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Somerset Towns & Villages

Why are we telling you about Somerset towns?...Surely every county has towns?

Indeed, but we think ours are rather special, and after you’ve seen some we’re sure you’ll agree.

To start with, Somerset’s a very big county, so we have rather a lot of them.

Secondly, we’re a county of contrasts, so no two are alike.

Thirdly, we have very attractive building materials – several kinds of mellow stone, local brick and tile, quite a lot of thatch here and there which make up streetscapes which are a joy to wander through. 

Fourthly, our history and geography mean that towns have always been very important local centres.

Low-lying wetlands used to mean that some parts of Somerset were very isolated, so Somerset towns had to be entirely self-sufficient, and became fiercely independent.

While we welcome visitors, we’ve always resented outside interference.

It’s no coincidence that the ‘Pitchfork Rebellion’ saw the last pitched battle ever fought on English soil, on Sedgemoor in 1685.

Each town had everything it needed to withstand a siege or a bad spell of winter weather.

Everything was arranged so that you were never more than half a day’s walk from a market town.

Today this still means that whichever of the Somerset towns you visit, you won’t want for plenty of pubs, shops, churches, craft centres, food providers and places to stay. 

Our county town, Taunton, is well qualified to take the lead in interesting urban experiences.

Close behind come the ancient market towns: Wellington, Williton, Watchet, Dulverton, Ilminster, Cheddar, Chard, Crewkerne, Yeovil, Somerton, Dunster, Langport, Wincanton, Frome, Glastonbury, Radstock, Bridgwater, Bruton, Castle Cary, Radstock and Wells (Sorry, Wells is a city, actually!).

Add in the resort towns of Clevedon, Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea and Minehead, the ‘model factory town’ of Street, and of course the magnificent city of Bath.

Then we start on the villages...

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  1. Wellington

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    A friendly town set in the wide valley between the Brendon and Blackdown Hills, Wellington gave...

  2. North Petherton

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    North Petherton


    Before it became a town, North Petherton was the largest village in England. It was an important...

  3. Radstock

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    Radstock is renowned as one of the best preserved former coal-mining towns in England which is the...

  4. Camerton

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    Camerton is home to about 600 people living in 258 dwellings spread over a large geographical area...

  5. Ilminster

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    Ilminster takes its name from the River Ile and the Minster church dating from 1450.  The town grew...

  6. Chew Stoke

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    Chew Stoke

    Chew Stoke

    CHEW STOKE has a population of around a 1000 and lies at the foot of the Mendip Hills – designated...

  7. Langport

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    This ancient market town lies at the heart of the Somerset Levels, strategically placed at a...

  8. Saltford

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    The historic village of Saltford is a large village (4,200 residents) situated alongside the A4,...

  9. Horse Riding on the beach

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    Blue Anchor


    Blue Anchor Bay is a quiet coastal location with a long sandy beach offering peaceful relaxation....

  10. Paulton

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    Paulton is a large village with approximately 2,620 homes, located to the north of the Mendip Hills...

  11. West Harptree

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    West Harptree


    West Harptree is a small village in the Chew Valley, North Somerset. It is approximately 10 miles...

  12. Wincanton

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    Market Place, Wincanton

    Two hundred years ago as many as seventeen stage coaches a day would pass through Wincanton. ...

  13. Crewkerne

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    Market Square, Crewkerne


    An historic and attractive stone built country Market Town in the South Somerset Hills,...

  14. Dulverton

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    The delightful town of Dulverton lies on the southern edge of Exmoor National Park – Europe’s...

  15. Ubley

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    Ubley Parish sits in the Yeo valley at the west end of the Chew Valley.  It is bordered to the...

  16. Bishops Lydeard

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    Bishops Lydeard

    Fore Street, Taunton

    This large and attractive village extends below...

  17. Frome

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    Justice Lane, Frome

    Discover more about the historical town of Frome...

  18. Nether Stowey

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    Nether Stowey


    The village of Nether Stowey is an ideal base...

  19. Midsomer Norton

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    Midsomer Norton

    Midsomer Norton

    Midsomer Norton which includes Welton Village,...

  20. Exford

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    On the river Exe, at the heart of Exmoor National...

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