The search for the Holy Grail ends here. For many, Glastonbury Tor - or the Isle of Avalon - is where King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table had their spiritual centre. The legend says that it was the gateway to the Otherworld.
It is easy to see why Christians followed the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic peoples who went before them in recognising this place as a spiritual or mystical place. The Chalice Well stands at the bottom of the Tor and has legends surrounding the worship of a goddess. There are carvings suggesting links to Excalibur, King Arthur's sword. The warm red water of the well is thought to be symbolic of Christ's blood at the Crucifixion. In recognition of all this, in 2001 the area of the well became a World Peace Garden and pilgrims from many faiths celebrate festivals here.
If pilgrimages are not your thing, Glastonbury Tor makes a lovely day out, owned and cared for by the National Trust. Still feels like a gateway to another world to me.
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