Easter Things to Do in Somerset
Cheddar Gorge is a fascinating place to visit, and holds millions of years of history within its limestone cliffs. At 400ft deep and three miles long, they form England’s deepest canyon. You can explore the many caves and caverns within the gorge, which are full of stalactites and stalagmites. Discover Gough’s Cave which was once home to prehistoric man, or head to the Museum of Prehistory to learn more about our ancestors. You can also take a cliff top walk, or head to Jacob’s Ladder and the Lookout Tower for some breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.
West Somerset Railway
This is the longest independent railway in Britain, and winds through 20 miles of beautiful countryside and coastline. The historic steam locomotives start their journey at Bishops Lydeard, and pass through Quantock Hills which is an AONB, and the Bristol Channel Coast. You can stop off at any of the 10 stations along the line to see medieval villages, historic abbeys and unique attractions like the Dolls Museum. You can also choose to stay on the train until it reaches Minehead, ending your journey with an ice cream at one of the many cafes, shops and arcades along the seafront.
Whatever your level and ability, cycling is a fun way to explore Somerset. The county is home to a large part of Exmoor National Park, as well as three AONBs – Mendip Hills, Blackdown Hills and Quantock Hills. There are also multiple historic towns and villages, so the varied terrain means there is something for everyone. There are plenty of routes around the county, from family routes and circular routes, to ones made for off road and mountain biking. For easier cycling, head to the Somerset Levels and Moors. If you want to challenge yourself, head to the AONBs for some climbs.
Shepton Mallet Prison
For something a little different, make the journey to Shepton Mallet Prison. Before its closure in 2013, it was the UK’s oldest prison, opened in 1625. Today, it is a visitor attraction where you can take guided tours to hear stories about what happened behind the prison walls. Step inside a cell and take on an escape room challenge with your gang. If you want to experience what it was like as a prisoner back then, you can even spend the night in a prison cell. This includes a night tour around the prison – see if you can spot the ghost of an old lady or a gentleman in a top hat.
The Roman Baths
Checking out the Roman Baths is one of the most popular Easter activities in Somerset. Bath is home to the best preserved Roman Spa in the world. Constructed in around 70AD, the baths are filled with 1,170,000 litres of steaming water each day. Meet costumed characters to hear the stories of past inhabitants, or explore at your own pace with an audio guide. You can also visit the museum and take a look at the interactive exhibitions to find out about life in Roman times.