Glastonbury is a Somerset market town and a Mad Max Tours old favourite, which has been famous well before Christianity arrived on these shores. The stunning Glastonbury Tor which rises out of the Somerset levels has been a place of worship for centuries .
In Celtic times there was a druidic college of instruction at Glastonbury. There is also evidence of a maze that runs around the hill, even older than the Celts. This may have been a processional walkway to the top of the Tor. Back in Roman times this area was navigable from the sea and merchants would come here to trade in lead from the Mendip hills .
There are stories that Joseph of Arimathea brought the young Jesus with him on one of these trading expeditions. Other stories say that he brought the blood of Jesus with him in a chalice from the last supper. The treasure was hidden in the natural spring at the base of the Tor which has been known as the Chalice Well for many hundreds of years. Whatever your thoughts on these legends from the past, Glastonbury was certainly a very powerful Abbey , in fact it was the wealthiest abbey in England until the time when Henry VIII had the last abbot hung, drawn and quartered on the top of Glastonbury Tor! Nowadays it is a place of pilgrimage for many who are searching for spiritual guidance or an alternative approach to life.
Every year in June is the famous Glastonbury festival which takes places a few miles from the town at Worthy farm in Pilton. This started as a free performing arts festival and has grown into a huge event. In 2013 over 135000 people attended. The actual town itself has some very interesting historical buildings including the ruin of the abbey itself, which is believed to be the last resting place of King Arthur and Quinevere. Also the George and Pilgrims pub which dates back to the 15th century and was built to house the visitors to the abbey.