Things To Do in Somerset
So many places to visit, so little time!
In a County of wide open spaces, steeped in culture and history, there are just so many things to do you will find yourself spoilt for choice. Whether you have a specific purpose in mind - such as fishing or climbing - or whether you submit to serendipity, there is something for everyone.
Somerset is perhaps best known for its festivals such as the world famous event at Glastonbury or the magnificent illuminated carnival in Bridgwater but it also has a calendar full of smaller local celebrations ranging from the arty to the agricultural.
If it is peace and quiet you are after there are the wild moors and dark skies of our National Park, Exmoor to consider or the mysterious Somerset Levels where you can cycle or stroll and literally see for miles. The County is rich in wildlife and ranks among the UK’s top places for birdwatching, particularly in the winter months when it welcomes visiting wildfowl in vast numbers.
You can let the train take the strain if you prefer and climb aboard the longest standard gauge heritage railway in the country, go pony trekking in the hills or ride a donkey on the beach. If you like walking you can follow in the footsteps of the poet Coleridge along the route that takes his name or trail along any of the many rivers and waterways that cross the County.
Among the must-do things to do when you are in the home of some of the finest food and drink produced anywhere in the country is to search it out at the farmers’ markets, sample the cider that has been synonymous with Somerset for centuries and taste the UK’s most popular cheese, Cheddar in the place that gave it its name. While you are there you can explore the celebrated gorge and caves.
Full of contrasts, the County is not just about the open air. You can shop till you drop in a leading designer outlet complex, surround yourself with echoes from the past in a medieval village or spend hours in a museum or country garden – the choice is yours.
The youngest National Hunt racecourse in Britain and one of the most beautifully...
Beautiful and intimate 18th-century landscape garden.
Late medieval house with large Gothic hall windows, originally residence of priests...