Trains to Glastonbury Festival
The nearest train station to Glastonbury Festival is Castle Cary near Pilton, Somerset. Trains to Castle Cary run from major stations including London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads. Once you arrive at the station, free shuttle buses run to the festival site around six miles away.
Each year over 150,000 music lovers travel to Glastonbury by train, car and bus to enjoy a range of world-famous rock and pop acts, dance music, theatre, poetry and performing arts. Parking at the festival incurs a fee of £50 when you arrive and there are queues of up to nine hours when leaving during peak times (between 08:00 – 17:00 on Monday), so it’s recommended that festival goers arrive by train or leave very early on Monday to avoid queues.
With so many people travelling to the area at the same time, extra train services to Castle Cary station run throughout the festival – it’s likely you’ll still have to queue for trains though so bear this in mind when choosing your travel time. If you’re travelling back from Glastonbury using a Mobile ticket or eticket, make sure you’ve left enough battery on your phone to show your ticket at Castle Cary – or bring a print out as a backup.
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Cheap train tickets to Glastonbury
There are a number of ways in which you can find cheap train tickets to Glastonbury to help save you money before the festival.
If you haven’t already, check to see if you’re eligible for a national Railcard to help save 1/3 off the price of your train tickets* – popular options include the 16-25, 26-30, Two Together or Disabled Persons Railcards. Travelling in a group of three to nine people? You could benefit from a GroupSave discount of up to 34%.
*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some Railcard types.
Another way to save money on your train tickets to Castle Cary and Glastonbury is to purchase an Advance Ticket. In most cases, the earlier you book your tickets, the more you’ll benefit from cheaper fares. Advance tickets usually go on sale 12 weeks before the departure date – sign up to our Ticket alert to be the first to know when your tickets go on sale.
About Glastonbury Festival
Established by Michael Eavis in 1970, Glastonbury is a five-day festival typically hosted in June, consisting of contemporary performing arts and music. In addition to the hundreds of live acts on offer, Glastonbury also hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and a wide range of interactive activities across the weekend.
The layout of Glastonbury is open plan, and although the infamous Pyramid Stage plays host to the main music acts throughout the weekend, festival-goers are encouraged to experience the varied and interesting “areas” dotted around the site that are almost like individual festivals themselves.
The Glastonbury website can be found at www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk.
tel: 01458 834596
Glastonbury Festival 2019 takes places from 26th – 30th June. Festival goers can enter the site from Wednesday 26th onwards with acts on the main stages from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th.
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