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Glastonbury is a many faceted place, probably most well known for the Tor, Chalice Well Gardens, Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset Rural Life Museum and St Margaret's Chapel and Royal Magdalene Almshouses, as well as the Glastonbury Festival (which is held 7 miles away). Glastonbury has also become renowned for its sacred trees, and Somerset for its cider orchards and contrasting landscape. Nearby places of interest include Wells, England's smallest city, Street (Clarks Village designer shopping outlet), and Wookey and Cheddar with their famous caves.
Glastonbury is a thriving market town with over 9,000 inhabitants. The town has an enchanting atmosphere, attractive shops, great places to eat - and offers a vast range of walks and public footpaths, many of which are the original paths that the monks and pilgrims used.
Next to the High Street stand the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey. This was the biggest and most important abbey in
its heyday. It is held that here Christianity first
arrived before spreading across the British Isles. Legend also links
Glastonbury both with Joseph of Arimathea and King Arthur, who is
said to be buried here with Queen Guinevere in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey.
There is a great deal on offer in this area. Besides Glastonbury there are lovely villages nearby and some interesting places to walk, such as the marshes, where one can follow the old monks' trails and - if feeling thirsty - visit some of the local cider farms. Nearby towns and places to visit include Wells (5 miles) with its magnificent Cathedral, and Street (2 miles) with the Clarks Shopping Village selling goods at factory prices, and Strode Theatre (theatre and cinema), mid Somerset's venue for the arts. Approximately 25 minutes drive away is Cheddar Gorge (12 miles away) with its maginificant caves and cliffs.
Wells, England's smallest city, has a very impressive gothic Cathedral
and many fine medieval buildings. Cheddar Gorge, in the north of
Somerset, boasts some beautiful scenery and views from the top of
the Gorge across the whole of Somerset.