Staycation holidays have never been so popular, which means many of our favourite tourist spots are busy and time slots for popular attractions are overwhelmed with bookings. Here are some tips about places to visit in Glastonbury, Somerset. They will hopefully be a little quieter, a little less well known and are somewhere to relax rather than experiencing hustle and bustle! So, if you'd looking to holiday in Somerset or Glastonbury itself, take a look at our suggestions…
Ok, we admit that this is the most obvious choice for Glastonbury, but the locals love it too! One of the most photographed places in Somerset, the iconic hill has been a spiritual magnet for centuries. The Tor is steeped in history, mystery and legend. The tower itself is all that remains of the 14th century church of St Michael, which replaced a church destroyed by an earthquake. Though now only a tower, you will be able to view carvings which illustrate how it was previously decorated.
Should you make the climb to the top, you will be rewarded with the most stunning 360 degree view. Photographers and tourists alike visit from dusk til dawn to capture the magnificent vista. Visiting on a clear day will ensure you have the best views. Trip Advisor has some great tips for those wanting to visit.
16 minutes from Glastonbury is the beautiful city of Wells, which is steeped in history and houses a magnificent cathedral and the moated Bishop's Palace. Often called the smallest city in the country, Wells is smaller and less touristy than nearby Bath. With its selection of cafes, bars and restaurants, you'll have plenty of options for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. Plus, the architecture is stunning.
Glastonbury Mural Trail
The trail is an outdoor gallery, which has become part of the town's visual landscape. Through public art, the team at the trail want to inspire people and create a sense of pride within the community. Creativity is key in Glastonbury and cultural vibrancy shines bright here. A truly stunning selection of vistas await. The piece shown here was created by a Canadian artist, showing that while the artwork in local to Glastonbury, it involves a vast array of artists from around the world. Free, fabulous and one to see with your own eyes.
Off we go to the tranquil surroundings of the Avalon Marshes. This vibrant, working wetland landscape is known for its rich heritage, wildlife and colour. This is a place to escape the hustle and bustle in this idyllic area of Somerset. You'll see a range of wildlife courtesy of the nature reserves, which can be accessed by paths, trails and hides. You can explore the marshes via a variety of means, whether it's walking the footpaths or cycling on the cycleways. Bring your binoculars, bring your camera, you're in for a treat.
As with everything involving the area, Glastonbury Abbey is steeped in history and legend. It is the burial place of King Arthur. Situated within 36 acres of grounds, it is a tranquil and peaceful space that also plays host to a range of events and activities. It was a monastery, founded in the 8th century and enlarged in the 10th. It was destroyed by a fire in 1184, but subsequently rebuilt. By the 14th century it was one of the richest and most powerful monasteries in England.
The ruins of Glastonbury Abbey were purchased by the Bath and Wells Diocesan Trust in 1908. They are now the property of and managed by the Glastonbury Abbey trust.
Somerset Rural Life Museum
Again, in Glastonbury itself, the Rural Life Museum enables visitors to explore rural life in Somerset from the 1800s onwards. You can discover more about the county's heritage including its landscape, food and farming, working life and rural crafts. Set in the shadow of Glastonbury Tor, you'll feel immersed in the culture of this special town and county.
Chalice Well and Gardens
Situated at the foot of the Tor, the natural spring and surrounding gardens are a place of solace, tranquility and mindfulness. The well has likely been in constant use for at least 2,000 years and has never failed, even during drought. Iron oxide deposits give the water a reddish hue. Like the hot springs in the nearby city of Bath, the water is reputed to possess healing qualities.
It is, therefore, seen as a sacred place and a beacon of hope. Be aware, there is no parking available on site, unless you possess a Blue Badge. However, it is on a park and ride route and a 10 – 15 minute walk from the town centre.
Glastonbury High Street
At the heart of medieval Glastonbury is the High Street, which was known as 'The Great Street' until the 14th century. At that time, the tourist trade was primarily visiting pilgrims. The town was home to a thriving cloth industry. Wool was woven and dyed in the town. It seems fitting that today, the High Street is full of quirky shops selling various clothing garments and vintage items. The architecture is a reminder of the town's history. Cafes line the street and you'll find a wide variety of food on offer, often from local suppliers.
Finally, it's time for a trip to the seaside and we're off to Burnham-on-Sea! Just 30 minutes from Glastonbury, it is situated at the mouth of the River Parrett, on Bridgwater Bay. Originally a small fishing village until the late 18th century, it began to increase in size due its popularity as a seaside resort. The town has had three lighthouses in recent years and this beach lighthouse is a Grade II Heritage listed structure. It adorns many postcards and calendars and provides photographers with some excellent photos.
Glastonbury has much to offer, as does Somerset as a whole. Our 5 star rated and independently owned holiday park for adults, Old Oaks Touring and Glamping Park, is situated in Glastonbury and is within a mile of the Tor. This state of the art park is waiting to welcome you and your canine companions! They are super friendly, full of local knowledge and host visiting food providers regularly.