Glastonbury & Wells
Glastonbury, also known as Avalon, is the ancient resting place of King Arthur, and home (maybe) to the Holy Grail. Marked by its hill, or "tor," and located on England's most powerful line of prehistoric sites, the town gurgles with history and mystery. Nearby Wells gathers around its grand cathedral, and has more medieval buildings still doing what they were originally built to do than any town you'll visit.
At a Glance
▲▲ Glastonbury Abbey Once a leading Christian pilgrimage destination, now a lush park with some of England's finest abbey ruins — along with the purported gravesite of Arthur and Guinevere.
▲ Glastonbury Tor Holy hill topped with the remnants of a church tower and worth climbing for its sweeping views.
▲▲ Wells Cathedral England's first wholly Gothic cathedral, with an ornate facade and heavenly evensong service (except July–Aug).
▲ Bishop's Palace Home of the Bishop of Bath and Wells, with spectacular gardens.