Glastonbury Tor is a hill on the eastern edge of Glastonbury that attracts visitors from all over the world. A scheduled monument, Glastonbury Tor stands over 500 feet above sea level and St. Michael’s Tower sits atop it. The views of the surrounding landscape are spectacular.
The weather plays an important part in the character of the Tor as a sunny day provides a vastly different experience to a misty or heavy fog day. Don’t be put off by weather as the experience at the top can be wonderful even on bleak days.
Cap Parking is only for disabled drivers and it is located at the top of Well House Lane near the upper entrance to the Tor. For all other drivers you can pay to park at Drapers on Chilkwell street (£2 for three hours) or park in town and walk through the town to the Tor. There are a couple of different routes so just follow the signs.
If you walk from town and stroll along Chilkwell Street you can also visit the Chalice Well and the White Spring. On Well House lane there are two natural water sources and the white spring is often open in the middle of the day throughout the year (depending on volunteers).
Glastonbury Tor offers wonderful walking and glorious views of the surrounding area. If you stick to the pathways you can climb up from the bottom of well house lane and then explore the orchard by descending the other side. You can also follow pathways around the base of the Tor for different views of the Tor itself and some nice walks through the woods.
To learn more about Glastonbury Tor visit its Wikipedia entry
Other Places to Visit...
Shapwick Heath and Ham Wall are absolutely spectacular RSPB nature reserves and are only two of several in the area.
With hundreds of walks to choose from you could literally walk for weeks throughout Somerset. Locally you are particularly spoiled with walks that take you via the Tor, the many bird sanctuaries and the spectacular Somerset Levels.
Wells Cathedral attracts thousands of visitors a year and is an amazing day out for the whole family. You can hear the choir practise as well as explore the many rooms and walkways within the grounds. Also check out the Bishops Palace and the streets around the cathedral.