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Somerset Countryside

A Simply Inspiring Landscape

Discover why Somerset has been an inspiration for poets such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, authors including R.D Blackmore and films like Hot Fuzz and Elizabeth 1 - The Golden Age.

Explore the timeless beauty of rural Somerset.

With some dramatic natural features such as Cheddar Gorge and a remarkable coast, you will find everything you hoped for and more!

There is so much that is special about Somerset.

Did you know for example that the majority of Exmoor National Park (two thirds to be precise) is actually in Somerset not Devon?

Somerset is home to the Somerset Levels & Moors and three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) - Quantock Hills, Blackdown Hills and Mendip Hills.

In addition, Somerset has a whole host of Nature Reserves run by the RSPB, English Nature and Somerset Wildlife Trust as well as other protected areas recognised for their national and international importance.

If that's not enough then there are some great market towns and places to shop, as well as our superb Cider Farms! Start exploring now.

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  1. Frome

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    Frome

    Justice Lane, Frome

    Discover more about the historical town of Frome and its quirky charm.

    Make a date in your diary and uncover the exciting new events popping up all over town, or shop for treasures from the...

  2. Keynsham

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    Keynsham

    Keynsham, Bristol

    Of course there’s much more to Keynsham than Horace Batchelor’s famous Radio Luxembourg adverts of the 1950s and 60’s.

    Nestled equidistant between the bustling, fast paced culture capital that...

  3. Cheddar Gorge

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    Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Blagdon, Bristol

    The Mendip Hills, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), are one of England’s most attractive landscapes. The distinctive limestone ridge rises from the flat Somerset Levels and...

  4. Street

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    Street

    Street

    The large village of Street is situated in the heart of Somerset just a few miles from the town of Glastonbury and the City of Wells.

    Although Street is a village it has the amenities to match...

  5. Glastonbury Tor at sunset

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    Glastonbury

    9 High Street, Glastonbury


    Glastonbury Tor rises dramatically from the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels, close to the town of Glastonbury, to a height of 158 metres (525 feet). The Tor is topped by the tower of a ruined...

  6. Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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    Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Bridgwater

    The Quantock Hills are situated between Taunton and Bridgwater stretching to the sea at the Bristol Channel. Though compact, measuring just twelve miles by four, they offer extensive views over much...

  7. Horse riding on the beach

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    Burnham, Berrow and Brean

    Burnham-on-Sea

    The stretch of sand between Burnham-on-Sea and Brean Down is the second longest in Europe and includes eight beaches. It is clearly a draw for beach lovers as the campsites and parks that serve it...

  8. Burnham-on-Sea

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    Burnham-on-Sea

    Burnham-on-Sea


    Burnham-On-Sea is almost in the middle of Somerset’s stretch of coast and close to the mouth of the tidal river Parrett. It is at the southern end of what is the second longest strip of sand in...

  9. Minehead Beach

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    Minehead

    The Avenue, Minehead

    Minehead is a superb destination for families seeking a traditional seaside holiday.

    It is considered the Northern Gateway to Exmoor and is the area’s largest town.

    Ideally situated to...

  10. Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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    Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Hemyock, Cullompton

    The Blackdown Hills are a nationally important landscape and were designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in recognition of the special qualities of their natural and built...

  11. Exmoor from Bossington Hill

    Exmoor National Park

    Minehead


    For those that know it, Exmoor is a truly unique and special place.

    First time visitors are always surprised at the undisturbed tranquillity of its heather-clad moorlands, not to mention a...

  12. Marine Lake

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    Weston-super-Mare

    Royal Parade, Weston-super-Mare

    Your family holiday destination!

    When it comes to traditional family holidays, the string of resorts running all the way down the seaboard of Somerset has everything you need...

  13. Dunster

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    Dunster

    Dunster

    Dunster is one of the most popular places on Exmoor for visitors.  It is a medieval village with an ancient castle, priory, dovecote, yarn market, inns, packhorse bridge and a mill.  Since the...

  14. Bath

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    Bath

    Bath

    The golden city of Bath has been welcoming visitors for over 2,000 years. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Bath is home to some of the most impressive architectural sights in the world...

  15. The Willowman

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    Bridgwater

    Bridgwater


     

    Bridgwater is a lively town with a rich history, its famous carnival best symbolises the spirit of the town, hailed as the largest illuminated procession in the world, the event takes place...

  16. Yeovil

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    Yeovil

    Petters Way, Yeovil

    If you want to visit a fine old English country town with all the facilities you need, it would be hard to beat Yeovil.

    Today it’s the district town of South Somerset, but it’s been an important...

  17. Mells

    Mells

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  18. Taunton Town Centre

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    Taunton

    Fore Street, Taunton


    Travel centre: 01823 340306

    Welcome to the county town of Somerset. Taunton is a thriving, forward-looking town where modern life sits alongside relics of its dramatic past dating back to Saxon...

  19. Cheddar Gorge

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    Cheddar

    Cheddar

    Visitors have been coming to Cheddar for centuries to view the magnificent limestone Gorge, reaching 500 feet in places. The ravine boasts the highest inland cliffs in the country that can be viewed...

  20. From the Swan Inn towards Wells Cathedral

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    Wells

    8 Cathedral Green, Wells

    Wells lies sheltered beneath the southern slopes of the Mendip Hills, and combines a wealth of historic interest and beautiful architecture. Wells qualifies as England's smallest, and Somerset's only...

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