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Heritage & Gardens

Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton was discovered in the caves at Cheddar and the oldest timber trackway in Europe uncovered on the Somerset Levels - clear evidence of the County’s long history of settlement. Add to this two famous Kings – Arthur and Alfred and it is little wonder the area is awash with myth, legend and real heritage.

Somerset has the country’s oldest prison, the only surviving monastic fishery building, the site of the last pitched battle on English soil and a clutch of decoy towns used in the last war to confuse the enemy. It has medieval settlements and the UK’s smallest City, Wells which packs a quite punch when it comes to historic buildings - a 13th century cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and ancient inn to name a few.  There are 36 English Heritage sites in Somerset and 19 owned by National Trust including the last remaining thatched windmill in England – Stembridge Tower Mill. The County is justly famous for the number of fine churches especially those with medieval towers.

Along with Abbeys, Priories and castles usually come superb gardens and Somerset claims its fair share as well as Walled Gardens, Botanic Gardens, Cottage Gardens and even Secret Gardens. These wonderful retreats have lakes, parterres, cascades, follies and in one case a viaduct. Several are designed by world famous names.

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