If you’re looking for something a little, lets say, quirky, then Glastonbury is a must. For around 45 years Glastonbury has been home to the renowned music festival, where for five days of the year 135,000+ music fans descend from far and wide, on Somerset’s smallest town (nearby Worthy Farm).
When the excitement is over, Glastonbury once again turns into a more peaceful, mythical town of crystals and gems. Oh, and A-boards – but it is definitely worth being put on your ‘places to visit’ agenda.
THINGS TO DO
Things you must see when visiting include Glastonbury Abbey, the Chalice Well and Glastonbury Tor – which was today’s haunt. If you’re making a day of it, you’ll have plenty of time to do all three and enjoy a spot of lunch.
Glastonbury Tor is regarded as one of the most spiritual sites in the country. Its pagan roots are still very much alive today. There are entire websites dedicated to the Tor and the myths and legends that surround it – everything from whispers of the holy grail to aliens. Google it when you find yourself with time to spare.
You’ll see the Tor before you reach it. I was dreading dragging my ten year old son ‘all the way up’ thinking that I had a good couple of hours of grumbling ahead of me, but to my surprise the 280 (thereabouts) steps were not difficult to climb and took a mere 15 minutes. We are both reasonably fit but I’m sure that if your schedule was looking tight, half an hour each way would be sufficient time for most.
On the summit, at 158 meters, is St Michaels’ Tower, part of a 14th century church, built to replace a previous church that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1275. The amazing 360 degree views span not only across Somerset, but Dorset and Wiltshire too.
Glastonbury Tor is a great spot for a picnic in warmer months, but if you’d rather head into the town and have the comfort of tables and chairs, I’d recommend the Hundred Monkeys. Friendly staff, in a rustic but bright and airy café. If you enjoy al fresco dining, you’ll love their court yard – arrive early as it gets very busy.
Hundred Monkeys is a natural and organic foods café/restaurant specialising in vegan, gluten and dairy free meals. But it’s not all lentils and seeds. You can, if you wish, enjoy a Somerset beef burger with roasted garlic and oregano, bacon jam, organic cheddar cheese and garlic mayo. I chose from the daily specials menu and was surprised at the portion size of my butternut squash quiche, with leaves, quinoa and chutney. My son enjoyed a Margherita Pizzetta, and with a couple of soft drinks lunch came in at just under £20.
With full bellies it was time to make the journey home.