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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.
Wall Eden Farm Holidays has Eight Award Winning Log Cabins set in seven acres of countryside. Self...
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Frome is an historic market town with hidden gems of architectural interest making it a hugely rewarding place to explore.
Glastonbury Tor rises dramatically from the flat Somerset Levels, close to the town of Glastonbury, to a height of 158 metres (525 feet).
Taunton is a thriving county town of Somerset, where modern life sits alongside relics of its dramatic past dating back to Saxon times.
Minehead is where Exmoor meets the sea. Sitting on the very edge of the National Park, Minehead is ideal for lovers of the coast and the countryside.
Weston-super-Mare is a great seaside resort with all the traditional seaside attractions, including our famous donkeys!
Yeovil has been a traditional market town for centuries. Nowadays its bustling streets are lined with a mix of conventional stores and independent retailers.
Nestling in a fold of the Mendip Hills, the historic town of Shepton Mallet dates back to Roman times.
Nourished by natural hot springs, Bath offers a unique experience with stunning architecture, great shopping and iconic attractions
England's smallest city, Wells lies sheltered beneath the southern slopes of the Mendip Hills, and combines a wealth of historic interest and beautiful architecture.
This year the sand festival is back to celebrate its 10th year of sand sculptures in Weston!
2015 opening3rd Apr 2015-27th Sep 2015
Somerset welcome Worcestershire to The County Ground