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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 England’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 Mount Somerset Hotel

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The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa

The Mount Somerset Hotel and Spa in Taunton, Somerset is a stunning Regency country house hotel,...

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2015 Opening

1st Jan 2015-31st Dec 2015
Bella Vista

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Bella Vista Hotel

Family run business offering friendliness and comfort at reasonable prices with high standards of...

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1st Jan 2015-31st Dec 2015
Tamarack Lodge

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Tamarack Lodge

Luxurious log cabin style ranch house on the beautiful Blackdown Hills of Somerset suitable for...

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1st Jan 2015-31st Dec 2015

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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!

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2015 opening

3rd Apr 2015-27th Sep 2015
FROME-ON-SEA! Returns…

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FROME-ON-SEA! Returns…

Life’s always a beach in Frome especially on Frome Independent market days, but head into town on...

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6th Sep 2015-6th Sep 2015
Folk Fest Burnham-on-Sea

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Burnham-on-Sea Folkfest

The 2015 Folkfest, which is in fact our tenth anniversary, will be held between Thursday 3rd to...

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3rd Sep 2015-6th Sep 2015

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