North East Somerset

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Midsomer Norton

BA3, Midsomer Norton

Midsomer Norton

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What to do in Midsomer Norton


Welcome to one of the best-preserved coal mining towns in England: home to iconic nursery rhymes and inspiration for the name of long-running television series Midsomer Murders thanks to its quintessentially British moniker. Midsomer Norton has existed since the Iron Age, but the settlement boomed in the 1700s when the town’s coal mine opened - and you’ll see traces of its industrial past even today, most strikingly with the volcano-like figure of the mine’s spoil heap on the western edge of town.

Discover more about the town’s history at the Midsomer Norton Museum, housed in the former market hall, where a range of exciting exhibits show what life’s been like in north-east Somerset for the past 200 years. The railway routes that used to service the mining town are now lush greenways - stretching all the way to Frome and beyond, ideal for walking or cycling and taking in the serene Somerset setting.

In true Somerset spirit, the Midsomer Norton Farmers’ Market is hosted on each first Saturday of the month on the high street - perfect for getting your hands on local meat, fish, fruits, vegetables and cheeses. Enjoy your purchases with a picnic on The Hollies, a green space surrounded by shops right in the middle of the high street.

For family fun, stop at the Somerset and Dorset Railway, a heritage trust line run by volunteers that’s being lovingly restored. Look around the old station site and take a ride on the reinvigorated engines down the one-mile track into the countryside.
 


Road Directions


How to get to Midsomer Norton

By car: From the A303, exit at the Deptford roundabout and follow signs for Warminster and Frome, then towards Radstock. From the M4, exit at Junction 18 and pass through Bath before following signs towards Radstock, then Midsomer Norton.

By train and bus: Rail services run to Bath, from which you can connect to Midsomer Norton directly by bus.

By air: Bristol Airport is around 15 miles from Midsomer Norton. Catch the airport Flyer bus direct to Keynsham, then connect to local bus services to Midsomer Norton.

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Midsomer Norton
Midsomer Norton
Somerset
BA3
United Kingdom




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