It’s one of a kind

Given its close association with the world-famous Glastonbury Festival, you’d imagine Glastonbury itself is all alternative-living and spiritual shopping, and you’d be right! Atmosphere, mythology and legend are woven into the fabric of this market town, through handsome heritage buildings and left field independent shops.

Glastonbury, Somerset

It’s romantic and spiritual

The Isle of Avalon is rich in romantic, religious history. Glastonbury Tor dominates the skyline and the majestic ruins of Glastonbury Abbey lie just off the High Street – the town is thought to be positioned on ancient ley lines. The surrounding green pastures, golden reeds and big skies of Avalon Marshes are framed by the Mendip and Polden Hills. That’s weekend walks sorted!

Glastonbury, Somerset

There’s a community hub

The Red Brick Building is a social enterprise community centre in the former Morlands sheepskin factory, and home to the award-winning restaurant, Bocabar. It’s multi-purpose, offering hot-desking, artist and artisan work spaces, fitness classes, an FM radio-station and lots more.

Red Brick Bulding, Glastonbury, Somerset

There are plenty of local markets and shops too

Tuesday is market day. Browse the stalls at the Market Cross, Town Hall and Assembly Rooms (home of the original Glastonbury Festival). Enjoy fresh, local produce and a colourful array of exhibits by local talented residents. Specialist shops that you won’t find on your normal high street include spiritual sellers and alternative fashion and accessory boutiques. Indian store Dilliway and Dilliway stock everything from soap to huge antique doors and for the more mainstream, sheepskins at Draper & Co or head to Clarks Village outlet up the road in Street.

Glastonbury, Somerset

You’ll eat clean and green

Nourishing food options are plentiful in Glastonbury. Rainbow’s End has served simple, healthy vegan lunches for over 30 years in their canopied garden while just up the road, Hundred Monkeys puts an onus on using fresh, seasonal ingredients, just opposite the well-stocked wholefood store. Who’d a Thought It serves good restaurant staples and Bocabar (in The Red Brick Building) is perfect for a casual drink or celebration meal.

Glastonbury, Somerset

More Information

Glastonbury Schools:

Primary – St John’s C of E, St Benedict’s Junior
Secondary – St Dunstan’s

Prep – Millfield, Wells Cathedral
Senior – Millfield, Wells Cathedral

Rail Links:

Castle Cary (16miles) – Paddington
Templecombe (24miles) – Waterloo

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