Home to the UK's best-known music festival, most enduring legends and some of it's most beautiful rural scenery, Glastonbury is a great location for camping and glamping - even (some might say, especially) when the festival is not on. Glastonbury itself is a small town with the big attractions of its tor and abbey as well as a location in the very heart of the south west. The surrounding countryside, is peppered with excellent campsites, from small farm spots to family camping havens. The best of them can be found on our carefully selected shortlist.
The town of Glastonbury is used to welcoming campers and glampers thanks to the music festival that's been taking place at Worthy Farm for decades. And while pitching a tent on that famous farm is a rite of passage for many music lovers, Glastonbury is a worthy destination at any time of year. Spiritually significant, full of history and surrounded by beautiful scenery, why wouldn't you want to pitch up in Glastonbury? Forget the muddy scenes of wet years in the festival fields, with the rise-and-rise of glamping, you don't even have to have your own tent to enjoy a camping holiday here anymore. Choose a bell tent, yurt, tipi, treehouse or shepherd's hut for a spot of luxury camping if messing around with guy ropes is not your cup of tea. Whichever way you choose to go camping or glamping in Glastonbury, rest-assured that it’s one of the finest spots in Somerset.
A camping holiday in rural Glastonbury is just the right place to slow down and relax and you may be content to spend peaceful days enjoying campsite life but if you are looking for things to do in Glastonbury, you won't be disappointed. The town itself is a pleasant place to mosey around and pick up supplies and souvenirs of Somerset. Its big attraction is Glastonbury Abbey – right in the middle of town. The abbey has stood for 1,500 years and is thought to have been a place of worship for longer. It is linked to Joseph of Arimathea, who took care of the body of Jesus after the crucifixion, and is the burial place of King Arthur. Overlooking the town is Glastonbury’s other big attraction; Glastonbury Tor, a prominent hill topped with St Michael’s Tower – the remains of a 15th-century church, and one of the most-spiritually significant sites in England. On the solstices, the place draws pagans who come to celebrate the changing seasons but no matter when you visit, this hill in the middle of the flat Somerset Levels is worth the walk for the far-reaching views. Two springs are also considered spiritually significant in Glastonbury: the Chalice Well and White Spring so you might want to stop of for a drop of water while you’re in the area. Glastonbury is not only at the spiritual heart of Somerset, but at its physical one as well, which means it’s a great base from which to explore some of the county’s other best-known sites. It’s less than ten miles to Wookey Hole and just over that to Cheddar Gorge. England’s smallest city, Wells, is just a 15-minute drive away, the coast at Burnham-on-Sea is a half-hour drive and elegant Bath is within an hour.
Not just famed for its festival, the Somerset village of Glastonbury is renowned in its own right, the home of myths, legends and mystical British culture. Overlooked by Glastonbury Tor, the surrounding countryside, is peppered with excellent campsites, the best of which can be found on this carefully selected shortlist.