Things to do
If you want to spend a day relaxing, enjoying lovely food, beautiful scenery and old town charm Somerton is the Place to visit. There are many delights within the town including an old market place with a lovely Buttercross which is floodlit at night. Around and in the Market Place you can find the old Town Hall, which is now a gallery, the old courthouse and arms houses. Somerton has been used many times as a film location for French villages.
When Stourhead first opened in the 1740s, a magazine described it as ‘a living work of art’. The world-famous landscape garden has a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and rare and exotic trees, and offers a day of fresh air and discovery. Uncover the fascinating history of Stourhead house with an Italian ‘Grand Tour’ adventure and enjoy the unique Regency library, Chippendale furniture and inspirational paintings.
Dramatically sited on a wooded hill, a castle has existed here since at least Norman times, with an impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower giving a reminder of its turbulent history. The castle that you see today became a lavish country home during the 19th century for the Luttrell family, who lived here for 600 years. The castle boasts spectacular views toward the Bristol channel, the Quantock hills and up to the moors of Exmoor.
Enter a land of adventure. Where lions roam. Tigers stalk. And monkeys swing. Travel through time in a grand stately home. Lose yourself in one of our magical mazes. Hold exotic creatures from the ends of the Earth. This is Longleat. Jump in.
The historic steam locomotives, coaches and wagons, and the buildings of our ten unique stations linked by a twenty mile scenic journey will repay hours of exploration. The surrounding countryside is as varied as it is beautiful. The Quantock hills and distant Exmoor, unspoilt villages and farms nestling in leafy lanes, the cliffs and coast of the Bristol Channel, Dunster's imposing Castle and Minehead's seaside charm are all waiting to be discovered.
Ham Wall National Nature Reserve (NNR) is a nature reserve of rustling reed-beds and glinting open water. This provides a vital habitat for a wonderful range of birds and other wildlife. Reed-beds were once common in our landscape, they’re now scarce. At Ham Wall abandoned peat workings have been transformed into a nationally important wetland teeming with life. Come birdwatching or simply walking through the fantastic Somerset levels.
Clifton Suspension Bridge is a Grade One listed structure and one of the greatest engineering achievements of the Victorian age. It was designed and built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Clifton Village is a vibrant and fashionable quarter of Bristol. It's graced with fine Georgian and Victorian architecture and plenty of shops, hotels, bars and restaurants to tempt the residents and travellers alike.
Bath is a beautiful and truly unique destination brimming with so many things to do. Walk through the fantastic Georgian city centre, with many interesting buildings, independent shops and eateries. Unique and stylish, Bath is the only place in the UK where you can bathe in naturally hot spa water at Thermae Bath Spa and visit 2,000 year old original Roman Baths. The ciry is so beautiful and special that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Glastonbury Tor is a hill near Glastonbury in the English county of Somerset, topped by the roofless St Michael's Tower, a Grade I listed building. Enjoy an energetic walk to the top for some fabulous views. The whole site is managed by the National Trust, and has been designated a scheduled monument.
Britain’s most spectacular show caves and home to the infamous Witch of Wookey. Wander through the prehistoric Valley Of The Dinosaurs and enter the 19th Century Paper Mill, which houses a variety of fascinating attractions including the Victorian Penny Arcade, magical Mirror Maze, cave museum, Pirate Zap Zone, and soft play areas. Round the day off with a game of Pirate Crazy Golf – now included in your ticket!
The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens are surrounded by a breath-taking moat (with resident swans!). Visitors can cross a flagstone drawbridge, walk under the portcullis and experience a true hidden gem in the heart of the City of Wells. There are 14 acres of outstanding gardens to explore, including the beautiful well pools from which the city takes its name. This is a palace of enchantment!
When it comes to traditional family holidays, the string of resorts running all the way down the seaboard of Somerset has everything you need. Weston-super-Mare is the biggest, and also one of the oldest. These elegant resorts grew out of tiny fishing villages two hundred years ago, when the fashion in holidays and health cures changed from ‘taking the waters’ at spa towns like Bath, to sea bathing. The wonderful sweep of Weston Bay, with views over to Wales and down to Exmoor, is a never ending
Wells Cathedral has been described as “the most poetic of the English Cathedrals”, is set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city and is the earliest English cathedral to be built in the Gothic style. The current building was erected between the 12th and 15th centuries and is a significant landmark in Somerset and the South West.
Lyme Regis boasts breathtaking scenery and a special mystique. Its historic Cobb and harbour are iconic features, set against moody blue cliffs yielding fossilised evidence of life on earth millions of years ago. It is the home of palaeontology, a world-class creative and cultural community, a bustling harbour, gastronomic delights, an array of shops, a calendar full of events, and plenty for the active.
The Haynes International Motor Museum is the UK's largest collection of the greatest cars from around the world with over 400 amazing cars and bikes from the dawn of motoring in the late 1800s through nostalgic classics of the 1950s and 1960s, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to world renowned super cars like the Jaguar XJ220.
Europe's largest Naval aviation collection. The Museum holds many thousands of objects ranging from complete aircraft to individual medals, photographs and documents.
Lytes Cary Manor is an intimate medieval manor house with a beautiful Arts and Crafts garden. The garden rooms contain a magical collection of topiary and herbaceous borders, while tranquil walks on the estate take you along the River Cary. To complete your visit, take a stroll among our community allotments and discover their creative and colourful designs.
Visit one of the many traditional cider farms. Your welcome flagon of cider came from just down the road in Street!