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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

Regrettably, this year the Rural Life Museum will be closed for major refurbishment and therefore no fixed stop will be provided. However an 'on request' stop will be permitted to service the local community.

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.