Visit Somerset - The Jewel of the South West
Think of Somerset and what comes to mind - stunning views across open countryside, sandy beaches, superb strawberries, Cheddar cheese and cider? World-wide, our County is famous for its Glastonbury Festival, illuminated carnivals, Mulberry handbags and Arthurian Legends. There is more! Much more.
We are here to help you discover more of this amazing county.
Whether this is your first visit, whether you return to us year after year or whether you live in Somerset, we are sure there will be surprises and ideas that will lead to some unforgettable experiences and lasting memories.
As we said, Somerset is a big place and its boundaries have changed over the years. On our map, we include the magnificent City of Bath over in the east; our National Park, Exmoor in the west; the historic town of Crewkerne on the boundary with Dorset in the south and Portishead, the northern most point on the Somerset Coast. Not content with a National Park, we have four Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. To ease navigation of this site and the County, we have divided it into four – north, west, south and east. These do not follow administrative districts but in a County of such contrasts, it should help you plan your visit by describing the different character of each and what there is to see and do.
Click on the boxes on the map for an overview of each area and a taste of what’s on offer. We think you will be astonished at the variety of landscape, architecture and culture to be found. From coastal cliffs to moorland; from cityscapes to village greens and from arts festivals to agricultural shows – Somerset really does have it all.