Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor information

Lonely Planet review

The iconic hump of Glastonbury Tor looms up from flat fields to the northwest of town. This 160m-high grassy mound provides glorious views over the surrounding countryside, and a focal point for a bewildering array of myths. According to some it's the home of a faery king, while an old Celtic legend identifies it as the stronghold of Gwyn ap Nudd (ruler of Annwyn, the Underworld) – but the most famous legend identifies the tor as the mythic Isle of Avalon, where King Arthur was taken after being mortally wounded in battle by his nephew Mordred, and where Britain's 'once and future king' sleeps until his country calls again.

Whatever the truth of the legends, the tor has been a site of pilgrimage for many years, and was once topped by the medieval chapel of St Michael , although today only the tower remains.

It takes about 45 minutes to walk up and down the tor, plus an extra half-hour to walk from town. The regular Tor Bus from Dunstan's car park stops at Chalice Well, near the start of the main trail on Well House Lane.