Traveling to Glastonbury from London can be a bit tricky, as there is no direct way to get there, unless you are driving yourself. The best way to get there is by taking the First Great Western over ground train from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads. From there, you will want to take a bus 376, which departs every 30 minutes, to Glastonbury. This trip can take between 3 to 4 hours, but it is well worth it. For a small town, Glastonbury has much to offer.
A small town in Somerset, England, Glastonbury is just south of Bristol. The town has been inhabited since Neolithic times and has been described as a New Age community. Glastonbury history is rich in myths and legends which are often related to Glastonbury Tor, as well as Joseph of Arimathea, the Holy Grail and King Arthur. It is also documented that in the dark times, the legends of “The Isle of Avalon” was the place of the dead, a sacred burial ground, and later a druidical college.
The Glastonbury Abbey is set in 37 acres of a peaceful park in the centre of the ancient market town. It is the first Christian sanctuary in Great Britain and has been visited by Joseph of Arimathea and Saints David & Patrick. The ruins of the Abbey are unique and the grounds provide a tranquil spot to reflect. Some even believe that King Arthur and Queen Guinevere are buried beneath the Abbey. On site, there is also an award winning museum with a model of the how the Abbey might have looked back in 1539, as well as the glorious 16th century Othery Cope.
If you plan on traveling for the Glastonbury Festival, make sure you book your train tickets in advance, as the five-day festival brings in big crowds and tourists. The festival entails contemporary music performances as well as dance, comedy, theatre, cabaret, and art events. Over the years, big names have headlined the festival and films and albums have been recorded there. Glastonbury is the largest green field festival in the world and has been attended by up to 175,000 people. Most costs and fees are donated to charity and the event has been inspired by the ethos of the hippie, counterculture. The festival happens every year, expect for “Fallow years:” which allows the land, local population, and the organizer a break every 5 years.
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