Glastonbury Travel Guide

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Glastonbury Highlights

  • Pro
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     Quite, quite mad 

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     Heaving with tourists at certain times 

  • In a nutshell
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     A great place to visit - and leave 

Glastonbury Things to Do

  • The Chalice Well Gardens - tranquil...

    Glastonbury may have been spearheading New Age enlightenment for some years now but don't be fooled into thinking it's a haven of rest and relaxation. You'l certainly discover such things by walking down certain passages and through particular portals but for the most part Glastonbury is a busy tourist trap full of the same amount of traffic,...

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  • The Chalice Well

    If you enjoy visiting gardens & sacred places, the Chalice Well is for you. Just up the road from Glastonbury town centre, this is one of the oldest springs in England. It has healing properties, & is drinkable from the fountain. It’s at the base of the Tor so you can get a shuttle bus on the way which can drop you off at the entrance to the well....

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  • The Chalice Well

    One of the oldest and most consistently visited holy wells in all Britain, the Chalice Well is believed by some to be the last resting place of the Holy Grail (a few other sites in Britain also claim this distinction). Used by prehistoric man and held sacred by the druids, the site inspires the senses to a peaceful tranquility and soothes the mind...

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Glastonbury Restaurants

  • All you can eat buffet

    I have been to Brewers Fayre close to my home town a number of times. During a recent stay in Glastonbury I decided to try out the local Brewers Fayre because they have a different buffet for each day of the week. My first visit was on a Thursday which is curry night. They had a choice of 6 different curries, rice, naan bread and a limit number of...

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  • Olde Worlde Pub & Hotel

    We were walking past the George and Pilgrims' Hotel and it looked busy, and as we were hungry, we decided to try a meal. The public house is the oldest in the south west with a history going back to the early 15th century and the building was originally used to accommodate visitors to the abbey. Still used as a hotel, it is an unusual building with...

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  • Tasty fish & chips

    Whilst checking the internet for places to eat in Glastonbury I came upon Knight's Fish & Chips Restaurant. Having spent a busy day touring the area and being partial to fish & chips we decided to try a meal at Knight's. The restaurant has been owned and run by the Knight family since 1909 and is reputed to be the oldest fish and chips restaurant...

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Glastonbury Nightlife

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    Bikes at the Rifleman's, Glastonbury

    by Spincat Updated Jun 28, 2006

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    Historic pub
    ..though the history has been mainly between it and me!

    This is a small low-ceiling pub on the outskirts of Glastonbury that I first encountered on a warm summer night in late 80s. The back garden was full of bikers, witches, new agers, hippies, crusties and local people. I am not sayig the local people were that normal either...
    The bar served cider and home brew and the juke box played a mixture of Abba and old hippy classics.

    Nothing special maybe, to some people, but it had an atmosphere that night.

    Simple food (pasties and sandwiches) served - none of yer 'gastro pub' nonsense here.

    Dress Code: Dress code?
    Come as King Arthur, if you like - there may be another one in the bar though!

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Glastonbury Transportation

  • Bus

    Glastonbury isn't along the railway but buses from Bristol via Wells stop here (click on the website below to select timetables). Hop off and you can stop at the historic George and Pilgrim hotel and pub (picture) just a block from the bus stop. Lots of pilgrims have stayed here before you! Once in Glastonbury, you can walk everywhere it's that...

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  • How the Hell do I get Back??

    Now... getting back! This is tough. 200,000 people all trying to leave a country farm in an area with an infastructure that was built for a population of a few thousand who mostly own their own cars.Basically either leave on the sunday night when the music stops, very early on monday morning or late on monday once the crowds have dispersed. Most...

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  • How do I get there?

    Getting to Glastonbury is easy... getting back not so.On the way there people tend to arrive between wednesday and friday so it's neatly staggered. Trains and buses are packed but not too much. Without doubt the best and easiest public transport option is with National Express Coaches (www.nationalexpress.com) but they are booked up quite quickly....

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Glastonbury Shopping

  • Outlet shopping

    On a previous visit to Glastonbury last year I had seen the signs to Clarks Village but assumed it only sold Clarks shoes. Further investigation this year revealed it was more than an outlet selling shoes and was in fact a factory outlet village. The Village is well signposted and there are car parks at various locations around the centre. Because...

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  • Now floating west of Scotland...

    There is, is there not, an ever-ongoing Celtic revival? In fact I believe we are currently living through the revival of the last revival's revival. Personally I have long been particularly partial to things celtic - well, up to a point. I admire Celtic artistry and design, am in awe of the beautiful Lindisfarne Gospels, am too polite to mention...

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  • Clarks Village Outlet Shopping

    Clarks shoes are well know in many areas. The original factory for Clarks was near Glastonbury in the town of Street, just to the west. Now it is an outlet store mecca.The main attraction is the Clarks store. Here you will find a mother lode of shoes for women, children and men at discount prices. They have a regular shoe store also for current...

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Glastonbury Local Customs

  • Drum playing

    One of the rules on our campsite was 'no drum playing' - as if I would!! while walking through the town a couple of guys were strolling round the streets beating their drums for the pure joy of it .... excellent!!

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  • Campfires...

    Light a campfire when you've returned from all the music at night.You won't be able to find much wood laying about but you can buy sacks of eco-friendly material that'll be good to keep a fire burning for a night or two for about a fiver. Just don't leave it out in the rain.

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  • Toilets...

    You'll be at Glastonbury for a few days so going to the toilet here is not necessarily pleasant but definitely necessary.Generally, there's latrine type cubicles set up which are dotted around the place and are emptied regularly (although the heat makes the smell quite intense so don't camp just by them... that said, you'll probably be drinking a...

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Glastonbury Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch out when people watching!

    Well this is a problem faced by all photographers when they're trying to capture the essence of a place. You want to soak up the atmosphere and encapsulate it for those who can't be there. Now this isn't a problem when it comes to landscape, monuments and inanimate objects but people are different. You see someone worth snapping - but what do you...

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  • Silver Street & the road leading to the...

    Silver street has a nightclub and when it's closing time the area can be a bit dodgey. Also the road leading up to the Tor past the White Well has some homeless people living behind the wall of the Chalice Well, and is best avoided at night.

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  • Rain...

    On the night before the festival started in 2005, after several days of intense heat and sun the heavens opened and it rained extremely heavily all night. People were cheering the thunder cluds at first but the morning revealed the real devestation.. This Picture from the BBC shows the scenes in the morning. Although nobody died, several people...

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Glastonbury Tourist Traps

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    by Krumlovgirl Written Feb 22, 2006

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    Maybe I?m just a little old-fashioned, but this sounds like a rip-off. I?ll present the information as gathered off of its brochure though and let you draw your own conclusions?

    ?This unique inspiring course is the first year of a three year training to become a Priestess or Priest of Avalon.? It is a yearlong non-residential course in Glastonbury over the course of eight weekends. In the first year you explore the seasonal goddesses of the British landscape, connect to the energies of the isle of Avalon, learn what it means to become a priest or priestess of Avalon, design and make your own ceremonial tools, deepen your personal relationship to the goddess, and work with others to create a sacred space. The price is 915 pounds, or about $2000.

    www.isleofavalonfoundation.com

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Glastonbury What to Pack

  • Keep warm and dry.

    I've climbed a lot of things but I love the walk up Glastonbury Tor, it isn't always sunny, in fact I've been up there in thick snow and torrential rain so my advice is to always take warm and waterproof clothing, stout boots and if you possibly can, a thermos of tea and a mobile phone just in case. This isn't the alps but people have slipped off...

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  • PACK IT IN

    These things are essential for your trip to Glastonbury!1. A whale (If travelling from abroad do check your luggage allowance before departure)2. Plaintive music for the whale to sing (Nothing too modern. Whales actively dislike Britney Spears)3. Rechargeable batteries for your camera4. Rechargeable crystals for your soul5. Moustache wax...

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  • The Essentials....

    Bring Clothes for sun and rain. In 2005 it rained for the first time in weeks and most people were left unprepaired. Wellington Boots and raincoats sold out in an hour or so and most people were either walking around barefoot or with bagos on their feet. Unsurprisingly, in the months after the festival many people reported symptoms much less...

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Glastonbury Off The Beaten Path

  • The Glastonbury Goddess Temple

    In the courtyard in the Glastonbury experience you will find the Glastonbury Goddess Temple. It’s up some wooden stairs near the Avalon Centre, and is open four days a week 10-4pm most days. There are lit candles round the room, & you can pick up leaflets. The Glastonbury Goddess Temple opened at Imbolc (February 21) 2002, in the premises formerly...

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  • The buliding on top of the Tor...

    The buliding on top of the Tor is St Michael's Tower built by the christians as usual to dominate what was a pagan site it suvived the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1539. There have been wonderful archaelogical finds which add to the history and mystery of this unique site. Flints from the palaeolithic, mesolithic and neolithic...

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  • Animal antics

    Make sure you spend some time in the theatre field during the day. This pen of human gorillas were there in 2004 and I don't think I've seen anything as entertaining for ages!

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Glastonbury Sports & Outdoors

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    A creditable 21 points!! 1 more image

    by themajor Updated Sep 8, 2007

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    In my childhood days, when colour television was a dream and The Beatles were all getting along swimmingly, there were little booklets for children called 'I-Spy'. Themed in subjects like birds, transport, flowers, your mission was to accrue points by spotting and ticking off as many of the featured lists as possible. Fanatics could join the I-Spy Club - very popular in it's day - which was presided over by the unimaginatively named Big Chief I-Spy. About whom we have this internet snippet from his second in command.

    "My boss was X, a frightfully camp antiques trader with a shop in Camden Passage and a love of boys, pork chops, Italian food and the theatre. He smoked and coughed continuously, and would regularly drop inches of cigarette ash onto any papers I had on my desk. Overgenerous, kindhearted, intolerant, X was constantly, eyebrow-archingly astonished by me, the company for which we worked, everyone we came into contact with. His favourite (repeatable) expletive was "Chaaarming"... He was converting a chapel...into a home. It had but a single grave in its garden. It amused him tremendously that this was of the chapel's founder."

    Needless to say, points earned depended upon the ease which which something could be 'spotted'. Thus in the transport book, a Rolls Royce was bound to earn you more points than a Ford Anglia. With this in mind I should like to offer up a version just for Glastonbury...

    Man or woman with straggly hair - 1 point
    Barefoot man or woman (quite brave on UK streets) - 10 points
    Pixie/wizard/mad hat - 10 points
    Man or woman with crystal - 2 points
    Man or woman with piercing (visible) - 1 point
    Man or woman with piercing (hidden, but uncovered after a struggle) - 25 points
    Individual bearing staff (roughly hewn) - 5 points
    Individual bearing staff (varnished and with nice crooked twirly sections) - 10 points
    Individual bearing staff (topped with natural crystal or disconcerting skull) - 20 points
    Sir Ian McKellen bearing staff - 100 points

    ...you get the idea.

    Equipment: Keen eyes and a decent camera should you be fearful of any 'spot' being challenged and subsequently declared invalid.
    The Sir Ian McKellen is oft claimed but seldom substantiated.

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Glastonbury Favorites

  • Getting A Ticket

    Before you worry about the rain, the toilets, which bands you're going to see, what you're going to eat, where you're going to pitch camp, how you're going to get there etc etc there's one majorly difficult obstacle you muct overcome first.... getting a ticket.They usually sell out within 3 hours of going on sale and tend to go on sale in April...

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  • Getting A Ticket

    Before you worry about the rain, the toilets, which bands you're going to see, what you're going to eat, where you're going to pitch camp, how you're going to get there etc etc there's one majorly difficult obstacle you muct overcome first.... getting a ticket.They usually sell out within 3 hours of going on sale and ususally go on sale in April...

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  • View of Glastonbury Tor

    There's a magnificent view from a hill when one is driving from Bristol to Wells: Wells Cathedral below and Glastonbury Tor away in the distance.OK, the postcard here is a different one, but trust me - that view is a marvel!

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