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.
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, 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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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...
Keynsham Music Festival Set to Celebrate 20 Years
The 2017 Keynsham Music Festival will be celebrated as the 20th anniversary of The Festival. There is uncertainty about its exact origins, but...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
A friendly town set in the wide valley between the Brendon and Blackdown Hills, Wellington gave...
The delightful town of Dulverton lies on the southern edge of Exmoor National Park – Europe’s...
The High Street, Bruton
Bruton is a bit of a one off, even more so than every Somerset town.
Miles from anywhere, it’s...
Clevedon is a beautiful Victorian seaside town overlooking the Severn Estuary.
The town, by...