I am planning to go to Glastonbury in August. Has anyone any suggestion or recommendation? Is it near Stonehenge? Is it easy to find information in Glastonbury about tours and attractions? How expensive is the city? Thanks!
[ Edit: Edited on Apr 26, 2007, at 3:48 AM by audry79 ]
Hi, could I ask if there's a particular reason why you're planning on going to Glastonbury? The town itself is very small (less than 10,000 residents) and known mainly for the music festival which is held in June. I've been there briefly and it's nice enough but there isn't a great deal there for tourists and transport to other places isn't the easiest. The only attractions I know of in the town are the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and Glastonbury Tor which are both worth seeing. In terms of how expensive it is I didn't notice it being any different from the rest of the UK, but I was there whilst the music festival was on so maybe they bump up the prices during that period.
As for Stonehenge it's not a million miles away but it will take you over an hour to get there I imagine. If Stonehenge is the main attraction you'd like to visit it might be a better idea to stay in Salisbury and visit Glastonbury as a day trip if need be. Salisbury is larger, has better transport links, more places to stay and has a tourist information centre. Of course if you're visiting Glastonbury for a particular reason (such as you have friends there) then that's not really relevant, but otherwise I'd be tempted to stay at somewhere larger like Salisbury and visit Glastonbury as a day trip. It'll be a lot easier to organise it that way than organising a trip to Stonehenge from Glastonbury I would think. Hope you have a nice time anyway.
As BlankFrack said, most people go to Glastonbury for the famous festival in June but it's definitely worth going to climb glastonbury tor - in august the view from the top will be gorgeous. Glastonbury is in the county of Somerset (where i live) and it's a beautiful place - very green and relaxing. If you go to glastonbury you might want to visit the little city of Wells too, which is about 15 minutes from glastonbury. Wells is very popular with tourists and there's an amazing big cathedral, lots of good pubs and places to eat and a weekend market which sells delicious local produce. Here's the somerset tourism webite:
If you don't want to stay somewhere too quiet I would suggest finding a hotel in the lovely city of Bath which is famous for its Roman Baths and has lots of cool things to see and do. If you want to see both Glastonbury and Stonehenge then Bath is kind of inbetween the two places. Glastonbury is in rural Somerset and Stonehenge is in rural Wiltshire and although you can get buses to both places it would probably be a good idea to hire a car if possible - both Glastonbury and Stonehenge would take about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to get to in the car from Bath. Hope this is helpful and you enjoy your trip!
Thank you very much for your replies. We are going by car and we are considering to stay at Salisbury.
We will stay in Salisbury. It is a better idea indeed. Thank you, BlankFrack for the suggestion. Now comes another doubt. We are planning to do Salisbury, Glastonbury and Stonehenge. We will travel from Swansea to Salisbury, spend one night there and on the following day head back to Wales.
What is the best? Travel from Swansea to Salisbury and in the way visit Stonehenge, visit Salisbury and on the next day visit Glastonbury in the way back OR go straight to Salisbury and on the next day visit Glastonbury and Stonehenge in the way back?
Any better idea?