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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.
Since the earliest times, man has found the county a comfortable and comforting place to live.
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.
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.
It is just one of many delightful places waiting to welcome you!
Idyllically situated within walking distance of a river, ancient woodland and a cycle path, this...
Opening1st Jan 2015-31st Dec 2015
This traditionally styled log cabin, with extensive views of the delightful Yarty valley, was...
Opening1st Jan 2015-31st Dec 2015
Look what's in Somerset...
Glastonbury Tor rises dramatically from the flat Somerset Levels, close to the town of Glastonbury, to a height of 158 metres (525 feet).
Weston-super-Mare is a great seaside resort with all the traditional seaside attractions, including our famous donkeys!
Nestling in a fold of the Mendip Hills, the historic town of Shepton Mallet dates back to Roman times.
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.
Frome is an historic market town with hidden gems of architectural interest making it a hugely rewarding place to explore.
Nourished by natural hot springs, Bath offers a unique experience with stunning architecture, great shopping and iconic attractions
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.
Yeovil has been a traditional market town for centuries. Nowadays its bustling streets are lined with a mix of conventional stores and independent retailers.
Bursting with textile treasures, this exhibition brings together astonishing objects that...
14/03/201514th Mar 2015-1st Nov 2015
Join us on Thursday 8 October (1.05 – 1.40pm) in the Quire of Wells Cathedral for a lunchtime organ...
Opening 20158th Oct 2015-8th Oct 2015
Themed walks from April to October showcasing the Cathedral’s embroideries. Starting at 11.40am...