Market town in Somerset, England, on the river Brue; There is light industry and tourism. Nearby are two excavated lake villages thought to have been occupied for about 150 years before the Romans came to Britain. Glastonbury Tor, a hill with a ruined church tower, rises to 159 m/522 ft.
The first church on the site was traditionally founded in the 1st century by Joseph of Arimathea. Legend has it that he brought the Holy Grail to Glastonbury. The ruins of the Benedictine abbey built in the 10th and 11th centuries by Dunstan and his followers were excavated 1963 and the site of the grave of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere was thought to have been identified. One of Europe's largest pop festivals is held outside Glastonbury most years in June.