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Somerset Towns & Villages

Why are we telling you about Somerset towns?...Surely every county has towns?

Indeed, but we think ours are rather special, and after you’ve seen some we’re sure you’ll agree.

To start with, Somerset’s a very big county, so we have rather a lot of them.

Secondly, we’re a county of contrasts, so no two are alike.

Thirdly, we have very attractive building materials – several kinds of mellow stone, local brick and tile, quite a lot of thatch here and there which make up streetscapes which are a joy to wander through. 

Fourthly, our history and geography mean that towns have always been very important local centres.

Low-lying wetlands used to mean that some parts of Somerset were very isolated, so Somerset towns had to be entirely self-sufficient, and became fiercely independent.

While we welcome visitors, we’ve always resented outside interference.

It’s no coincidence that the ‘Pitchfork Rebellion’ saw the last pitched battle ever fought on English soil, on Sedgemoor in 1685.

Each town had everything it needed to withstand a siege or a bad spell of winter weather.

Everything was arranged so that you were never more than half a day’s walk from a market town.

Today this still means that whichever of the Somerset towns you visit, you won’t want for plenty of pubs, shops, churches, craft centres, food providers and places to stay. 

Our county town, Taunton, is well qualified to take the lead in interesting urban experiences.

Close behind come the ancient market towns: Wellington, Williton, Watchet, Dulverton, Ilminster, Cheddar, Chard, Crewkerne, Yeovil, Somerton, Dunster, Langport, Wincanton, Frome, Glastonbury, Radstock, Bridgwater, Bruton, Castle Cary, Radstock and Wells (Sorry, Wells is a city, actually!).

Add in the resort towns of Clevedon, Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea and Minehead, the ‘model factory town’ of Street, and of course the magnificent city of Bath.

Then we start on the villages...

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  1. Keynsham Music Festival

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    Keynsham Music Festival

    Keynsham, Bristol

    Keynsham Music Festival 25th June- 1st July 2018

    There is uncertainty about its exact origins, but there is plenty of archive material for 1997’s Festival, and none for 1996. Possibly there was...

  2. The Memorial Park Keynsham

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    The Memorial Park Keynsham

    Bristol

    The town sits on the confluence of the rivers Avon and Chew which meanders its way through the stunning Memorial Park. The 26 acre park is a jewel in Keynsham’s crown with people coming from all over...

  3. Glastonbury Tor at sunset

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    Glastonbury

    9 High Street, Glastonbury

    The opening of the London Olympics in 2012 clearly demonstrated Glastonbury’s special significance as part of Britain's National heritage and identity.  The Tor is a National Icon; the Abbey a...

  4. Wells

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    Wells

    8 Cathedral Green, Wells

    The historic City of Wells is just a short 45 minute drive from the beautiful City of Bath (UNESCO World Heritage City). The 22 mile route heads over the Mendip Hills and opens up a gateway to the...

  5. 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...

  6. Somerton

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    Somerton

    West Street, Somerton

    If you want to spend a day relaxing, enjoying lovely food, beautiful scenery and old town charm, then Somerton, located in the heart of  Somerset, is the place to visit.

    Approaching the centre...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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 Europe, the event takes place each...

  12. 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...

  13. 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.

    ...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. Flower tubs outside the market House

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    Castle Cary

    Castle Cary


    Castle Cary - one of the most attractive of Somerset's market towns.
    Tucked away in a secluded...

  17. Axbridge Church and square

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    Axbridge

    Axbridge

    Half-timbered buildings lean towards each other across a narrow street leading from the medieval...

  18. Chard

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    Chard

    Fore Street, Chard


    Chard is geographically the highest town in Somerset and nestles in a corner of South Somerset...

  19. Crewkerne

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    Crewkerne

    Market Square, Crewkerne


     

    An historic and attractive stone built country Market Town in the South Somerset Hills,...

  20. Porlock and Porlock Weir

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    Porlock and Porlock Weir

    Porlock

    Porlock is an attractive village with old thatched cottages and a good selection of shops, cafes,...

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