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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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

 
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

 
Brean Sands

Brean Sands

A beautiful sandy beach, home to stonechats and jackdaws, with an 1860s fort too.

Location: Brean, 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

 
You've heard the band, now visit the town

You've heard the band, now visit the town

Follow the trail to find 28 striking art works in and around Portishead’s Quays Marina, on the Severn Estuary, just south of Bristol.

Location: Portishead, Somerset

 
Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Explore the city that inspired one of England’s most famous novel writers.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Pop the question on a Palladian bridge

Pop the question on a Palladian bridge

The Palladian Bridge, nestled in the beautifully landscaped gardens of Prior Park, offers a memorable spot for a proposal.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Take a free walking tour of Bath with a local

Take a free walking tour of Bath with a local

Let the Mayor of Bath’s Honorary Guides show you the city of Bath with free daily walking tours.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Explore a wild playground in Exmoor

Explore a wild playground in Exmoor

Cycle past ancient sights and ramble amongst towering trees on a walking or cycling holiday spent exploring two National Parks.

Location: Exmoor & Quantock Hills, Devon

 
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

 
Seek serenity at the Gainsborough Bath Spa

Seek serenity at the Gainsborough Bath Spa

Bathe in Bath’s natural spring waters at Britain's only natural thermal spa hotel.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Relax in Thermae Bath Spa’s open air rooftop pool

Relax in Thermae Bath Spa’s open air rooftop pool

Float in the open air rooftop pool at Britain’s only natural mineral-rich thermal spa and soak up the spectacular views over Bath.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
November events: Celebrate Mozart with world-class cultural events in Bath

November events: Celebrate Mozart with world-class cultural events in Bath

If Mozart is music to your ears then don’t miss a spectacular celebration of the musical genius at the annual Bath Mozartfest this November.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Enjoy a cosy family getaway in a luxury log cabin

Enjoy a cosy family getaway in a luxury log cabin

Explore the Somerset countryside on foot or in the saddle, before heading home to Tamarack Lodge’s toasty log cabin.

Location: Otterford, Near Chard, 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

 
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

 
December events: Grab yourself a festive bargain at Bath Christmas Market

December events: Grab yourself a festive bargain at Bath Christmas Market

Bath Christmas Market is a magical festive shopping experience, set against the city centre’s stunning backdrop of historic buildings.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Enjoy a country escape at Babington House in Somerset

Enjoy a country escape at Babington House in Somerset

If you like your romantic countryside hideaway to come with a cutting edge private members’ feel, Babington House will be right up your street.

Location: Frome, 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 a short 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

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