Sunday, May 06, 2007

Bank Holiday Weekend Fun!

I have just got back from a couple of days away with mu husband. We drove to Glastonbury late Friday night to stay in a lovely little B&B just outside the town centre. On Saturay we visited Glastonbury Abbey, Chalice Well and we did lots of shopping. My aunt and uncle live in Devon and they drove down to meet us for the day and we got to show them around some of the main sites.

On Sunday we left after another delicious breakfast and decided to visit Cadbury Castle on the way home. It's more just an open bit of grassland up a big hill where an ancient Hill Fort used to be. There were beautiful views from the top and the atmosphere was magical. Afterwards we decided to extend our trip further and drive to Winchester (the other possible site of Camelot) and stopped off at Figsbury Rings which was another ancient fort. It was a grass circle wall surrounding a circular grass moat. It made for a fun pit-stop!

Winchester was a lovely town, lots of old Tudor style buildings and Medieval bits and pieces. We went to the Catheadral first which had Jane Austin's grave, lots of Green Men carved around the interior and some amazing stained glass inside. Then we went to the Great Hall and saw the Round Table with the Knights names painted on it. It doesn't date back to Camelot, but still it is about 600 years old which is pretty cool. Then of course there was more shopping (I bought so many books this weekend!) before driving the rest of the way back to dull, grey London... See photos below.

Glastonbury Tor (in the distance):

One of the Glastonbury Holy Thorn Trees around the local area, said to have grown when Joseph of Arimathea planted his staff in the ground when he arrived:

Stained Glass window in a church in Glastonbury featuring Joseph of Arimathea (on the left in purple):

A statue in the Glastobury Abbey grounds:

A duck in the duck pond in the Abbey grounds:

The ruins at Glastonbury Abbey:

The plaque at our B&B, hopefully we weren't the latter kind of guest!:

Cadbury Castle Hill Fort site:

The memorial to Jane Austin (her grave stone is on the ground in front of it) in Winchester Cathedral:

A tudor house in Winchester:


Stephanie said...

Wow! Looks like you guys had a wonderful trip!!

Daisy Cat said...

I love Glastonbury, went there a few years back and my friends and husband literally dragged me to the top of the Tor. It was worth it for the view though! Fantastic place.