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Frome, an enchanting little town on the eastern borders of Somerset's Mendips range of hills, is beautifully located for all sorts of day trips and has plenty of attractions on its own doorstep too. Choose a good B&B, guesthouse or hotel in Somerset and you can enjoy not only a stunning countryside of hills and valleys but also some of the best attractions in Wessex when you're based here.
When you've exhausted the possibilities of Frome Leisure Centre, head out to a place like nearby Nunney Castle, just two miles out of town. The castle is circled by a deep moat in the traditional style and looks every inch like a typical, fairytale medieval fortification. Bring a picnic and enjoy the French-style features of Sir John Delamare's 14th century creation. If your tastes run to an even older period, there's a hill fort at nearby Cley Hill which dates to the Iron Age and consists of a single rampart enclosing 17 acres. The kids will love Brokerswood Country Park with its adventure playground and woodland railway. All of these attractions are easily reached by car or even on foot from Frome town centre when you're based at a local Somerset hotel or guesthouse.
The famous Frome Festival started out in 2001 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Staged at the start of July for 10 days, the festival features everything from opera, classical and pop music to literature, films, photography and a range of workshops on green issues, local history and much else besides. There are plenty of Somerset hotels and B&Bs in the area, so try and time your visit for the Frome Festival for plenty of things to see and do. With 40 venues and 200 events, there's something for everyone and it's the highlight of the cultural life of the town. Frome also, incidentally, has some of the most picturesque cobbled streets with water running down the middle, and is a regional centre for arts and crafts, making it an ideal base for your Somerset hotel break.