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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. Exford

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    On the river Exe, at the heart of Exmoor National...

  2. Midsomer Norton

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    Midsomer Norton

    Midsomer Norton

    Midsomer Norton which includes Welton Village,...

  3. Thatched cottages at Selworthy



    This delightful village of picturesque thatched...

  4. Nether Stowey

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    Nether Stowey


    The village of Nether Stowey is an ideal base...

  5. Bishops Lydeard

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    Bishops Lydeard

    Fore Street, Taunton

    This large and attractive village extends below...

  6. Frome

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    Justice Lane, Frome

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  7. Wiveliscombe

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    Situated at the foot of the Brendon Hills at...

  8. Farleigh Hungerford

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    Farleigh Hungerford

    2 Bridge Street, Frome

    Historic village dominated by the ruined castle...

  9. Wedmore

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    Burnham On Sea

    In the middle of the moors and the heart of...

  10. Charterhouse


    Charterhouse, also known as...

  11. Williton

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    Williton is a small town, home of West Somerset...

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