After the crucifixion, lore has it that Joseph travelled to Britain with the Holy Grail, the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper and later by Joseph to catch His blood at the crucifixion. Upon arriving on the isle of Avalon, Joseph thrust his staff into the ground. In the morning, his staff had taken root and grown into a strange thorn bush, the sacred Glastonbury Thorn.
Joseph is said to have buried the Holy Grail just below the Tor, where a spring, now known as Chalice Well, began to flow and the water was supposed to bring eternal youth to whoever would drink it.
It is said that many years later, one of the quests of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table was the search for the Holy Grail.
The spectacular, extensive and majestic ruins of the Abbey are situated just off the town’s main High Street, where many of the shops are involved in the sale of mystical objects and artifacts. Glastonbury with its myths, legends and ley lines has become a centre for New Age culture and spiritual healing.
The town is rich with historic buildings. The Tourist Information Centre and Lake Village Museum are located in the Tribunal, a 15th century building thought to be an Abbey Court House. The Somerset Rural Life Museum is centered around a 14th century barn.