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Visit Somerset - The Jewel of the South West

Somerset really is a county that has it all. Ranked seventh in the UK for size, it is far from being the most highly populated meaning there are vast expanses of open, unspoilt spaces waiting to be explored. What’s more, it boasts plenty of beautiful buildings - in cities, villages and bustling market towns – with a rich heritage of history and legend. In fact Somerset is a county of incredible contrasts; complete with beaches, caves, moors and levels.


Some of Britain’s most iconic brands and places can be found in Somerset as names such as Cheddar, Glastonbury, Avalon, Alfred the Great and Mulberry can testify. Since the earliest times, man has found the county a comfortable and comforting place to live. Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton was found in the caves at Cheddar Gorge and one of the oldest manmade tracks in Europe, the Sweet Track, ran across the Somerset Levels.


This is the county that inspired the Romantic Poets Coleridge and Wordsworth, sustained the tales of King Arthur and his Knights and sheltered the likes of the fictional Lorna Doone. Today it continues to delight with its castles and countryside, wildlife and wetlands but it also encourages free thinking and innovation which has led to numerous county firsts including our famous festivals and carnivals.


There are so many options when it comes to places to stay with luxury hotels or shepherds’ huts and all kinds of accommodation in between – something to suit every budget. Then check out the county’s main attractions. Whether you want family fun, a Romantic break, a literary pilgrimage, an immersion in the Arts, a wildlife safari, an extreme challenge, a shopping spree or a gastronomic adventure – there are days out for everyone in this surprising county.


With one National Park, Exmoor, and three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty including the UK’s first, the Quantocks, Somerset has much to offer those who enjoy the outdoor life whether on foot, horseback, cycling or dog walking. Up there with the UK’s top spots, Somerset has a number of impressive nature reserves including coastal and wetland. It also has the second longest stretch of sand in Europe.


If it is culture you are after, Somerset has its own UNESCO World Heritage site to match its globally important landscapes – the City of Bath. Best known for its Georgian architecture and Roman Baths, Bath has many more hidden treasures that reward teasing out.


Not far from Bath is England’s smallest city, Wells. What it might lack in size, Wells more than makes up for in places of interest such as its sumptuous Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace. It is just one of many delightful places waiting to welcome you.

Somerset Highlights

The Castle at Taunton

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The Castle at Taunton

Located in the very heart of Taunton, The Castle offers the perfect base from which to explore the...

Beachside Holiday Park

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Beachside Holiday Park

Beachside Holiday Park lies directly on the dunes of the famous Brean Sands in Somerset. Located...

Orchardleigh Cottages

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Orchardleigh Cottages

A selection of cottages and lodges on the peaceful retreat Orchardleigh Estate near Frome.

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Weston Super Mare Sand Sculpture Festival

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Weston Super Mare Sand Sculpture Festival

This year the sand festival is back to celebrate its 10th year of sand sculptures in Weston!

Hatched Matched Dispatched - & Patched at the American Museum

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Hatched Matched Dispatched - & Patched at the American Museum

Bursting with textile treasures, this exhibition brings together astonishing objects that...

Frome Festival 2015

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Frome Festival 2015

A 10 day celebration of the Arts every July. The 2015 Festival will start on Friday 3rd July. Over...

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