So much to experience
Somerset is a county of contrasts from invigorating coastlines and seaside sandy beaches to gigantic limestone gorges, from low-lying wetlands to 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! Farming in Somerset is at its most traditional with agriculture matching the landscape. This is celebrated at many traditional country shows 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!
Also alongside this landscape sit Somerset’s stately homes and gardens. Be inspired by Gertrude Jekyll’s creativity at Hestercombe or Barrington Court through to the Margaret Fish 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.
The stunning architecture of Wells Cathedral also 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. Kilver Court Gardens are set against a 19th century viaduct whereas 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 also blend local stone and architecture with the unique landscape, from Culbone near Porlock which is said to be the smallest church in England, Raddington which seems to be in the middle of nowhere, to a church that actually is in a field at Low Ham! These are beautiful places to see in Somerset for those who love the outdoors and charm of nature and who appreciate how architecture blends 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 nature 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.
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is home of the big zoo animals including African Elephants, White Rhino, Giraffes, Lions, Tigers and Spectacled Bears. You’ll be amazed at the variety of nature you’ll see with over 100 species of animals, set in 100 acres of Somerset countryside.
Nestled in the rolling North Somerset countryside stands one of the region’s most popular destination spa hotels.
Whether you want a sit down lunch, a take away cup of coffee to sip as you wander the grounds or have brought your own picnic there's plenty of options at Dunster Castle.
The Florentine is a stylish bistro café situated in the Winter Gardens Pavilion. We serve a selection of cakes, sandwiches and hot food, as well as a selection of hot and cold drinks.
The result of 100s of years of planning, building and restoration a walk around the gardens at Dunster Castle takes you around the world and though four different microclimates.
Situated within the Bristol Hippodrome Piano Bar, Hanover Street Bistro is a stylish dining establishment serving a delicious menu.
Somerset’s food and drink industry offers an abundance of produce available at local farm shops and delis. Find out where to shop for Somerset food and drink & more....
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Goldcrest Lodge at Mill Meadow is perfect for two or one and is available to book by the night.
4 beautiful 4 star rated self catering properties sleeping from 2-23 near Taunton.
Join us at the Grand Pier on Saturday 16th November, and regress back to your younger years with our
The Quantock Belle operates on the scenic West Somerset Railway between Bishops Lydeard (near Taunto