VISIT GLASTONBURY DURING YOUR STAY AT LONG HAZEL PARK, CARAVAN PARK & CAMPSITE
One of the most well-known towns in Somerset, Glastonbury is of course most famous for the annual Glastonbury Festival.
The alternative town centre boasts the Abbey, as well as many vegan friendly cafes and crystal shops.
Castle Cary first appears in recorded history after the Norman invasion in the eleventh century, though there is evidence that the site was occupied, and probably fortified, before this. During the middle ages it appears in various documents under different names: Cari, Cary, Castra Cary, Castell Cairoc and Caricastel. Like a number of other settlements in the area, it takes half of its name from the River Cary that rises at the foot of Lodge Hill. ‘Caer’ means ‘rock’, ‘crag’ or ‘castle’ in various Celtic languages, and so the river may be named after its point of origin, but this is only speculation. The castle, meanwhile, certainly existed by 1138, when it was besieged by King Stephen in the course of the struggle for the throne of England with his cousin Matilda; it was besieged again in 1152. An excavation of the site in 1890 found the foundations of a large stone tower, but only the earthworks remain today; by the mid-fifteenth century the castle had been abandoned by its owners in favour of a large (and doubtless less draughty) manor house nearby, and the stones were probably used for other buildings in the town.
One of the most popular walks in Somerset, Glastonbury Tor is situated just outside of Glastonbury town centre and offers views across Somerset. The building at the top is a former 14th century church tower, with the rest of thought to have been destroyed by an earthquake in 1275.
The Tor is owned by the National Trust but is free to climb. Visible from the Tor is our nearby settlement of King Arthur's Camelot, Cadbury Hillfort in North Cadbury, just two miles from our caravan park and equally offering stunning views of Dorset and Somerset.
Glastonbury Abbey is home to Grade 1 listed monastery remains, which was one of the richest and most powerful monasteries in England. Closed at the request of King Henry VIII, the last abbot was hung, drawn and quartered at Glastonbury Tor.
The Abbey in the town centre of Glastonbury is thought to be the final resting place of King Arthur and his Queen Guinevere.