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Glastonbury Tor Community Bus - Service 196 - Operating 1 April to 30 September only

Introduction

The Tor bus takes you quickly and easily up to Glastonbury Tor (NO PARKING IS AVAILABLE). The route operates from St. Dunstans Car Park by the Town Hall, along Magdalene Street, Bere Lane, Chilkwell Street, Coursing Batch, Ashwell Lane, and Basketfield Lane to the Tor. The return journey will be through the housing estate known as Windmill Hill where there will be a number of stops returning to St Dunstans Car Park via Glastonbury High Street.

Ticket Prices

Adult £3.00. Children to age 16, £1.50.
Family ticket (2 adults 2 children) £7.50.
Concessionary Travel Passes accepted.

If you wish you can take the bus to the Tor only and walk back down to the town centre on foot. This is a very pleasant descending walk via Bushy Combe and Dod Lane.

Somerset Rural Life Museum

At Somerset Rural Life Museum you can explore rural life from the 1800s onwards and discover more about the county's heritage including its landscape, food and farming, working life and rural crafts.

The Museum is on the site of what was formerly Abbey Farm. The farmhouse is now home to a range of galleries and a further two can be found in what were once the farm's cow sheds. The magnificent 14th-century Abbey Barn is one of the West Country's finest buildings and the centrepiece of the site.

Families can explore the farm's history on a trail around the site that includes the farmyard and orchard. Seasonal celebrations, rural craft workshops and talks mean there is always something new to experience.

Somerset Rural Life Museum re-opened in June 2017 following a major, £2.4 million redevelopment led by the South West Heritage Trust.

Opening Times:
Easter to the end of October: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
November to Easter: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm

Admission:
Adult £6:00
Concessions £4.95 (over 60s/students 18-25 years/those receiving state benefits)
Child £2.75 (under 18 years)
Under 5s are free

The Museum has its own cafe, which is free to enter, and on-site car parking (visitors paying admission to the Museum will receive a car parking refund on entry). The Museum buildings are accessible, with a lift, accessible toilets and automatic doors.

The Chalice Well and Gardens

Christian mythology suggests that Chalice Well marks the site where Joseph of Arimathea placed the chalice that had caught the drops of Christ's blood at the Crucifixion, linking the Well to the wealth of speculation surrounding the existence of the Holy Grail. The red of the water is also said by some Christians to represent the rusty iron nails used at the Crucifixion. Frequent events are held in the grounds of Chalice Well including annual celebrations for the winter and summer solstices. The gardens are open every day of the year.

Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor is a landmark for miles around. It features the roofless St. Michael's Tower. The site is managed by the National Trust.

Tor is a local word of Celtic origin meaning 'conical hill'. The Tor has a striking location in the middle of a plain called the Summerland Meadows, part of the Somerset Levels. The plain is actually reclaimed fenland out of which the Tor rose like an island, but now, with the surrounding flats, is a peninsula washed on three sides by the river Brue. The remains of Glastonbury Lake Village were identified in 1892, showing that there was an Iron Age settlement about 300-200 BC on what was an easily defended island in the fens. Earthworks and Roman remains prove later occupation. The spot seems to have been called Ynys yr Afalon (meaning 'The Isle of Avalon') by the Britons, and it is believed to be the Avalon of Arthurian legend.

(Please note there are no public conveniences at the Tor.)

This service is supported by Glastonbury Town Council and Somerset County Council.