The spiritual home of the nearby Glastonbury Festival, hotels in Glastonbury town also fill up with those keen on history and heritage...
It was 1970 and a Somerset farmer, inspired by a local blues festival, decided to have a go at his own. Tickets sold for £1 each and famously came with free milk from the farm. Marc Bolan helped to entertain the 1,500-strong crowd.
These days the Glastonbury Festival – still held at Worthy Farm – attracts tens of thousands of devotees as well as the biggest names in the music world. The festival took its name from the town, even though it’s a 20-minute drive between the farm and Glastonbury (the town of Shepton Mallet is closer at only 10 minutes from the festival gates).
Glastonbury hotels attract visitors for the other 360 days of the year for a number of reasons – there’s the magnificent abbey, the Chalice Well, the Somerset Rural Life Museum and Glastonbury Tor, the landmark hill that offers tremendous views as far as Dorset and Wales. The Wookey Hole Caves are a 25-minute drive away, with Cheddar Gorge just 35 minutes away by car.
This all makes a Glastonbury hotels a terrific investment if you dream of seeing the cream of Somerset’s attractions.
To view the best deals on hotels simply use the search tool on TravelSupermarket and we’ll compare prices for you. Early booking is recommended, especially during summer and, of course, when the Glastonbury Festival attracts more than 100,000 revellers to the area – not all of whom will be happy camping in the fields.
Find out where to look to find the best Glastonbury hotels...
This small and ancient town in the Somerset Levels is an attractive place in which to spend some time. Thriving on the healthy tourism trade, there is much to see and do and plenty of hotels in which to enjoy a restful stay.
In the very centre of town, and with easy access to restaurants, pubs and shops, are a handful of good B&Bs, hotels and inns – some of which come with bundles of old-world charm.
For budget chain brand hotels from the likes of Premier Inn and Travelodge, look to the edges of the town centre, from where a walk of 25 minutes (or a five-minute drive) will deliver guests to the heart of Glastonbury.
Farm stays are also popular in this rural slice of England, though you will, of course, be staying further from the urban area where having a car is advisable.
If you are looking for accommodation during the music festival, check hotels in Glastonbury as well as those in Shepton Mallet.
Glastonbury is surrounded by some fine things to see and do...
Top five attractions
Set in almost 40 acres of parkland, one of Britain’s finest abbeys welcomes travellers with an award-winning museum and visitor centre.
Myth and legend surround this Neolithic wonder. Earthworks can be found all around the hill which is topped by the Grade I Listed St Michael’s Tower.
Chalice Well and Gardens
Like many sites around Glastonbury, there’s a certain air of legend around Chalice Well, which has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries. It was once known as ‘the blood spring’ owing to the reddish colour of its waters caused by iron deposits in the soil.
Lake Village Museum
A truly fascinating insight into ancient life can be found at this modest museum. It displays artefacts found in a prehistoric bog close to the village of Godney where evidence of early occupation was found.
RSPB Ham Wall
This large nature reserve offers delightful walks and several viewing platforms and hides from which to see the abundant wildlife.
As well as one of the world’s biggest music festivals, you’ll find plenty going on in Glastonbury...
Glastonbury Festival; June: Five days of live music from some of the biggest artists in the world. The setting is Worthy Farm, near Pilton. Past performers include U2, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, The Who – the list of greats goes on and on…
Mid-Somerset Show; August: The Mid-Somerset Show is held each year in nearby Shepton Mallet and is the largest agricultural show with free admission in England.
Glastonbury Carnival; November: Illuminated floats parade through the town centre as a carnival atmosphere warms up the evening – an evening capped with an impressive display of fireworks.