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Glastonbury Abbey

Historic Sites

The county town, Taunton, witnessed Judge Jeffreys 'Bloody Assize' during the infamous Pitchfork Rebellion in 1685, the last civil battle fought on English soil. There is a superb exhibition on the rebellion in Somerset Museum - based in Taunton Castle - and Westonzoyland, the battle site, has a model of the action in the church.

Other castles well worth a visit are Dunster, an impressive fortification based in a medieval village; Farliegh Hungerford outside Frome and Nunney near Wells, which is an impressive ruin, complete with moat! Wells is England’s smallest city and has been used as a location for filming Hot Fuzz; Elizabeth, The Golden Age; The Libertine and Doctor Who.

Glastonbury Abbey, said to be the earliest Christian site in Britain is also known for its association with King Arthur and his wife Guinevere. The majestic and world-famous Glastonbury Tor stands sentinel over the town and the Somerset Levels.

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