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BA3, Midsomer Norton
Stroll through the cosy town centre and stop at one of the many charming cafés. History buffs will be fascinated with the local area: nursery rhymes including Jack and Jill, Little Jack Horner and Ring o’ Roses are all thought to have originated around 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.
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