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How to Get to Glastonbury
Much of Glastonbury's appeal is down to its rural location, deep in the Somerset countryside. You might think getting to the site is a challenge, but depending on where you are leaving from, there will be a wide range of options.
The nearest mainline rail station is at Castle Cary, 17km away. During the festival, free shuttle buses run from the station to the site.
National Express run direct coaches to the Festival from 75 points across the UK. These coaches are very popular, so book your place in advance to avoid being left behind.
If you do decide to drive to Glastonbury, take the A303 and A37. Car parks open the night before the start of the festival. Buy your car parking permit in advance to ensure a space.
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History of Glastonbury Festival
Nowadays, Glastonbury is the UK's most-attended festival, attracting headline acts from around the world. But its beginnings were altogether more humble.
The first event, originally called the Pilton Festival, took place in 1970. 1,500 people attended the inaugural festival, and the headline act was T Rex. In the early years, the Glastonbury Festival was not an annual event.
The 1990s saw huge crowds as unofficial festival-goers jumped fences to get in without paying. This period saw memorable performances from Oasis, Jamiroquai, and Pulp.
One of Glastonbury's most famous aspects is inviting acts from outside the pop and rock world to perform. These have included Dolly Parton, Shirley Bassey, and Neil Diamond.
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