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Somerset, Visitor & Tourism Guide
Region: South West England
Neigbouring Counties/Areas: Devon
National Parks: Exmoor
close by in Devon
, Mendip Hills
, Quantock Hills
Select Cities: Bath
Select Towns/Villages: Dunster
, Porlock Weir
World Heritage Sites: Bath
to the east in Wiltshire
King Arthur and Bath, Skeletons and Donkeys
of King Arthur and location
to some of the finest Georgian architecture in the UK, resting place
of the oldest complete human skeleton in Britain and home to some celebrated donkeys
, Somerset offers cracking holidays and weekend breaks for international and domestic visitors alike.
Our Somerset guide is a short summary outlining the major destinations and attractions within the county. Quickly to identify these places to visit and things to do, click on the 'Top 10 Recommendations' links below. In addition, click on the links within this summary guide to learn more about the destinations and attractions to which we refer.
National and AONBs, World Heritage Sites and a small city
Exmoor National Park's
to the far west of the county and runs into Devon
. Celebrated for its coastline and coastal walking
, the Park's highest point is in Somerset at Dunkery Beacon and Hill
. The views from here over Exmoor, across the Bristol Channel to South Wales
and down to Dartmoor National Park
are superb. We'd recommend visiting Dunster
, which is a gateway to the Park, and spending time by the sea at Porlock Weir
in Porlock Bay
In addition to Exmoor, Somerset has two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Mendip Hills
are to the north, the Quantock Hills
to the west near Exmoor.
Once you've had your fill of National Park and AONBs, we'd suggest you visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site City of Bath
and the smallest city in England, Wells
is a treat. With its cathedral
and Bishop's Palace
, its museum
and the oldest existing street in Europe
, there are plenty of unique attractions to explore. Bath
, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is internationally important and you could spend days exploring its attractions. The Roman Baths
and Bath Abbey
, Pulteney Bridge
and The Circus
are essential visiting. Try the Jane Austen Centre
, The Fashion Museum
, Museum of Bath at Work
and the Victoria Art Gallery
as well. Last, stroll the Royal Crescent
. The city has great shops, too, so take some extra cash.
Fresh air and culture
If you're looking to get some fresh air, try Dunkery Beacon and Hill
or take one of the many walks in the Mendip Hills
around Cheddar Gorge
. Climb Glastonbury Tor
for its views over the Somerset Levels
or wander along Weston-super-Mare Beach
. The South West Coast Path
starts, or ends, in Minehead
so walk west through Porlock Weir
towards the Devon
Re-fuel on Somerset's world famous Cheddar cheese, apples and cider and then head off to absorb some of the county's culture and history. The Clarks Shoe Museum
is a hit with Chinese tourists, the The Wicker or Willow Man
is seen by millions of people every year as they travel the M5 between Bristol City
For an internationally renowned event, attend Glastonbury Festival
. For something a little more local, head to Glastonbury and Chilkwell Guy Fawkes Carnival
Castles and country houses
Perhaps you fancy a castle? Dunster Castle
dominates a magnificent village at the edge of Exmoor National Park
. Our favourites are Farleigh Hungerford Castle
and the nearby Nunney Castle
has an Abbey
some fantastic churches.
There are spectacular gardens at Herstercombe
and you should spend at least half a day at Montacute House
. We'd also recommend Cothay Manor and Gardens
and Barrington Court
. On the edge of Bath
, visit Prior Park Gardens
If you're looking for something for the kids, there are the beaches of the west coast and the play areas at Wookey Hole
Get away from the crowds
can get seriously crowded in the summer months so why not try Somerset instead if you're heading to South West England
Top 10 Recommendations
Selected from the best Hotels in Somerset we've listed our top 10.
Selected from the best Towns in Somerset we've listed our top 10.
Selected from the best Villages in Somerset we've listed our top 10.
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Total Rooms: 25; Rates: £55 - £120 Per Night
This early Victorian building offers an outdoor swimming pool and four-poster bed options, a 5-minute walk from the town centre, county cricket ground and the train and bus stations...
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