Some the finest historical properties in the UK - Somerset

Somerset and Exmoor have their fair share of castles, country houses, hill forts and ancient monuments. Outside London and Norfolk, Somerset has more Grade 1 Listed Buildings than any other county. Many of our most special buildings and landmarks are looked after for us by the National Trust, ensuring they are not lost to us and can be enjoyed by all. Some are in the care of English Heritage, such as the magnificent Muchelney Abbey while others, like Glastonbury Abbey are managed by Trusts. Some are still habitable, for example Dunster, while others are no more than ruins, albeit beautiful ones.  
 
Glorious architecture and fabulous grounds create atmosphere so a number of our notable grand houses have featured in films and TV Dramas which makes them doubly interesting to visit. Scenes from Poldark were shot in Wells and for Wolf Hall the stunning Elizabethan Montacute House became Greenwich Palace, to mention two. These historic treasures provide for great days out as they usually have cafes, shops and special exhibitions.
 
There are exceptional gardens too – East Lambrook was created by plants woman Margery Fish; Tintinhull’s Pool Garden, in memory of a war-time fighter pilot and Hestercombe has the signature of Gertrude Jekyll.
 
 

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