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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. The Jane Austen Centre

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    The Jane Austen Centre


    Exhibition Centre


    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...

  2. National Trust -The shop at Dunster Castle

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    National Trust -The shop at Dunster Castle


    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...

  3. National Trust - Dunster Castle

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    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...

  4. Wookey Hole Caves & Attractions

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    Wookey Hole Caves & Attractions


    Adventure Park/Playground


    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...

  5. National Trust -The Garden at Dunster Castle

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    National Trust -The Garden at Dunster Castle



    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...

  6. Classic View

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    Roman Baths


    Historic Site


    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...

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

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    National Trust -Watermill Tea-room at Dunster Castle


    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. The Bishop's Palace

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    The Bishop's Palace


    Historic House/Palace


    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...

  9. Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre

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    Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre


    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...

  10. National Trust - Dunster Working Watermill

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    National Trust - Dunster Working Watermill


    Water Mill


    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...

  11. National Trust - Montacute House

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    National Trust - Montacute House


    Historic House/Palace


    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...

  12. Glastonbury Abbey

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    Glastonbury Abbey




    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...

  13. Cheddar Caves & Gorge

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    Cheddar Caves & Gorge




    Visit Britain’s biggest gorge, take in the dramatic cliffs rising up 450ft and explore the stunning stalactite caverns below.

    Created by Ice age melt-waters over millions of years, this world...

  14. Barrington Court, Ilminster

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    National Trust - Barrington Court


    Historic House/Palace


    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...

  15. National Trust - Tyntesfield

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    National Trust - Tyntesfield


    Historic House/Palace


    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...

  16. Grand Pier

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    Grand Pier




    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...

  17. National Trust - King John's Hunting Lodge

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    National Trust - King John's Hunting Lodge




    This early Tudor timber-framed wool merchant's house (circa 1500) provides a fascinating insight...

  18. Nunney Castle

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    Nunney Castle



    Nunney, Nr Frome

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

  19. Avalon Marshes

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    Avalon Marshes


    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Westhay, Glastonbury

    At the heart of Somerset lies a beautiful area called the Avalon Marshes, a vibrant, working...

  20. Wells Cathedral, Wells

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    Wells Cathedral




    Wells Cathedral

    Built between 1175 and 1490 Wells Cathedral has been described as “the most...

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