Five Bri­tish pil­grim­age sites

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Join other way­far­ers at these an­cient and sa­cred places.

Stone­henge and Ave­bury stone cir­cles, Wilt­shire

Sol­stice gath­er­ings of druids at the UK’s most fa­mous stone cir­cle are well known, but at other times of the year it’s im­pos­si­ble to get close to the mega­liths. Bet­ter to head to nearby Ave­bury for more con­ve­nient stone-hug­ging.

Bard­sey Is­land, Wales

Bard­sey was a ma­jor pil­grim­age des­ti­na­tion in me­dieval times, and is still a des­ti­na­tion for any­one seek­ing a spir­i­tual place.

Wals­ing­ham, Nor­folk

Fol­low­ing a vi­sion of the Vir­gin Mary, a rich widow called Richeldis de Faverches built a shrine here in the 11th cen­tury. The site has re­mained sig­nif­i­cant for Ro­man Catholics, and still at­tracts 100,000 pil­grims a year.

Iona, In­ner He­brides, Scot­land

Iona has been a cen­tre of spir­i­tu­al­ity since Saint Columba es­tab­lished a monastery here in AD653. It now at­tracts vis­i­tors on re­li­gious and sec­u­lar re­treats.

Glas­ton­bury Tor, Som­er­set

Glas­ton­bury at­tracts both Chris­tians and non-be­liev­ers. The town may be full of crys­tal shops but up on the Tor, it’s all about the view and King Arthur.

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