Explore the Avalon Marshes

Explore the Avalon Marshes

The Avalon Marshes lies at the heart of Somerset’s Levels and Moors and at the foot of Glastonbury Tor. It is home to many secret, wild places; on the doorstep of the well-known towns of Glastonbury, Street and Wells; and a stone’s throw from Cheddar and the Somerset Coast. There is lots to do and see with nature reserves to enjoy, museums and craft galleries to visit, heritage and landscape to explore and the iconic Glastonbury Tor to climb!

Avalon Marshes location map

Getting to the Avalon Marshes

Getting to us by road, rail or bike is easy and the nature reserves are sign-posted from Glastonbury and the A39. The nearest rail stations are Highbridge and Bridgwater; Castle Cary and Taunton are not far away. National Cycle Routes 3, 26 and 33 all link with the marshes.

To find out more about how to travel to the Avalon Marshes go to our Getting Here section. We also have a Maps, Books and Guides page where you can download maps and find other useful information.

Download a PDF copy of the location map

Information and help – The Avalon Marshes Centre

At the centre of the Avalon Marshes’ nature reserves, and only a short way from Glastonbury, is the Avalon Marshes Centre. The centre has a craft shop, cafe, toilets, information, car park and replica Roman and Saxon buildings. It is linked to Glastonbury by a mainly traffic free cycleway which runs through two of the principal nature reserves. To find out more go to our Avalon Marshes Centre page. Local towns such as Glastonbury, Wells, and Burnham-on-Sea all have helpful Tourist Information Centres.

How to see Nature

The marshes have four National Nature Reserves, several other nature reserves, and almost all of the landscape is protected in one way or another. It is a haven for Wonderful Wildlife and a special landscape. Most of the reserves have good tracks, trails and hides, but please note that dogs are not allowed on some parts of the reserves. Go to our at our Nature Reserve pages and Landscape pages to find out more.

Places to Visit

Looking for somewhere to take the kids, seeking out peace and quiet, want to see some of the area’s heritage, or you want something to do on a wet day? Take a look at our Places to Visit page.

Things to do

Here are some suggestions of things to do and ways to explore the Avalon Marshes:-

  • For kids – Our Kids’ Stuff page has ideas and resources
  • Walking – There are lots of trails on the reserves and footpaths in the surrounding area.
  • Cycle – The Avalon Marshes are ideal for cycling – download one of our routes
  • Geocaching – An activity for all ages which will take you around the area
  • Museums – Not dry and dusty but full of interest, always good on a wet day!
  • Nature reserves – Wonderful wildlife all the year round.

Planning your Visit