There is no doubting that Glastonbury is a very unique town. It’s eccentric and beautiful and it attracts people from all walks of life, from the travellers living in an old ambulance at the bottom of Glastonbury Tor to young families starting anew from that London.
The high street is a great place to walk down. Lots of interesting shops (some tat too), many lovely looking cafes (and an odd smelling raw foods one too) and a great bakers. This place is the best place for people watching too, as you can imagine.
The town even has its own mural by Stik!
There’s a couple of slightly hidden courtyards too. One featuring the legendary Assembly Rooms.
The other contains the Goddess temple, a really nice cafe called the Blue Note – Emma and I had a coffee here and we sat in their wonderful shady courtyard relaxing and eating a yummy cake – and the most wonderful shop, Star Child. Star Child makes totally natural oils, perfumes and incense. The shop is beautiful, all big wooden cabinets with hundreds of glass storage jars. I treated myself to a perfume made from the birch tree, which smells absolutely divine.
Slightly off the beaten track is a little place called the White Spring. It’s a spring that emerges from underneath Glastonbury Tor and a temple has been created out of an old Victorian well house. Outside is a sign reading “CAUTION, NAKED FLAMES, DEEP WATER AND FAERIE PORTALS. ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK.” – Very Glastonbury! Inside it is dark and lit only by candlelight and there are pools to bathe in if you want to and channels along the floors carrying the spring water. I walked around barefoot for a little bit, but had to hurriedly put my sandals back on after finding the water painfully cold. Arthur LOVED it in there and managed to get himself soaked. Even if you’re not pagan, this is a wonderful place for some quiet contemplation and meditation. Outside is a lovely little garden and a place to fill your water bottles up with spring water.
Next door is the Chalice Well, another spring, this time the water rich in iron. We didn’t go in as they charge a small fee, but it looks lovely. Away from the temples and shops, there is so much to see in Glastonbury, I could walk through this town and explore its streets forever, there is always something around the next corner. I can’t wait to visit again.