Places To Stay Near Glastonbury
After spending the day exploring the weird and wonderful town of Glastonbury, one of our nearby Somerset hotels offer the perfect spot to rest and relax. Offering cosy beds, excellent breakfasts and stylish rooms, let this be your home-away-from-home for the night.
The Rising Sun
Situated in Backwell, North Somerset, The Rising Sun is the perfect base for exploring nearby Bristol and the Somerset surroundings. Other local attractions include the Mendips AONB, Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole. Cosy and comfortable, our 6 bedrooms offer everything you need for the perfect staycation, family break, romantic getaway or overnight stay before or after exploring Glastonbury.
The Swan Inn
Located on the edge of the Mendip Hills in the ex-mining village of Rowberrow, The Swan Inn is a 17th century Grade II-listed pub and inn that is brimming with history and a warm welcome. The Swan’s nine boutique rooms have everything you need for the perfect staycation, family break, or romantic getaway, with complimentary breakfasts, an on-site restaurant and family-friendly, accessible and dog-friendly room options available. It is well-positioned for easy access to popular attractions like Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves and the quirky town of Glastonbury.
The Bower Inn
For a relaxing and luxurious stay in the Somerset Levels, you can’t do much better than The Bower Inn in Bridgwater. With history dating back to the 1700s, the refurbished 18th century cottage and gardens offer comfortable lodgings with individually-styled ensuite rooms for a truly restorative staycation in the South West. Indulge with a delicious, home-style pub meal in the on-site gastropub, explore the nearby Mendip Hills, or visit the ancient, mysterious town of Glastonbury.
The George Inn
There’s nowhere like The George Inn in Norton St. Philip. As a Grade II-listed building, with history dating back to 1397, a stay at The George Inn will surely be an unforgettable experience. Stay in one of the 9 ensuite rooms at one of Britain’s oldest taverns, and enjoy a delicious, locally-sourced pub classic with and award-winning pint of Butcombe beer. Somerset and Wiltshire are on our doorstep, making attractions such as The Cotswolds, The Mendips and Glastonbury easily accessible.
The Langford Inn
In the quaint Somerset town of Lower Langford, close to Bristol Airport and the Mendip Hills, you’ll find The Langford Inn, a 17th century historic village pub-hotel. Stay in one of their seven boutique bedrooms for the perfect place to rest your head after exploring the nearby Mendips AONB or the world-famous town of Glastonbury. Enjoy locally-sourced produce and a field-to-fork ethos on sustainability with seasonal menus, perfectly paired with an impressive selection of award-winning Butcombe beers.
Ring O’ Bells
With two dog-friendly ensuite rooms in the heart of the Mendips and Chew Valley, if you’re looking for somewhere peaceful and relaxing for a Somerset staycation, you can’t do much better than the Ring o’ Bells in Compton Martin. Explore the surrounding countryside, Cheddar Gorge or the wonderful town of Glastonbury, before settling down for the night in Somerset fashion! With inglenook fireplaces, rustic beamed ceilings, and restored oak floorboards – the Ring o’ Bells really is the quintessential country inn experience! Enjoy home-cooked pub favourites at the on-site restaurant, live music and live sports, and, of course, award-winning proper Butcombe beers and real ales in the bar.
Located in the county of Somerset, the quirky town of Glastonbury is situated on the Somerset Levels. Visitors can explore the diverse shops on the high street, the notable buildings in the surrounding areas and familiarise themselves with the traditions of the town.
Glastonbury is steeped in history, with evidence suggesting that the town has been populated since the latter part of the Stone Age. It is home to one of the oldest timber trackways ever discovered in Northern Europe, The Sweet Track.
Often referred to as the spiritual centre of England, Glastonbury boasts many myths and legends, along with several buildings of religious significance.
Attracting visitors from all over the world, Glastonbury Tor is without doubt one of the most popular spots in the whole of Somerset.
Rising more than 150m above the surrounding Summerland Meadows, the 360-degree views from Glastonbury Tor are breathtaking. Standing proudly atop the hill is St Michael’s Tower, now roofless, but teeming with history.
It is believed that several buildings stood at the summit before St Michael’s Tower was constructed, with experts identifying evidence from as early as the 10th century.
Located on Chalice Hill (less than half a mile from Glastonbury Tor), is Chalice Well.
According to legend, the well was formed at the site where Jesus drank water during the Last Supper, while archaeological evidence confirms that the well has been in use for more than 2,000 years.
Also known as the Red Spring, the iron oxide deposits in the water give it a light reddish colour, with many people believing that the water has healing qualities. Visitors can drink the water from the Lion’s Head Fountain.
White Spring Well & Temple
Opposite the site of Chalice Well at the foot of Glastonbury Tor is the White Spring & Temple. While Chalice Well is known as the Red Spring because of the iron-rich water, the White Spring takes its name from the calcium-rich water that gathers in the central basin from the surrounding network of pools.
A windowless building has been constructed over the well, so the only light inside comes from the numerous candles on the walls, which also serve to make visitors feel calm and relaxed.
There are benches on the walls for visitors to sit on, though these can be damp at times, so come prepared!
Located just a 5 minute walk from the town centre, Glastonbury Abbey is one of the most visited attractions in Somerset.
While evidence shows that a church has stood on the site for more than 1,500 years, it is believed that the area was occupied long before that time. King Arthur, who reportedly led Britain’s defence against the Saxons invasion in the latter part of the 5th century, was supposedly buried here, with the site of his tomb still recognised today.
Unfortunately, the dissolution of the monasteries reduced the magnificent abbey to ruins, though the myths, legends and tales of this important historical site are as strong as ever.
Somerset Rural Life Museum
Since it opened in 1975, the Somerset Rural Life Museum has become one of the most popular attractions in the county.
As the name suggests, the Somerset Rural Life Museum celebrates the social and agricultural history of Somerset from the 1800s onwards. The Orchard and Farmyard are among the most popular outdoor spaces, while the 14th century Abbey Barn is home to the multitude of events and exhibitions that take place here.
The site is family-friendly and has a wonderful on-site cafe where visitors can stop for tea, coffee, light snacks and other refreshments.
It wouldn’t seem right to talk about Glastonbury and all of its wonderful attractions, without mentioning the world-famous Glastonbury Festival.
Although it bears the Glastonbury name, the festival is actually held in the village of Pilton and was originally called the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival when it commenced in 1970.
Over the years, the festival has grown into one the most popular events on the music calendar and has been headlined by some of the most iconic musicians the world has ever known.
Glastonbury Festival typically attracts around 200,000 attendees over the 5 day period and adheres to a “fallow year” every 5 years, which allows the local people of Glastonbury and the event organisers a much needed break.