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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.

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In fact Somerset is a county of incredible contrasts; complete with beaches, caves, moors, levels and a stunning National Park, Exmoor. 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

Pear Tree Cottages

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Pear Tree Cottages

Set on a working farm in the heart of beautiful Somerset countryside, Pear Tree Cottages offer...

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2016 Opening

1st Jan 2016-31st Dec 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House

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DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House

Luxury spa hotel in North Somerset near Bristol with gourmet restaurant, DoubleTree by Hilton.

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2016 Opening

1st Jan 2016-31st Dec 2016
Warren Farm Holiday Centre

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Warren Farm Holiday Centre

Large family site near sandy beaches. Indoor and outdoor play equipment and fishing facilities...

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2016 Opening

24th Mar 2016-30th Oct 2016

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Trust 10 @ Tyntesfield

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Trust 10 @ Tyntesfield

We have a devised a 5k 2 loop route around the tracks and trails of Tyntesfield. This involves some...

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Opening 2016

28th Aug 2016-27th Nov 2016
Bowlore Medieval Weekend at The Bishop's Palace

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Bowlore Medieval Weekend at The Bishop's Palace

We’re delighted to welcome back Bowlore Medieval with their thrilling weekend of activities on...

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2016 Opening

27th Aug 2016-29th Aug 2016
West Somerset Railway - Lynton & Lynmouth Explorer

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West Somerset Railway - Lynton & Lynmouth Explorer

Tucked away on the North Coast of Exmoor National Park and overlooking the Bristol Channel, the...

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2016 Opening

24th Jun 2016-30th Sep 2016

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