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Somerset Attractions

Be they natural – like our long sandy beaches – or manmade – like our magnificent country homes, there are attractions aplenty in Somerset to suit all ages and interests.

As well as the coast and countryside, we have caves and canals; offering plenty of opportunities for adventure or quiet contemplation.

The beauty of the natural Somerset and Exmoor attractions, such as our bird reserves, is that they have something to see whatever the season, whether it is the visiting waders in winter or breeding bitterns in the spring.

The same is true for those attractions indoors be they museums, galleries or play areas.

Most Somerset attractions are designed to amuse and thrill the whole family and include three seaside piers, several aquaria, a number of zoos, a clutch of steam railways and plenty of fun parks.

There are exhibitions for the car crazy, plane mad and boat fanatics.

If it is culture you are after, there are abbeys, artists’ homes and castles.

England is famous for its gardens and Somerset is particularly well represented with some of the finest in the Country open to visitors.

Wells Cathedral, featured in BBC’s Drama ‘Wolf Hall’, is among the most popular of Somerset attractions with its breathtaking scissor arches.

It is up there with Glastonbury Tor as a major draw for visitors, the Tor having a magic and mystery all of its own.

If you are in the area you could also take in the Abbey with its association with the early Christianity and the Chalice Well.

The whole of Bath is a World Heritage Site so you cannot go far there without coming across an architectural gem but there are other places of interest such as the Thermal Spa and Roman Baths.

Somerset and Exmoor are blessed with a number of fascinating settlements whose roots can be traced back to Domesday and beyond.

As well as the ancient we have the modern with a brand new world class gallery and art centre run by Hauser & Wirth at Bruton.

Aside from the cultural, we have the natural with the awesome Cheddar Gorge and sumptuous Somerset Levels.

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  1. Keynsham Clocktower

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    Keynsham Clocktower

    Type

    Tower

    BRISTOL

    As well as being the centre piece of Keynsham’s renovated town centre, the clocktower is also a patchwork representation of the town’s history. Unvelied on the 19th September 2015 it features some of...

  2. Wild Wookey

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    Wild Wookey

    Type

    Cave

    Wells

    Wild Wookey is the best and most innovative adventure caving experience in the country in the most famous and spectacular caves in the UK. Designed and created by highly experienced and qualified...

  3. National Trust - Dunster Castle

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    National Trust - Dunster Castle

    Type

    Castle/Fort

    Dunster, Nr Minehead


    Dramatically sited on a wooded hill and the fortified home of the Luttrells for 600 years. Remodelled in the 1870s to create a splendid Victorian country house. A fine 17th- century carved...

  4. Brean Theme Park

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    Brean Theme Park

    Type

    Theme Park / Waterpark

    Brean Sands, Brean

    Visit BREAN THEME PARK, the Pre-eminent Free Admission Theme Park in the South West.

    Just off the M5 junction 22 (near Weston Super Mare). 100 metres from the sand dunes and seven miles of...

  5. National Trust - Montacute House

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    National Trust - Montacute House

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    Montacute

    Montacute House is a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, glow of ham stone and its surrounding gardens, it is a place of beauty and...

  6. West Somerset Railway

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    West Somerset Railway

    Type

    Family Fun

    Minehead

    The West Somerset Railway is the longest Heritage line in the United Kingdom. 

    The line is situated four miles outside the County town of Taunton, starting at Bishops Lydeard and finishing at...

  7. Wells

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    Wells

    Type

    Sightseeing

    8 Cathedral Green, Wells

    The historic City of Wells is just a short 45 minute drive from the beautiful City of Bath (UNESCO World Heritage City). The 22 mile route heads over the Mendip Hills and opens up a gateway to the...

  8. Puxton Park

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    Puxton Park

    Type

    Farm

    Hewish, Weston Super Mare

    Set within 40 acres of beautiful Somerset countryside, just off the M5 near Weston-super-Mare, Puxton Park is open 362 days a year, Mon-Sun 9.00am-5.30pm.

    An all-weather attraction, visitors can...

  9. Cheddar Gorge & Caves

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    Cheddar Gorge & Caves

    Type

    Cave

    Cheddar

    Explore Britain’s biggest gorge, from the stunning stalactite caverns to the dramatic cliffs rising over 450ft. This world-famous site is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which reveals many...

  10. Brean Play

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    Brean Play

    Type

    Family Fun

    Berrow, Burnham On Sea

    The South-West's BEST indoor soft play attraction. Brean Play at Brean Leisure Park, near Burnham On Sea, Somerset is open all year round and is the perfect place for your children to let off steam...

  11. Escape Rooms at Cheddar

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    Escape Rooms at Cheddar

    Type

    Family Fun

    Cheddar

    Escape Rooms at Cheddar

    Cheddar Gorge & Caves have two Cheddar-themed escape rooms that will test your brain power as you race against the clock to try and escape. So what do you think, are you...

  12. Fashion Museum Bath

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    Fashion Museum Bath

    Type

    Museum

    Bennett Street, Bath

    A must-see for every fashion-lover, the Fashion Museum Bath is home to one of the world's leading collections of historic and fashionable dress. Here you can see everything from sumptuous Georgian...

  13. The Bishop's Palace

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    The Bishop's Palace

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    Wells

    The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and this stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy.

     

    Surrounded by a breath-taking moat...

  14. Grand Pier

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    Grand Pier

    Type

    Family Fun

    Weston-super-Mare

    The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare, is the ideal destination for non-stop indoor family theme park fun. This North Somerset pier, with its state-of-the-art Pavilion is a truly iconic destination for:...

  15. Fleet Air Arm Museum

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    Fleet Air Arm Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Ilchester

    The all-weather attraction that is a great day out guaranteed to thrill all the family!

    Get up close to some of the most powerful and interesting naval aircraft to have taken to the skies at the...

  16. Hestercombe Gardens

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    Hestercombe Gardens

    Type

    Garden

    Cheddon Fitzpaine, Nr Taunton


    Discover 300 years of garden design in one inspiring estate.  Wander along the lakeside paths of the Georgian Landscape Garden, admire the views from the Victorian Terrace and see the stunning...

  17. Classic View

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    Roman Baths

    Type

    Historic Site

    Bath

    On the site of Britain’s only hot spring, the Romans built a magnificent temple and bathing complex, which still flows with natural hot water today. Come and explore the spectacular Roman Baths, at...

  18. Barrington Court, Ilminster

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    National Trust - Barrington Court

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    Ilminster

    Discover the haunting echoes of the past at Barrington Court, a Tudor manor house free from collections and furniture. Explore using your imagination and your senses to discover a house full of...

  19. Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

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    Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

    Type

    Animal Collection

    Bristol

    Noah’s Ark Zoo is a unique hands-on zoo located just outside Bristol and set in over 100 acres of beautiful countryside. With over 100 different species you can get up close with animals of all...

  20. Glastonbury Tor at sunset

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    Glastonbury

    Type

    Sightseeing

    1 Magdalene Street, GLASTONBURY

    The opening of the London Olympics in 2012 clearly demonstrated Glastonbury’s special significance as part of Britain's National heritage and identity.  The Tor is a National Icon; the Abbey a...

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