Glastonbury holds an unparalleled place in the hearts and minds of the British people. Regarded by many as ‘the holiest earth in England’, its history, myths and legends are unsurpassed in their extraordinary capacity to stir the imagination.
Glastonbury is reputed to be an ancient pagan site and the cradle of Christianity. According to tradition, the uncle of Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea, brought the Holy Grail here and founded the first Christian sanctuary in AD37. Later Glastonbury became known as the ‘Isle of Avalon’ where many great Arthurian adventures took place and where King Arthur is said to be buried.
Visitors from all over the world are attracted by this rich and colourful tapestry. Some come to climb the Tor, to sample the healing springs of Chalice Well, to wander round the Abbey ruins and hear about its magnificent history. Others come for the mystical experience, the indefinable atmosphere, the peculiar light and strangely sculptured landscape.
Culture & tourism: Glastonbury is unique in that it hosts a wide variety of annual gatherings and celebrations which mirror its ancient sanctity. And of course everyone knows Glastonbury from the largest annual music and arts festival that takes place in Pilton, 6 miles outside the town itself.
Other events in Glastonbury town include:
The Anglican Pilgrimage, Catholic Pilgrimage, Chalice Well events, Glastonbury Abbey events, Glastonbury Carnival, Glastonbury Extravaganza, Glastonbury Symposium, Goddess Conference, Megalithomania, Druid Gatherings, Solstice and Equinox celebrations, meditation, healing and yoga events.
For art lovers and bibliophiles there is the annual Wells Literary Festival, Somerset Arts Week and the internationally renowned Hauser & Wirth Gallery in Bruton. This is not to mention music gigs held in various venues, including one-off concerts by Van Morrison, Ray Davies and many other great musical stars.