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Wonders, legends await a detour trip in England

By Rick Steves

This article was published September 3, 2017 at 2:03 a.m.

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The evocative ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, the first Christian sanctuary in the British Isles, stand mysteriously alive in a lush 36-acre park.

Lined with perfectly pickled 14th-century houses, Vicars’ Close in Wells, England, is the oldest continuously occupied complete street in Europe, buil...

England's scenic landscapes hold a mix of historic wonders and legends that go back to Camelot and before. Two of the best places to contemplate the country's mythic past -- Glastonbury and Wells -- are in southwest England. Both market towns were once stops for religious pilgrims a day's walk apart, and together make a great day-trip from Bath (and are within three hours of London).

Lined with perfectly pickled 14th-century houses, Vicars’ Close in Wells, England, is the oldest continuously occupied complete street in Europe, buil...

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