Ley-lines converge, white witches convene and every shop is filled with the aroma of smouldering joss-sticks in good old Glastonbury, the southwest's undisputed capital of alternative culture. Now famous for its annual musical mudfest held on Michael Eavis' farm in nearby Pilton, Glastonbury has a much older and more mysterious past: the town's iconic Tor was an important pagan site, and is rumoured by some to be the mythical Isle of Avalon, King Arthur's last resting place. It's also allegedly one of the world's great spiritual nodes, marking the meeting point of many mystical lines of power – so if you feel the need to get your chakras realigned, this is definitely the place. Whatever the truth of the various legends swirling round Glastonbury, one thing's for certain – watching the sunrise from the top of the Tor is an experience you definitely won't forget in a hurry.
Need to know
Glastonbury destination guides
Mini guide to Somerset, England
The sleepy Somerset landscape is one of hedgerows and russet-coloured fields scattered with ancient sites and steeped in folklore. The cathedral city of Wells sits at its centre, making a good base for exploring the limestone caves of Cheddar, the hippie haven of Glastonbury and the misty Quantock and Mendip Hills.
Small-Group Day Trip to Stonehenge, Glastonbury and Avebury from London
If you’re fascinated by England’s mysteries, from the legends of King Arthur and the mystical island of Avalon to the ancient stone circles in the former Kingdom of Wessex, then this day trip from London to Stonehenge, Glastonbury and Avebury was made for you! On this small-group tour, enjoy the English countryside, see some of its most legendary attractions including the Glas.
10 places of myth and legend
Even though we can get to the other side of the world in less than a day, there are still places that resist becoming everyday. Over the centuries they have accumulated tall stories like Manhattan accumulates tall buildings. So pack your compass, reading glasses and imagination for a journey to sites of myth and legend.