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.
The Cleve Spa
Relax and unwind at The Cleve Spa…
The Jane Austen Centre is in the heart of the Georgian city of Bath, between the architectural attractions of Queen Square and the Circus, and just a short stroll from Bath Abbey, the Assembly Rooms and the Roman Baths. Come and meet our costumed ‘character’ guides, and enjoy being shown Bath’s fascinating history and its associations with Jane Austen and her family.
Brean Splash is a family owned business located at Brean Leisure Park in Brean Sands, Somerset 10 mins from M5, J22 Burnham On Sea, Somerset.
A visit to the Regency Tea Room is very much part of the Jane Austen Centre experience.
Stalwarts of the Somerset and Bristol brewery scene, Butcombe have been brewing consistently high-quality premium beers since 1978. Butcombe Brewing Co. love nothing more than hosting a bunch of beer enthusiasts at their brewery. Great for experts and beginners alike, we’ll happy share our passion and craft with you.
Taunton's most chic spot to catch up with friends, enjoy a meal with the family or a romantic dinner. Whether you're looking for healthy or hearty, you'll find it at Brazz.
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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