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Somerset Editorial Guide

Somerset is one of England’s most attractive and varied counties, packed with history, art and culture, wild open spaces, tourist attractions, outdoor activities, shopping galore, seaside holiday resorts, the deepest gorge in the UK, glorious heather moorland, unique low lying wetland in the Somerset Levels, picturesque golden-ham stone villages, magnificent religious buildings, breathtaking views, stately homes, abundant wildlife, classic gardens, a national park, history, mystery, myth and legend. Somerset is an enormously underrated county, it simply has it all no matter whom or what you worship or adore. Somerset has been an excellent tourist destination for thousands of years providing an endless source of inspiration for poets, painters, pilgrims and still satisfies all the needs of 21st century visitors.

Somerset is bordered by the Bristol Channel, Gloustershire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Devon.
A variety of interesting towns, villages and beautiful areas await to be explored. Bath, Bristol, Cheddar Gorge, Avon Gorge, The Mendip Hills, The Blackdown Hills, The Brendon Hills, Taunton, The Quantocks Hills, Frome, Yeovil, Bridgewater, Wellington, Wincanton, Weston Super Mare, Burnham-On-Sea, Brean Sands, Street, Wells, Minehead, Dunster, Dulverton, Exmoor National Park and the lovely Somerset Levels, in days gone by home of.. well maybe... King Arthur and his court.
Somerset is renowned worldwide for offering excellent education in top public schools, cheddar cheese, apple orchards, cider, leather products, basket making, balloon festivals, caving, cricket and a world famous music festival known simply as.. Glastonbury.
Somerset is also the home of early Christianity with a rich historical and religious past and has an exceptional array of interesting buildings, abbeys and churches.
Somerset is a rural county of great charm, dotted with towns that are energetic, vibrant, all surrounded by a peaceful pastoral landscape of infinite variety. Somerset has a tradition dating from medieval times of wonderful hospitality, service and food.

A holiday in Somerset… should leave you completely satisfied

AREAS

Bath, Bristol, Radstock, Frome

Bath is exquisite, elegant, enchanting, an architectural delight waiting at every corne. One of the world's most beautiful towns, wherever you look a graceful array of buildings will delight and dazzle, demanding to be admired. Bath is a living museum with thermal baths, spectacular gardens, a wealth of history combined with a forward-looking outlook. A fashionable cosmopolitan life with a café culture, Bath is surrounded by lovely countryside where you can hire a canal boat, go dry ski slope skiing, cycling, go karting, pony trekking or rock climbing. The Cotswold’s delights are but a short drive away. Bath truly deserves the title, A World Heritage Site.

Bristol: The West Country's biggest city blending old with new, water with land, alive, vibrant, always active offering real culture with a past, and buzzes with energy day and a night. Bristol is inspiring, slightly off the wall, full of creativity, arts and entertainment. Take a stroll through the revitalized harbor area, hire a boat, sit awhile in a harbor side cafe and admire the innovative people who live here. Bristol was the birthplace of that stunning supersonic bird of flight, Concord. Fly into Bristol International Airport and the joys of Somerset start on the doorstep while the rest are only a short drive away.

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Shepton Mallet - Evercreech Midsomer Norton -The Mendip Hills - Radstock - Frome
The Mendip Hills are steeped in history, great for adventure with lots of activities. Stone age man used to stay deep underground in Cheddar Caves, but you can have a more comfortable stay; a designer hotel or luxury B&B, enjoy a bath in a hot tub, (not a roll in hot mud which was the original attraction that brought our prehistoric relatives to live comfortably in Somerset caves) or the cleaning and healing properties of Bath’s hot springs.
Explore the labyrinth of caves amid the limestone cliffs in the United Kingdom’s deepest Gorge, watch England’s favorite Cheddar cheese being made. Fish or hire a boat on numerous lakes or waterways, discover friendly towns and explore a variety of glorious countryside.

Wells is a Somerset gem with a mediaeval heart. The City of Wells has the finest complete medieval street found in Britain and a magnificent cathedral. Priddy Village has an August sheep fair. Radstock, Frome, Shepton Mallet and Midsomer Norton are all attractive country market towns surrounded by excellent walking countryside, where quarrying is a major activity.

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Somerset Levels– Cheddar- Wookey – Glastonbury - Street - The Polden Hills
The soft and gentle Somerset Levels are where the whispering willow grows on the banks of Somerset “rhymes”, home to an abundance of bird life, flora and forna, unique to these ancient low lying wetlands. This extraordinary area of Somerset is the home of early man and Christianity.
Glastonbury Abbey dominated all around for years on end, now it’s the 'in place' to find the true meaning of life, set perfectly amid all the converging Somerset lay lines. Admire the view across the Somerset levels from Glastonbury Tor and Burrow Mump.
Street, home to Clarks Shopping Village, is the ideal place to enjoy a shopping extravaganza and Millfield School offers possibfsly - the World's best private education establishment.
Cheddar and Wookey offer places to stop in and shop in as well caves to explore in the limestone hills.

Search the Somerset levels for signs of King Arthur’s Court, have a ball at Glastonbury festival, explore the early settlements hidden across the levels. The Somerset Levels, historically called the summer land, are still full of swirling mystery, myth and legend.

Weston Super Mare - Burnham-On-Sea - Brean Sands – Bridgewater - Sedgemore

Weston–Super-Mare is a popular seaside resort and prides itself on an action packed summer events programme. Enjoy a traditional donkey ride on the miles of sand, visit the sea life centre, and Victorian Pier Pavilion. Weston is the perfect place to enjoy a traditional family holiday, suitable for children and adults with seven miles of golden sands. Burnham-On-Sea has a fine esplanade. The seaside villages of Brean Sands or Berrow, both have a good variety of camping sites, holiday parks, fun and amusement parks. Beach activities and sea fishing are also popular.
Bridgewater on the edge of the Somerset coastline, the Quantocks and the Somerset levels, is the commercial centre for Sedgemore. Bridgewater was an ancient river port and home to Britain’s biggest, brightest carnival, as well as an indoor splash leisure pool and interesting museum.

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West Somerset

Exmoor National Park - Minehead – Porlock – Dunster – Dulverton – The Brendon Hills Exmoor offers space, scenery, endless views, tranquillity, wildlife, starlit nights, pure air, a simply stunning coastline and an abundance of natural delights.
Exmoor National Park provided the inspiration for the famous hymn“ All Things Bright and Beautiful”.
Exmoor covers 265 square miles, an untamed natural Somerset beauty extending over the county border into delightful Devon. A walker's delight with 600 miles of public footpaths and bridleways traversing farmland and heather clad moor where Exmoor ponies and wild red deer roam free.
Minehead is a top quality sea side resort. Dunster, Selworthy and Porlock are just a few of the picturesque villages. Dulverton is a charming Exmoor town which has escaped damage from both traffic and man.
The Brendon Hills are relatively unknown and missed by nearly all. When promoting the U.K, tourism publications often use photographs from this area, not only is Exmoor very beautiful, it is incredibly photogenic. Very few places in the world offer a landscape such as Exmoor has.

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South West Somerset

Taunton - Wellington - Wiveliscombe - The Quantocks - The Blackdown Hills
Taunton Dean is located at the southern end of the Somerset Levels. Taunton is a clean, attractive, affluent town bustling with activity, shopping, restaurants and cafés. The rhythm of Somerset’s heartbeat is decided in Taunton, home to Somerset County Council administration system and the judiciary system.
Taunton, Wilvescombe and Wellington are surrounded by rolling hills, all are areas are of outstanding natural beauty. These conservation areas are a joy to lovers of the great outdoors - The Quantocks offer superb views in all directions. A true recreation area with lots of public access over rolling heather moorland, edged by folding valleys; an area loved by the poets Coleridge and Wordsworth who lived at Nether Stowey. The Blackdown Hills offer scattered hamlets hidden in a patchwork of fields bordered by empty straight roads, edged with gigantic beech trees - a timeless protected landscape.

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South Somerset

Wincanton – Illchester - Yeovil - Langport - Crewkerne - Illminster - Chard
Camelot Country and Ham Stone Country covers 370 square miles of traditional English landscape with endless vistas over verdant hills covered by hundreds of acres of undulating grassland, gorse or wooded covered escarpments folding over to mingle with scattered cider apple orchards and rivers flowing from the Somerset Levels.
Travelers can savor the atmosphere of Somerset’s friendly market towns of Wincanton, Ilchester,
Yeovil, Illminster, Chard and Crewkern all offer a tradition of fine food and hospitality. The A 303 road gives easy access to all of Dorset’s delights and continues into Devon’s delights.
The mysteries of the Somerset Levels draw tourists from historical Bruton, Castle Cary, Martock, Langport and the 7th Century royal capital of Wessex, Somerton. Scattered amid this landscape are hundreds of pretty villages often built of mellow golden colored ham-stone, heritage houses, local art and craft shops, classic gardens and attractions. South Cadbury is reputed to be the home of King Arthur’s Court.

This Somerset area has a rich historical and religious past combined with an exceptional array of architecturally interesting houses, buildings, abbeys, churches and monastic ruins, a holiday
in South Somerset will give you a real sense of going back in time through an absolute wealth of British history while being pampered in a hostelry with a comfy bed and fed and watered on excellent local produce. A holiday in South Somerset will leave you satisfied.

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Somerset is a superb tourist destination


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