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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. Nether Stowey

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    Nether Stowey

    Bridgwater


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

  2. Cannington college

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    Cannington

    Bridgwater

    The village of Cannington, on the edge of the...

  3. Wiveliscombe

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    Wiveliscombe

    Wiveliscombe


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

  4. Bishops Lydeard

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    Bishops Lydeard

    Fore Street, Taunton


    This large and attractive village extends below...

  5. Exford

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    Exford

    Exford

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

  6. Thatched cottages at Selworthy

    Selworthy

    Minehead

    This delightful village of picturesque thatched...

  7. Charterhouse

    Charterhouse

    Charterhouse, also known as...

  8. Williton

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    Williton

    Williton

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

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