Somerset is famous for its network of caves and visitor attractions. Tour Cheddar Gorge in the Mendip Hills to check out the stalagmites and stalactites and show caves. Visit Wookey’s Hole to explore a range of caves and caverns including Cathedral Chamber, Witch’s Kitchen and Witch’s Parlour.
The Exmoor National Park is 267 square miles of landscape ranging from rolling hills and moor, wooded valleys, rivers, streams and coastal cliffs. You’ll find pretty villages and welcoming pubs dotted across the landscape. Enjoy the fresh air and peace – or charge it up a bit and go exploring on foot, by horse, by bike or by car across the landscape.
Somerset has a number of stately homes to visit and enjoy including the magnificent 18th century Kings Weston House, Combe Sydenham Hall in Exmoor set in 500 acres of grounds including a deer park, Barrington Court a Tudor mansion with stunning gardens and Montacute House.
If you are interested in castles, Somerset has a choice – take in Dunster Castle near Minehead with stunning views across the Bristol Channel and Exmoor, the 14th century moated Nunney Castle near Frome and Farleigh Hungerford Castle in the Frome valley not far from Bath.
There are also numerous gardens to tour – visit Claverton Manor to see the Mount Vernon Garden replica at the American Museum, the National Trust managed Clevedon Court Gardens, the Greencombe Gardens at Porlock with its rhododendrons, oaks and chestnut trees, the stunning Hestercombe Gardens at Taunton and the peaceful moated Bishop’s Palace and Gardens at Wells.
The city of Bath is well worth exploring. The historic and well preserved Roman Baths are a fascinating insight to Roman life and contain many artefacts from the period. Georgian architecture adorns the city with famous Royal Crescent and The Circus particular attractions. Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon is stunning – one of only four examples in the world – and you’ll find lots of shops nearby. The striking Bath Abbey is over 1200 years old – see the Ladder of Angels on the outside. Bath also has a whole host of museums – the most per square mile in the UK – ranging from the Fashion Museum to the Jane Austen Centre.
The west front of Wells cathedral is an architectural masterpiece of early English Gothic style.
At Glastonbury you can explore Glastonbury Abbey – the ruins of a monastery founded in the 7th century. If you are feeling energetic then you can climb Glastonbury Tor to discover the roofless St. Michael’s Tower.
The South West Coastal Path starts at Minehead in Somerset and runs through Devon and Cornwall – at 630 miles long it is the longest marked trail in England.
Somerset’s famous names include former F1 drive Jenson Button, on screen baker Mary Berry, Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones fame, comedian John Cleese and explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
We all know about the cheese and cider including Blackthorn and Thatchers for which Somerset is famous, also try Somerset apple cake, Porlock Bay oysters or Bath Chaps – salted and smoked pigs cheeks covered in breadcrumbs.
Somerset has a large range of annual events, Minehead’s May Day Mayhem, Royal Bath and West Show, the world famous Glastonbury Festival, Folkfest, the Big Green Gathering, the Sand Sculpture Festival at Weston-super-Mare and whole range of food and drink festivals throughout the region.
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