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Glastonbury Tor
  Glastonbury Abbey and Glastonbury Tor – Glastonbury is rich with legends of the Holy Grail and King Arthur. Glastonbury Abbey, a crumbly ruin, was built on an old church that dates back to the second century. According to legend, Joseph of Armithea and St. Patrick visited the old church. In the 12th century, it is believed that the tombs of King Arthur and Guinevere were found in the abbey grounds. A century later, the bones were reburied in front of the high altar. The Visitor's Centre has a model of what the Abbey looked like in the 16th century.
   

Besides the Abbey, visit Glastonbury Tor and Chalice Hill. According to local lore, Chalice Hill is the spot where the chalice used at the Last Supper, the Holy Grail, is buried. At the top of the Tor, topped by the St. Michael's tower, you'll have a magical view of the Somerset countryside.

There are two foot paths up Glastonbury Tor from the town of Glastonbury. The one that goes up the front of the hill is shorter, and one that goes round back is more "countrified," and slightly longer. Allow about an hour to climb up (although if your kids are speedy, it could take much less time.)

   

Cheddar Gorge – Cheddar Gorge is a dramatic rock formation of limestone rocks pitted with holes and caves. Kids will have fun taking the 1 1/2 hour tour of a cave chock full of stalactites and stalagmites (caves were once used to age the cheeses).

Also, stop in the village of Cheddar to visit a cheese factory and see how real English cheddar is made.

kids books somserset king arthur england
     
Arthur of Albion legends king arthur kids  
Arthur of Albion
John Matthews, Pavel Tatarnikov

"A king shall come who shall rule over these lands, and his name shall be Arthur." All the magical stories of King Arthur and Camelot, Merlin the wise, and the realm of Albion, the name for England in the mists of time. Enchanting illustrations! (Illustrated chapter book)

 

     

The Squire's Tales series:
The Legend of the King
Gerald Morris

In the final book of the series that began when Terence was a lowly squire (The Squire's Tale), he's now again in the service of King Arthur and dark forces are at work in England. Terence and his fellow knights unite to try to save Camelot. Action-packed, funny, and good for older kids. (Chapter book)

For younger kids, Knights' Tales: The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great, Sir Givret the Short, and Sir Gawain the True

 

 
The Legend of the King arthur
     
Heart of the Hill glastonbury tor legend king arthur kids  
Heart of the Hill
Adrea Spalding

Glastonbury Tor guards a cave deep inside the hill, and it's up to four children to walk the Spiral Labyrinth, find an entrance to the Crystal Cave and retrieve the staff of Merlin. Local legends of King Arthur, Merlin and the Tor are beautifully interwoven into this fantasy story. (Chapter book)

 

(More children's books on other England pages)
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