Situated on Pilton Farm, in the heart of Somerset, Glasto can be a long drive for anyone not based in the South West of England. But, we’re here to help, as this guide will help you find your way and give some tips of where to stop along the way!
Car parking at the site costs £25 per vehicle and can be bought on the official Glastonbury website. It’s always best to drive round to which side of the site you want to park in – cutting through the site will take hours longer, so it’s worth driving a few miles further to get in from a different angle.
If you have a choice, use the Blue Route, as this has the most parking spaces.
If you’re headed for the family campsite, take the Purple Route.
If you can, travel so you arrive overnight or very early in the morning. At peak times, you could be waiting several hours just to get into the site – which can be very frustrating.
However, parking at Glasto often just comes down to luck and where the stewards can direct you dependent on what space is available. Bear with them… they’re great guys and doing their best!
Travelling from London along the M3, then A303 and A37 (sat nav TA11 7DP)
The M3 is dual laned, partly 2, partly 3.
There are 2 main service stations along your route – Fleet Welcome Break and Winchester Moto. Both offer ecotricity charging points, various food outlets, and petrol stations. However, the Moto station is at a very busy junction, and so you might find it easier to find a parking space at Welcome Break.
On the A303, there’s a few service stops you can make, including Barton Stacey for a quick hot dog, or Countess at Amesbury (the closest to Stonehenge!) for a Burger King.
Travelling from the North East along the A1/M1, then M25 to M3, A303 and A37 (sat nav TA11 7DP)
A great route with lots of options to stop including South Mimms and Baldock, the A1/M1 offers not only regular service stations but lots of alternatives.
You can turn off at J64 and visit The National Trust’s Washington Old Hall, which makes for a nice change of scenery. Or, further south, turn off at J47 and drive for about 10 mins to find the Aldwark Arms Pub, which has log fires and comfy sofas for a quick relax.
Travelling from the North West along the M6, M5, A39 then A361 (sat nav BA6 9XE)
Travelling along the M6? Nip into Corley Welcome Break for an American donut fix at one of the very few Dunkin Donuts stores in the UK!
The M5 also has turn-offs to both Worcester and Gloucester, which are both cities you can fairly easily drive into and explore for a quick meal or wander away from the car.
Travelling from Wales along the M4, M5 then A39 (sat nav BA6 9XE)
There’s loads of services along the route from Wales, including Cardiff Gate and Magor for Welcome Break and Roadchef. Again, when you hit the M5, you can turn off to the above and have a wander somewhere a little different along the way.
If something goes wrong…
Glastonbury has a dedicated locksmith on site 24/7 by the Yellow Gate, to save you in the event of you losing or locking in your keys. And, you can receive on-site assistance with AA staff situated in East 12 and West 32. Just call them on the dedicated Freephone Glasto hotline – 0800 0723642. You don’t need to be a member and can receive immediate help.
Of course, the best reason to drive to Glasto is to carshare with other fans going the same way. You’ll meet great people and have a real laugh to start off your festival the right way. You can search for liftsharers going your way at the official Glastonbury Liftsharing website.
Author Lex Barber
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