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What to do in Somerton
Somerton’s an ancient settlement, mentioned in the Middle Ages as the capital of Wessex - the reason why it lent its name to the county of Somerset. Nowadays it’s a fine example of small-town Somerset life, packed with history and tradition that’s evident from the moment you step foot in Somerton’s old centre point, the aptly-named Cow Square.
Begin your tour of Somerton from Cow Square, with its Edwardian water fountain and architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries, by stroll along tree-lined Broad Street to reach the market place. Here, rich stone buildings, paved market space and outdoor café seating bring a continental vibe to the heart of Somerset.
You’ll also see the Church of St Michael and All Angels, with its rare octagonal tower and wonderful carved ceiling dating all the way back to 1450. In the centre of the market place you’ll find the wonderful Buttercross, a shelter built in the 1600s to protect butter, cheese and milk from spoiling in the Somerset sun during market days.
Drop in to the old town hall to see local works by local artists and craftspeople. The village hosts a range of family events throughout the year, often in an around the town hall. Stop off at one of the cosy tea rooms in the town centre, and venture into the historic side streets to find independent shops selling Somerset souvenirs.
Those in search of fresh Somerset air will find walks aplenty on the outskirts of Somerton. One of the best takes you to the viaduct over which runs the railway from London to Taunton, and underneath you’ll find River Cary and the fishing lakes stocked with trout.
As classically Somerset as you can find, Somerton evokes memories of country life at its most quintessential. It’s conveniently walkable: start at the historical heart of Market Square and take in the town’s many landmarks like the rare octagonal-tower Church of St Michael and All Angels.