What to do in North Somerset

Covering an area of more than 130 square miles, North East Somerset - also known as Bath and North East Somerset (or BANES) was created in 1996 after the county of Avon was divided between Somerset and Gloucestershire. Today it’s an area of rolling hills, sparkling lakes and quintessentially English villages.

Start in Keynsham, at the very northern edge of the area: a bustling commuter town ideally positioned on the main road between Bristol and Bath. Venturing through lush field-lined roads towards the stunning Chew Valley Lake, you’ll find beautiful villages like Chew Magna and West Harptree that offer rural serenity but are still perfectly connected to Somerset’s main transport routes.

To the south are cosy towns including Midsomer Norton and Radstock, packed with history from the middle ages to the industrial revolution. Go west and you’ll find villages like Freshford hidden among picturesque river valleys, conveniently located on rail lines to Bristol, Bath and Frome.  

Testifying to its desirability, North East Somerset is home to celebrities and leading hospitality venues alike. British actors Maisie Williams and Anthony Head both have homes in the area, while Coldplay and Kylie Minogue are just two of the artists who’ve performed at the Ring O’ Bells pub in Compton Martin. The lakeside Salt and Malt restaurant in Chew Stoke cooks award-winning seafood, whilst the world-famous hotel and venue Babington House sits just outside North East Somerset’s south-eastern border.

Covering a huge area between Wells and Bath

North Somerset is home to the Chew Valley and its lakes, and the Somer Valley.


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