Glastonbury Camping: All you need to know

Thanks to Michael and Emily Eavis, the Somerset town of Glastonbury is probably best known for its eponymous music festival, but it also boasts a long and fascinating history, rich in myth, folklore, and legend.

In Arthurian times (in the fifth and sixth centuries), Glastonbury was known as Avalon, an ‘Isle of enchantment’, and it retains its mystical atmosphere to this day. A dizzying blend of history, culture, whimsy, eccentricity and colour will be sure to make your visit a memorable one.

 

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THINGS TO DO IN GLASTONBURY

Despite its diminutive size, the Somerset town has plenty to offer, long after Glastonbury Festival has been and gone for the year! It’s a great place to explore, bursting with enough magic, myth and legend to keep everyone entertained.

1. GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL, WORTHY FARM

We couldn’t feature Glastonbury without mentioning the legendary Glastonbury Festival! If you’re lucky enough to get tickets, you’re in for a treat. Founder Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily, have put together one of the most epic festivals on the planet, a five-day musical extravaganza featuring a world-beating lineup of artists and entertainment,

 

If you are headed to Glastonbury Festival (or indeed any music festival), we recommend taking a reusable water bottle. The Titanium Aurora Bottle holds 800ml and can be refilled throughout the day from the drinking water taps dotted around the festival site.

2. GLASTONBURY TOR

Glastonbury Tor is a striking terraced mound that is thought to date back some four or five thousand years, around the same time as Stonehenge. It’s relatively steep, but there’s an established, winding path leading to the top, where you’ll find the ruins of a medieval church and some of the most beautiful views in all of Somerset.

3. PILTON WORKING MEN’S CLUB

 

Situated in the neighbouring village of Pilton, this hidden gem is a popular hang-out for locals thanks to its excellent food and drink and regular live music. You might well bump into Michael Eavis of Glastonbury Festival himself, or even, a future headliner!

 

  1. Glastonbury Abbey

England’s most legendary monarch, King Arthur, is famously buried in Glastonbury Abbey, now an atmospheric ruin. The abbey has a fascinating history, dating back to as early as the seventh century, though some historians maintain there is evidence that its original iteration was built some six centuries earlier. Despite its age, Glastonbury Abbey  is remarkably well preserved, and its rich atmosphere and mystery make it a great day out when visiting the town.

GLASTONBURY CAMPING

Camping in Glastonbury is extremely special, even in the late summer when Glastonbury Festival has long faded into memory. The blend of picturesque scenery and rich history provides a unique and fascinating experience. We’d recommend visiting after the festival to enjoy the tranquility of this mystical haven.

1. DRAGON WILLOWS FARM

Dragon Willows Farm is the perfect spot for Glastonbury camping. Nestled at the foot of Glastonbury Tor, on the edge of scenic Somerset woodlands, this smallholding farm offers camping pitches in an idyllic countryside setting.

2. EBBORWAYS FARM

Situated just outside Glastonbury in the postcard-perfect Mendip Hills (a designated area of natural beauty), Ebborways Farm offers a truly authentic camping experience. You can pitch your tent wherever you like, and you’ll be left to your own devices, free to enjoy your surroundings for the duration of your stay. Our Takibi Fire and Grill makes a campfire possible anywhere. Go back to basics, light a fire, and share a flame-grilled meal with your loved ones under the stars.

3. AVALON TOURING PARK

With fifty grass pitches for tents, Avalon Touring Park is conveniently situated within walking distance of Glastonbury’s myriad ancient and medieval sites. Enjoy acres of rolling farmland where you can switch off from the stress of the daily routine and soak up the verdant scenery. 

BEST PLACES TO EAT IN GLASTONBURY

Glastonbury is full of quaint cafes and charming, old-world pubs. Whether you’re looking for typical English pub food, a taste of the Mediterranean, or some delicious vegan delights, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to eat in Glastonbury,

1. QUEEN OF CUPS

Delicious tapas-style dishes in a 17th-century inn, right in the heart of Glastonbury. This charming restaurant celebrates the best produce the West Country has to offer, transforming it into a selection of delicious Middle Eastern and Mediterranean-inspired dishes for all the family. Enjoy sharing platters, homemade puddings, and an assortment of Somerset cheeses, not to mention some real ale and local cider!

2. RAINBOW’S END CAFE

For vegan food in Glastonbury, look no further! Rainbow’s End Cafe is a family-run eatery that offers an entirely homemade menu made from the best-quality, locally and ethically-sourced ingredients. The jewel-coloured salads and peaceful surroundings are particular highlights.

3. GEORGE HOTEL & PILGRIMS INN

This lovingly-restored, historic building has all the charm you could ever wish for. Winding corridors, roaring fireplaces and wonky walls make for an authentic and charming dining experience right in the heart of Glastonbury high street. After a full day of exploring, enjoy traditional, hearty, pub food washed down with local ale and cider.