of beers, ales and local ciders. www.thesheppey.co.uk or call 01458 831594

Rose & Portcullis, Butleigh - 15 minute drive. Great steaks at weekends www.roseandportcullis.co.uk or call 01458 831594

Local Recommendations:

  • Good breakfast at the 'Lazy Gecko' opposite the Abbey
  • Other good cafes include - 'Blue Note' and 'Hundred Monkeys' in Glastonbury High Street. These are also good for lunch.
  • Famous fish & chip shop is 'Knights' in Glastonbury town centre (fresh fish every day from Brixham). Eat in or take away.
  • Plenty of pubs & restaurants in & around Glastonbury High Street. 'Who'd a Thought It' has good food and interesting memorabilia on the walls
  • Amazing Chinese takeaway Golden House in Street
  • Thai food at the Thai Elephant
  • Weekly street, country & farmers markets in Glastonbury

Takeaways

  • The Tor Takeaway, Glastonbury - 01458 831268
  • Oriental Chef, Glastonbury - 01458 835219
  • Knights Fish Restaurant, Glastonbury - 01458 831882
  • Ocean House, Street - 01458 446429

Supermarkets

  • Morrisons, Glastonbury - 5 miles
  • Co-op, Glastonbury - 5 miles (8 till late)
  • Tesco, Glastonbury - 6 miles
  • Aldi, Glastonbury -  7 miles
  • Sainsbury’s, Street - 8 miles
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