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Somerset is a county of contrasts with invigorating coastlines and seaside sandy beaches, gigantic limestone gorges, low-lying wetlands, uplands and moors with panoramic views.
Within those contrasts there is a wide choice of things to do in Somerset. The landscape gives rise to some of the best grassland in the world, along with beautiful apple and pear orchards and fields of vegetables. Somerset offers a brilliant choice of quality local food and drink – ciders, ales, fruit juices and cheeses including, of course, Cheddar! Somerset’s farming tradition is celebrated at many events throughout the year including The Royal Bath and West Show, Dunster Show, The North Somerset Show, The Mid Somerset Show and Yeovil Show. Somerset even has its own Cheese Show at the Frome Agricultural Show each September!
Within this wonderful landscape sits Somerset’s stately homes and gardens. Be inspired by Gertrude Jekyll’s creativity at Hestercombe or Barrington Court, or explore Margaret Fish’s cottage garden at East Lambrook Manor Gardens. The Prior Park Landscape Garden in Bath offers one of the most exquisite views in Europe, a tease of the Georgian city behind. Somerset has many historic properties from castles to country houses, whose secrets are waiting to be discovered.
The stunning architecture of Wells Cathedral provides a great backdrop to the Bishop’s Palace and Gardens, as does Forde Abbey to the thirty acres of lawns, arboretum and the tallest powered fountain in England. The RHS partnered Walled Gardens at Cannington has a Grade 1 listed medieval priory backdrop. Somerset’s cutting edge in contemporary garden design can be seen at Hauser & Wirth and The Newt in Somerset.
Somerset churches blend local stone and architecture with the unique landscape, from Culbone near Porlock which is said to be the smallest church in England, the idyllic, isolated church of Raddington, to a church that actually is in a field at Low Ham! These are beautiful places to see in Somerset for those who are charmed by nature and appreciate how architecture can blend with the landscape.
Wildlife watching is a key part of appreciating nature in Somerset. Wildlife sightseeing and bird watching is popular at RSPB reserves including Greylake, Ham Wall and Swell Woods. It’s a roll-call of animals and birds including otters, water-voles, bitterns, kingfishers, lapwing, redshank, snipe and herons.
There are so many ways that the landscape can provide for a free day out in Somerset. Amazing views cost nothing, whether from Somerset’s highest point at Dunkery Beacon on Exmoor, Brean Down which acts as a natural pier into the Bristol Channel, Glastonbury Tor, Crook Peak, Cheddar Gorge or Brent Knoll.

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