Somerset

Somerset’s attractions seem endless. Majestic gorges, rolling hills and endless wetlands. This southwest county has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty again and again. Walkers love following hedgerow trails to country pubs in the rolling Blackdown Hills. In the Quantock Hills you can freewheel into 'coombe' valleys on your mountain bike. Back in civilisation there are Saxon market towns nestled on riverbanks and Bristol Channel beaches packed with Victorian seaside charm, ideal for a family day out. Find your inner hippy in Glastonbury's spiritual shops and rock up to Pilton for the music festival.

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Somerset’s attractions seem endless. Majestic gorges, rolling hills and endless wetlands. This southwest county has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty again and again. Walkers love following hedgerow trails to country pubs in the rolling Blackdown Hills. In the Quantock Hills you can freewheel into 'coombe' valleys on your mountain bike. Back in civilisation there are Saxon market towns nestled on riverbanks and Bristol Channel beaches packed with Victorian seaside charm, ideal for a family day out. Find your inner hippy in Glastonbury's spiritual shops and rock up to Pilton for the music festival.

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Visit a Victorian Gothic house and estate

Visit a Victorian Gothic house and estate

The house near Wraxall in North Somerset is built of two types of Bath Stone, and is bristling with turrets and topped with a gorgeous elaborate roof.

Location: Tyntesfielsd, Wraxall, Somerset

 
Climb rocks and explore caves of the Mendip Hills

Climb rocks and explore caves of the Mendip Hills

The Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is made up of dramatic limestone ridges which offer spectacular views

Location: Mendip Hills, Somerset

 
Uncover the charms of the historic city of Wells

Uncover the charms of the historic city of Wells

Wells is a great place to base yourself for a short break to explore the city along with nearby attractions, such as Cheddar Gorge and Glastonbury with its Abbey and famous Tor.

Location: Wells, Somerset

 
Rainy Day Activities: Take afternoon tea in the Pump Room

Rainy Day Activities: Take afternoon tea in the Pump Room

Get a taste of Jane Austen’s world while tucking into a traditional English afternoon tea at Regency haunt, The Pump Room.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Take on the South West Coast Path National Trail

Take on the South West Coast Path National Trail

Wander the South West Coast Path and see the trail that allowed officials to catch smugglers in their coves and hideouts.

Location: Somerset

 
Picnic in Bath's most elevated park

Picnic in Bath's most elevated park

Enjoy stunning views of the World Heritage City of Bath from the steep hill-top setting of Alexandra Park.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
May events: Feel inspired at The Bath Festival

May events: Feel inspired at The Bath Festival

Enjoy music and literature from around the world with an incredible programme of arts and events.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Visit the impressive Nunney Castle

Visit the impressive Nunney Castle

Step back in time and experience life as it was at this moated, 14th-century castle.

Location: Nunney, Somerset

 
Lose yourself within the majestic rooms of Forde Abbey

Lose yourself within the majestic rooms of Forde Abbey

Pay a visit to Forde Abbey, which was recently the venue for filming a major scene in the 2015 film Far from the Madding Crowd.

Location: Chard, Somerset

 
Get the kids active at Mendip Snowsports Centre

Get the kids active at Mendip Snowsports Centre

Set in the beautiful Mendip Hills, action never stops at Mendip Snowsports Centre with kayaking, climbing, caving, archery, snowboarding, and more.

Location: Churchill, North Somerset

 
Look to the night sky on Exmoor

Look to the night sky on Exmoor

This National Park of diverse landscapes, woven together in a rich tapestry, provides inspiration day and night

Location: Exmoor, Devon/Somerset

 
Be at one with nature at Dyrham Park

Be at one with nature at Dyrham Park

Spend the day navigating nature trails, indulging in a cream tea and exploring 17th century stately home, Dyrham Park.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Blow your own glass bubble

Blow your own glass bubble

Learn about the distinctive aquamarine-coloured glass and make your own glass bubble at Bath Aqua Glass.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Enjoy panoramic views on the Bath Skyline Walk

Enjoy panoramic views on the Bath Skyline Walk

Enjoy a family break in Bath with some outdoor fun at Bath Skyline’s woodland play area before enjoying sweeping views across the city.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Rainy Day Activities: Catch a show at award-winning kids’ theatre, the egg

Rainy Day Activities: Catch a show at award-winning kids’ theatre, the egg

Looking for something to do when it rains that'll keep the kids entertained and adults smiling? Try a show or creative workshop at the egg.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
September events: Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

September events: Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Step into a Georgian world and explore the City of Bath that inspired one of England’s most famous writers.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
9 unmissable experiences in Exmoor

9 unmissable experiences in Exmoor

One of England's lesser-known national parks, Exmoor is more than ideal for an autumn break. From exploring the park by steam train to swimming with seals, here are nine unmissable experiences to have on a weekend break in this secret pocket of the south west.

 
Watch cheese making at The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company

Watch cheese making at The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company

Observe Cheddar’s last remaining cheesemakers as they go about their work and learn the tricks of their trade.

Location: Cheddar, Somerset

 
Horse-riding in Burnham-on-Sea

Horse-riding in Burnham-on-Sea

Show off your horsemanship as you trot your way along beautiful sandy beaches.

Location: Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset

 
Enjoy stunning views from the Quantock Hills

Enjoy stunning views from the Quantock Hills

Take in the beautiful views of the Quantock Hills and discover the rare Exmoor ponies grazing over Cothelstone Hill, wild flowers and the woodlands.

Location: Taunton, Somerset

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