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Best English Traditional Places To Visit - Glasto - What's It All About?

Updated on May 2, 2011

If you are looking for best English traditional places to visit, you can not go wrong with Glasto.  Short for Glastonbury, this town is situated in the heart of England, deepest Somerset.  As suggested, there is a wealth of Somer in Somerset.

This is English traditional green and pleasant land. It is Glastonbury, the Isle of Avalon or 'apples' if you want the real term. But what's it all about?

Traditionally known as England's Jerusalem, Glasto, it's slang term, was shortened to such due to today's youth favour for 'hip' terminology. Of course when we talk of Glasto, we think of our world famous music festival - the great Glasto Festival! But Glastonbury is so much more than Eavis, Farmers, wellington boots and music. It is a lifestyle of myth, land, magick and more...

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Glastonbury Tor
Glastonbury Tor

St Michael's Tower

Courtesy of Rawac of Flickr
Courtesy of Rawac of Flickr

The Land For The Knowledge Seeker

A small town, which wraps itself round an almost vertical hill known as the Tor. A sleepy town, it's main street following the contours of the hill, seems to doze in it's shadow, and the rich green of the Mendip hills which lie to the North West of the town, give it an air of peace and silence, like pillows gathered towards a sleepers head. The air is sweet with a soft musk of incense, pervading the narrow streets; for this is the home of the spiritual people, and those whose quest is knowledge.

Above the town, like a sentinel rises the Tor, capped by St. Michael's Tower, and to one side the ruins of the old Abbey where within it's grounds grows the Holy Thorn tree it's parent, which is said sprang from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea, when he struck it into the earth on Wirreal Hill. The tree blooms every year, both at springtime and at Christmas

The Holy Grail?

King Arthur and the Holy Grail

In years gone by, Glastonbury was part of the Isle of Avalon, so called because what is now the green lushness of the English countryside, was once an island lake, with a town rising above it's crystal-clear water.

Avalon, steeped in ancient mysticism, with the tales of King Arthur, the Holy Grail, Merlin and the sword Excalibur, lend an enchantment to the beauty of the green hills and valleys. To watch the sun rise in all it's glory over the Tor, to see the golden rays as they strike through St. Michael's Tower on midsummer's morning, is to be transported back across the ages, to that far-away time, when Sir Lancelot rode to see his beloved Guinevere.

Cheddar Gorge

Wells Cathedral, Bath and Cheddar Gorge

Only eight miles away lay the fine old city of Wells, with its world- famous Cathedral and ancient clock. Bath is within striking distance, the city, named after the Roman bath, which can still be walked around today. The Cheddar Gorge, with its Labyrinth's of beautiful caves only wait to be explored. This 'must' for the visitor, lies only twelve miles from Glastonbury.

All in all, Glastonbury will give you a feast for the eye, wonder for the mind and succour for the soul.

Glasto - More than just a music festival

Glasto is not just about music festivals, although many have discovered themselves there - in a spiritual sense of course! This place is in the middle of nowhere but centred of everything - including the cosmos! So why not be lured to this English traditional town? Why not discover what's it all about for yourself? Reading about it doesn't make up for being there, so discover you in a place of wonder, beauty and .... err... well something else! Want to know more? Read more: Glastonbury – Our Isle Of Avalon.

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Tour of Glastonbury

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      IGotShoes.eu 

      6 years ago

      Hi, shaz, I love your Glasto hubs. , thank you so much!

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      No problem hauty... thanks :)

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      Haunty 

      8 years ago from Hungary

      Shaz, would you please tag these fantastic hubs with hubtrail-europe instead of just hubtrail. Works better. :)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Hi Nell... thank you... now there is no excuse - you must visit Glastonbury!! *wink*

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, shaz, I love your Glasto hubs. I never knew there was so much there until I saw the video. And I loved the way you wrote about it. very poetic! great stuff. cheers nell

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks Maita... you know here in Glasto, we believe that just thinking can make things happen - if you want it in your heart, you will come here one day. Just believe it.

      Oh Mothers day was done a few weeks ago over here.. but thanks anyway:)

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      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      thumbs up for the tour Shaz, and Happy Mothers Day to an inspirational, England and UK is a must place visit for me, but I dont have MOOLAH< earning for it,

      Happy Mothers Day my dear friend, Maita

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks Sandy! Glastonbury is the hip place to be! :)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Wrenfrost - I would guarantee you would love it in Glasto. There is more going on here than you would imagine! Thanks for reading:)

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Great hub on Glasto.

    • wrenfrost56 profile image

      wrenfrost56 

      8 years ago from U.K.

      Great hub, I didn't know anything about Glastonbury apart from the festival. This was very interesting and as ever well written. :)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      ediggity... Yes, I have been, in fact... as I type this, I can see the tor - I live here :)

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      ediggity 

      8 years ago

      Wow, that place looks really cool. I would love to visit there one day. Have you been?

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Prasetio - Welcome to Blake's Jerusalem. Hope you will visit someday:)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      LadyE... We are about 50 mins from Bristol, 40 mins from Burnham (not far from Weston super mare) and 50 mins from Bath. Coming to Glastonbury, as I said, you are in the middle of nowhere, but centre of everything. Next time you have a spare weekend, come over and see.

      The Rifleman's arms is the hub of music and atmosphere, should you want half of home made scrumpy! Leave the city life and come to the country :) x

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Sage - There could be an opportunity in the future....??? Someone like you will discover 'home' here. You mark my words - you don't know home until you have found it :)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Billyaus... If you want to find peace, you will find it here in happy hippy land! Glastonbury is about 'first do no harm' and love. Maybe you could revisit and 'become one' outside of the festival :)

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      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I got valuable information from you. I never know about this before. I like all about tradition and I found it here. Thumbs Up and good work. I rate this hub.

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      Elena 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Wow, I've heard of it but didn't know it was so gorgeous. Thanks for the nice pics and details of it's history.

      Best Wishes. :)

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      Sage Williams 

      8 years ago

      I have never had a chance to get to Glastonbury. Looks and sounds beautiful with a really nice history as well. Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed your hub.

      Sage

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      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      Went to the Glastonbury festival many years ago and was an incredible experience - I enjoyed the hub with everything ales about Glastonbury which I had no clue about :)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      jayjay - Spead the loooove... from glasto :)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Expats ... our scrumpy is fantastic, rather like our apples! Come to Glasto and become one :)

    • jayjay40 profile image

      jayjay40 

      8 years ago from Bristol England

      Love Glstonbury, it has a lovely feeling and I visit it often. Great hub,

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      expats 

      8 years ago from UK

      Never been to Glastonbury, I'm not keen on lots of mud. One thing though about England, we get so much rain there really is lots of green to admire.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Tony, it is the heart chakra of the world and is totally unique. When people get the calling, a path is made and they are drawn. Maybe Glastonbury is calling you? Well, you have a connection with Glastonbury - me! :)

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Would love to! My parents visited there many years ago and I have some of my mother's amazing photos. If ever I get to UK again I will definitely visit. It is on the list!

      Love and peace

      Tony

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Will you be taking a trip to Glasto tony? :)

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      I enjoyed this Hub on a fascinating subject.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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