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Best Hotels in Glastonbury

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There’s much more to Glastonbury than its world famous festival, which actually takes place in nearby Pilton. Throngs of festivalgoers might head to the muddy fields once a year, but all manner of types reside here year round. Cloaked in mysticism, – myths about Ley lines that converge on Glastonbury Tor have long cast a spell on the town – Glastonbury’s got to be one of the best bohemian hangouts in England. So take a stroll through the town to enjoy the bohemian stores selling an array of hippy dippy goodies, from magical books to incense and colourful fair-trade clothing.

Things to see

A long-time spiritual focal point, Glastonbury is rumoured to be the birthplace of Christianity, with Glastonbury Abbey noted as the oldest religious centre in the country. Once a grand, powerful monastery, its current crumbly ruins and grassy knolls are a shadow of its former self, but the thought that King Arthur and his lady Guinevere’s graves are somewhere below your feet enhances the air of mystery surrounding this sacred place. Other sights in town include Glastonbury Tor – head here to see if you can find the entrance to Avalon, or land of the faeries – and the Chalice Well – a spring that flows out from the tor. Once you’ve explored the historic gems, it’s worth spending some time people watching from one of the town’s wholesome cafés – veggies will be happy, as Glastonbury’s likely got one of the highest ratios of vegetarian cafés anywhere in England.

Hotels in Glastonbury

Glastonbury hotels vary from traditional inns – or pubs with rooms – to cosy guesthouses and welcoming retreats. Much of the town’s accommodation is 3-star rated providing ample home comforts including en-suite bedrooms, WiFi and homemade full English breakfast. A few chain hotels operate in the town, though the handful of independent hotels generally offer better quality amenities – with the added bonus of a personal touch – for a similar price. If you fancy staying somewhere much more luxurious head to one of the town’s 4-star rated boutique guesthouses, offering roll top baths, king size beds with thick cotton linen and period furniture.

Where to stay

You could wake up with a view of Glastonbury Abbey if you stay close to the town centre. Plenty of hotels and guesthouses are within walking distance of this and the other sights. Much of the town’s accommodation is dotted along the main A361 through road, so if you fancy something a bit more peaceful head out of town to the surrounding Somerset countryside. Here you’ll discover welcoming farm cottages and rural B&Bs surrounded by green pastures, wooded glens and babbling brooks. If you’re lucky you might open your bedroom window to a view of misty Glastonbury Tor.

How to get to Glastonbury

The nearest train station to Glastonbury is Castle Cary, about 30 minutes’ drive away from town. You can take a taxi from the station, or local buses run regular services which are a lot less expensive. Further away stations include Bath, Bristol and Taunton with buses running from all of these to Glastonbury. Coach travel is a great alternative to the train, with regular services running from London. You may choose to drive to the area, as the rural roads can be slow-going by bus and it will leave you more independent if exploring out of town.