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Glastonbury Town in Somerset

Photograph of Glastonbury


Glastonbury as seen from the Tor.

Glastonbury is a small market town of about 9,000 people situated near Wells in the Mendip District of eastern Somerset. The town is stands on the Somerset Levels.

Glastonbury Abbey was one of the most important abbeys in England, it was the site of Edmund Ironside's coronation as King of England in 1016. The Abbey is also rumoured to be the burial place of King Arthur although this has not been proven.

It is known that there has been some sort of settlement in this area since Neolithic times. The timber trackway known as the 'Sweet Track' confirms that. Some centuries later the Iron Age Glastonbury Lake Village grew around the former course of the River Brue. In the Middle Ages, Glastonbury became a centre for commerce and the town still contains many buildings of this period such as the Somerset Rural Life Museum and the Church of St John the Baptist.

Glastonbury is known nowadays for its Glastonbury Music Festival, held near the town in the village of Pilton. It is also a centre for New Age and spiritual visitors who come to immerse themselves in tales of the Isle of Avalon and search for their own Holy Grail. Glastonbury Tor and the Chalice Well also attract thousands of visitors every year.

Tourist Information

The nearest source of local information is available from Glastonbury Tourist Information Centre.

Events near Glastonbury

Mon, 22 Jul - Sun, 06 Oct (ca. 8 km)

'RE-FORMATION' Heritage Courtyard Studios Exhibition

Wed, 24 Jul - Sun, 01 Sep (ca. 8 km)

Summer Trails

Sat, 31 Aug (ca. 18 km)

NT Live: The Lehman Trilogy

Fri, 6 Sep (ca. 18 km)

Leather & Lace: The Rock Anthems and Power Ballads Show

Sun, 8 Sep (ca. 11 km)

St Margaret's Hospice Open Gardens at Midney Gardens, Mill Lane, Midney, Somerton

Sun, 8 Sep (ca. 8 km)

Rare Plant Fair at Bishops Palace Gardens

Fri, 13 Sep (ca. 21 km)

The Beach Boys Tribute Show

Sat, 14 Sep (ca. 8 km)

Medieval Falconry

Sat, 21 Sep (ca. 8 km)

Vintage Somerset Fair

Sat, 21 Sep (ca. 18 km)

Money For Nothing

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Dining out near Glastonbury


Abbey Tea Rooms, Glastonbury


Beah, Wells


Goodfellows, Wells


Glencot House, Wookey Hole


The Olive Mill, Bridgwater


Halfway House, Langport


The Natterjack Inn, Shepton Mallet

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Somerton, Shepton Mallet, Street and Wells.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:

arrowShepton Mallet






Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Glastonbury, Wells, Langport and Cheddar.

Nearby Attractions




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