History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Glastonbury Tor stands at the eastern edge of Glastonbury village, looking down on the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey to the west. At the very foot of the Tor is Chalice Well, a medieval well reputed to have healing and spiritual powers. The hill itself is ascended by way of a long path which switches back and forth up the slope. At the top is a 15th-century tower, all that is left of a medieval church dedicated to St Michael.
Glastonbury Tor is reputed to be the mystical 'Isle of Avalon'; the place where King Arthur was taken after his final battle, to recover from his wounds, and prepare to rise again in his country's hour of greatest need.
Glastonbury Tor is an open-access site, which means that visitors are free to ascend the Tor to enjoy an unforgettable sunrise or sunset. For excellent views of the Tor, try ascending the neighbouring hill, Wearyall Hill, said to be the site where Joseph of Arimathea landed at Glastonbury.
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About Glastonbury Tor
Address: A361, Glastonbury, Somerset, England
Attraction Type: Countryside - Monument
Location: Park and ride buses leave from Glastonbury town centre to the Tor. Or, the base of the Tor is a short walk along the A361, and is well signposted.
Website: Glastonbury Tor
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Glastonbury Tribunal - 0.7 miles (Museum)
Glastonbury Abbey - 0.8 miles (Abbey)
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Meare Fish House - 4 miles (Historic Building)
Burcott Mill - 4.4 miles (Historic Building)
Wells Bishop's Palace - 5.1 miles (Historic Building)
Wells Cathedral - 5.1 miles (Cathedral)
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