From golden beaches and dramatic countryside to fascinating historical monuments and the world’s biggest music festival, no two visits to Somerset are ever the same.
The sleepy region of Somerset is famous for its pastoral landscape of hedgerows, fields and rolling hills. However, behind the idyllic countryside and quaint villages, the area boasts an eclectic array of stunning attractions to entertain the entire family.
There is an abundance of attractions for visitors of all ages, from the historical monuments such as the Glastonbury Tor, where legend has it Jesus himself visited, to the bustling and vibrant city of Bristol.
If the cosmopolitan cities do not take your fancy, then the rolling hills and lush countryside offer the perfect spot for exploring nature. Of course, after all that exploring, you will need to unwind, and Somerset plays host to some incredible restaurants, pubs and cafes, ensuring you will always be able to find some delicious food and drink.
Here we feature four of our more popular destinations in Somerset where we showcase a selection of vacation homes and cottages and unique places to stay on holiday.
The natural beauty of Exmoor makes it one of the most attractive spots in Somerset. Visitors are able to see breath-taking natural beauty and are able to enjoy everything from towering cliffs and sandy beaches to lush green valleys and gorgeous rivers.
For those holidaymakers looking to experience some history, Exmoor boasts an incredible array of ancient walking trails that take in beautiful attractions. For those looking for more modern attractions, the Quince Honey Farm, Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre and West Somerset Railway are very popular for the whole family.
Exmoor also offers visitors some more adrenalin-fuelled activities, with the region a popular spot for mountain biking, water sports and coasteering. If you are more of a cultural experience, Exmoor has a range of incredible art galleries and often boasts some unique exhibitions to enjoy.
After a day walking around Exmoor or taking in the many attractions, there are a wealth of delicious restaurants and pubs to help you unwind in at the end of a busy day. From traditional pub-grub specialities such as those served up at the Cross Lane House to Locanda on the Weir’s Italian and the classic fish and chips from Piggy in the Middle, you will be able to find every dish you fancy.
Glastonbury is most recognised for hosting the world’s biggest music festival, which over the last fifty years has seen the likes of the Rolling Stones, The Who and Stevie Wonder take to the stage. However, outside of that one weekend a year, the town is an amazing destination steeped in history and mythology.
The Glastonbury Tor is one of the most popular attractions; situated atop the top of a steep hill, the Tor is rumoured to be both the home of the Lord of the Underworld and a place where the fairies live. A walk back down the hill towards the Abbey reveals ruins of an ancient church which is rumoured to have been visited by Jesus Christ, be the burial spot of King Arthur and even perhaps the destination for the Holy Grail!
Away from the ruins, strolling through the town will reveal an abundance of quirky and new age shops. For those visitors looking to escape into the country, Glastonbury is also a great base for countryside walks, with dozens of fantastic routes all within easy reach.
Based in the foothills of the Mendip Hills, Wells is the smallest city in the UK, and the surrounding area has been named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is renowned for its incredible rock formations and underground caves, with Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole two of the most popular.
Although based in rolling hillsides, Wells is a short drive from Weston-Super-Mare, which is a stunning seaside town. Walking through the city will reveal an array of independent bookshops, florists, art galleries and music shops, while the city also has a wide choice of restaurants and cafes to help you relax and unwind in after a busy day exploring.
The historical town of Bath is a popular destination for holidaymakers, with the city famous for its Roman baths and incredible architecture. Take a stroll through the Royal Crescent and Circus or around the Roman Bath House, and you can feel history come alive.
While the city is famed for its historical buildings, it is also packed with contemporary attractions. The city features some incredible art galleries and museums, with the Victoria Art Gallery and Fashion Museum being two of the most popular.
A short stroll through the cobbled streets will also unveil an array of independent shops selling a wide variety of merchandise. Bath is also a foodie’s dream, with the city playing host to a delicious collection of restaurants. From Michelin star restaurants and AA Rosette-winning eateries to cafes serving local produce and popular pub grub, there is a huge choice of culinary talent to choose from.