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The Historic Treasures of Somerset

Since early man laid a timber walkway across the moors of central Somerset, his descendants have been leaving fascinating reminders of their activities in the County from grand abbeys to humble peat huts.

As the operational base for Alfred the Great, when he successfully repelled the Vikings, Somerset has a wealth of historic treasures tracing a proud past.

No matter which period you pick, we can supply plenty of places that inform the visitor of the part played by our people in the important events of the age whether it is Roman occupation, Civil War or Industrial Revolution.

We even have a claim to history that is shrouded in myth with talk of King Arthur and Avalon.

No visit to the County would be complete for historians without a trip to Bath or Glastonbury.

For many, History is punctuated by battles and the County has connections with some of the most notorious.

The last battle fought on English soil – the Battle of Sedgemoor – was at Westonzoyland where a model of the action can be found in St Mary’s Church.

Our county town, Taunton, witnessed Judge Jeffreys 'Bloody Assize' in the aftermath and there is an exhibition on the Pitchfork Rebellion in Somerset Museum.

Nearby Wellington gave its name to the Duke who triumphed at Waterloo and Bridgwater is the birth place of this country’s most successful admiral – Admiral Blake.

More recently, in the Second World War, the Mendip Hills were used to simulate Bristol in order to draw enemy fire away from the City.

Other war time paraphernalia includes pill boxes built along the Taunton Stop Line intended to defend us against invasion.

Defences in the form of castles can be found at Taunton, Dunster, Farliegh Hungerford and Nunney.

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  1. Classic View

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    Roman Baths

    Type

    Historic Site

    Bath

    On the site of Britain’s only hot spring, the Romans built a magnificent temple and bathing complex, which still flows with natural hot water today. Come and explore the spectacular Roman Baths, at...

  2. National Trust -The Garden at Dunster Castle

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    National Trust -The Garden at Dunster Castle

    Type

    Garden

    Dunster, Nr Minehead

    The result of 100s of years of planning, building and restoration a walk around the gardens at Dunster Castle takes you around the world and though four different microclimates.

    The South...

  3. The Jane Austen Centre

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    The Jane Austen Centre

    Type

    Exhibition Centre

    Bath

    The Jane Austen Centre is in the heart of the Georgian city of Bath, between the architectural attractions of Queen Square and the Circus, and just a short stroll from Bath Abbey, the Assembly Rooms...

  4. National Trust - Dunster Castle

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    National Trust - Dunster Castle

    Type

    Castle/Fort

    Dunster, Nr Minehead


    Dramatically sited on a wooded hill and the fortified home of the Luttrells for 600 years. Remodelled in the 1870s to create a splendid Victorian country house. A fine 17th- century carved...

  5. National Trust -The shop at Dunster Castle

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    National Trust -The shop at Dunster Castle

    Type

    Shop/Shopping Centre

    Dunster, Nr Minehead

    Explore the atmospheric 17th-century stables and visit the shop for high quality, original gifts and local products. Our shop is brimming with beautiful things, so you are sure to find something to...

  6. Wookey Hole Caves & Attractions

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    Wookey Hole Caves & Attractions

    Type

    Adventure Park/Playground

    Wells

    Britain’s most spectacular show caves and home to the infamous Witch of Wookey. Wander through the prehistoric Valley Of The Dinosaurs and enter the 19th Century Paper Mill, which houses a variety of...

  7. National Trust -Watermill Tea-room at Dunster Castle

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    National Trust -Watermill Tea-room at Dunster Castle

    Type

    Tea/Coffee Shop

    Dunster, Nr Minehead

    The newly refurbished Watermill Tea-room is opposite the working watermill in peaceful surroundings alongside the River Avill. Offering seasonal treats from hearty lunches to delicious cakes it's a...

  8. Grand Pier

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    Grand Pier

    Type

    Pier

    Weston-super-Mare

    Welcome to the ultimate 21st Century indoor theme park!

    The Grand Pier is open every day, except Christmas Day, so come hail, rain or shine, you’ll always get a warm welcome. Whatever the...

  9. Cheddar Caves & Gorge

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    Cheddar Caves & Gorge

    Type

    Cave

    Cheddar

    Explore Britain’s biggest gorge, from the stunning stalactite caverns to the dramatic cliffs rising over 450ft. This world-famous site is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which reveals many...

  10. The Bishop's Palace

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    The Bishop's Palace

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    Wells

    The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and this stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy.

     

    Surrounded by a breath-taking moat...

  11. National Trust - Tyntesfield

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    National Trust - Tyntesfield

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    Bristol

    At its heart Tyntesfield is a Victorian country house and estate, which serves as a backdrop to the remarkable story of four generations of the Gibbs family. Their tale charts the accumulation of...

  12. National Trust - Montacute House

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    National Trust - Montacute House

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    Montacute

    Montacute House is a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, glow of ham stone and its surrounding gardens, it is a place of beauty and...

  13. Barrington Court, Ilminster

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    National Trust - Barrington Court

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    Ilminster

    Discover the haunting echoes of the past at Barrington Court, a Tudor manor house free from collections and furniture. Explore using your imagination and your senses to discover a house full of...

  14. Glastonbury Abbey

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    Glastonbury Abbey

    Type

    Abbey/Priory

    Glastonbury

    Glastonbury Abbey is connected with legend to a degree that is unparalleled by any other abbey in England. Since Medieval times it has held legendary status as the earliest Christian foundation in...

  15. National Trust - Dunster Working Watermill

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    National Trust - Dunster Working Watermill

    Type

    Water Mill

    Dunster

    Fully restored watermill

    A restored 18th-century watermill built on the site of a mill mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086.

    The mill is set in peaceful surroundings alongside the River...

  16. Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre

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    Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre

    Type

    Heritage/Visitor Centre

    Stoke St Gregory, Nr Taunton

    A warm welcome awaits you at the Willows & Wetlands Visitor Centre.

    Willow is as traditional to Somerset as cheese and cider, although perhaps not so much is known about it these days. Here in...

  17. Nunney Castle

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    Nunney Castle

    Type

    Castle/Fort

    Nunney, Nr Frome

    The striking and picturesque moated castle of Nunney was built in the 1370's by Sir John de la...

  18. Somerset Rural Life Museum

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    Somerset Rural Life Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Glastonbury

    Visitors to Somerset Rural Life Museum can explore rural life from the 1800s onwards and discover...

  19. National Trust - Fyne Court

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    National Trust - Fyne Court

    Type

    Garden

    Nr Bridgwater

    Fyne Court is a hidden gem in the heart of the Quantock Hills. Lose yourself in this wild garden,...

  20. Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

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    Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Nr Ilfracombe, Exmoor

    Over 28 Acres of naturally beautiful valley with cascading streams and waterfalls, woodland walks,...

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