Things to do at Glastonbury Tor
A site of religious significance for over 1,000 years, Glastonbury Tor in Somerset is today a prime location for walks and picnics, and home to some special wildlife. Discover what there is to see and do at Glastonbury Tor.
Walking to the tower
If you're looking to go for a walk, a trip up to the tower on top of the Tor will give you a view out to the Somerset Levels and beyond. It's also a great picnic spot.
Located around the base of the slopes, visitors might be surprised to find four orchards. Two of these are open to the public, one of which dates back to the 1800s and welcomes visitors in through the beautiful willow arches.
Here, National Trust rangers are preserving heritage by planting vacant spaces with a rare Tidnor collection of apple trees from Herefordshire.
Wildlife at Glastonbury Tor
Wildflowers on Glastonbury Tor support a different range of insects, including burnet moth, (a small red moth with black spots), and marbled white butterflies. Insects in turn provide food for skylarks, swallows, swifts and other birds and bats.
Watch out for kestrels at the end of summer, or you may catch an aerial view of a green woodpecker as you climb the Tor.
Badgers, rabbits and livestock
The Tor is also home to badgers, rabbits and foxes. Look out for the rabbits early in the morning. The badgers and foxes come out later in the evening.
The Tor is managed by grazing sheep and cows. The livestock help to keep the grass short in a natural and traditional way.
From Arthurian myth to grisly deaths, discover the legends that spell out the history of Glastonbury Tor, a spiritual magnet for Pagans and Christians for centuries.
Intimate manor house with Arts and Crafts-style garden. Please note that Lytes Cary is closed for the winter and will re-open on Saturday 10 February 2024. Nearby Montacute House and Barrington Court are open, see website for details.
Plan a visit to one of the special countryside places in our care and discover the benefits of being in the great outdoors. Pack your walking boots and get ready to explore woodlands, valleys and rivers.
There's a wealth of outdoor places from tors and gorges to woodlands and streams to visit in Somerset. Climb hills to see far-reaching views or relax and watch the children play in the fresh air.