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SomersetEngland, United Kingdom

Minehead which includes a beach, a coastal town and general coastal views

Somerset is located in the South West of England, bordering both Gloucestershire and Dorset.

If it is a holiday in the countryside or a break by the seaside you’re after, then Somerset will not disappoint. Somerset has many cities, villages and market towns to explore, coupled with spectacular beach caves and moors.

There is a wide range of accommodation options to choose from when looking for somewhere to stay in Somerset. With hotels to suit all budgets or countryside bed & breakfasts giving you the option of escaping the normal hustle and bustle of everyday city life, plan your Somerset trip today.

The Roman Baths in Somerset are a must see for any visitor to the area; you’ll be amazed at how well these ancient baths have been preserved over time. With a very informative audio tour, you cannot fail to be enthralled by the history of these baths, especially when you see them set in the original Roman architecture.

Spend a couple of hours in the relaxing atmosphere of Wells Cathedral, constructed in an English Gothic architectural style with a stunning façade and 50 metre high towers. Beautifully cared for and used by many you will be impressed by one of England’s great cathedrals.

If you enjoy museums the Museum of Somerset is well worth a visit. Learn the county’s story from prehistoric times to the present day.The imaginative displays grab the attention of children and adults, containing the largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain. The museum contains a chilling account of the famous Bloody Assizes, the gruesome trials that followed the Monmouth Rebellion. All in all, a must see visitor attraction.

Bring the family to Cheddar Caves and the gorge, perfect for anyone seeking an adventure and fun. The scenic walk up the gorge is fantastic, believed to be Britain’s biggest gorge with dramatic cliff faces rising up to 450ft. The caves themselves have audio guided tours to provide some understanding into these ice age cave formations.

Somerset has a wide selection of beaches to choose from, including Kilve and Berrow, both perfect for children to enjoy with miles of golden sand to play in. Weston Super Mare Beach, complete with its own pier, provides a great family experience. Plenty of rides for the kids and a train journey to the pier end for those who would prefer not to walk it.

The Somerset area is also famous for its apple orchards and cider farms with over 150 varieties of apple coming from the area. Be sure to pencil in a trip to one of the local orchards or cider farms, where you’ll get to enjoy the wonderful apple flavours and experience of this area.

Glastonbury in Somerset is not only popular for its annual music festival (although this is pretty spectacular) but also Glastonbury Tor. The town itself is a nice place to relax over a cup of tea or coffee, whilst the views from the top of the Tor are amazing, stretching out across the whole county.

Popular cities in Somerset

Wills Memorial Building which includes a city, heritage elements and night scenes
Bristol
Known for Friendly People, Shopping and Business
With a youthful arts and entertainment scene, international festivals, as well as family-friendly attractions, Bristol is one of the liveliest cities in Britain today. And that’s all on top of the locally brewed beers, ciders and museums and historical sites.

Reasons to visit

  • We The Curious
  • St Nicholas Market
  • Millennium Square
Parade Gardens showing a castle, heritage architecture and a park
Bath
Known for Friendly People, Spa and Historical
This European capital has a dazzling repertoire. Vienna has been called the city of music, the city of dreams, and is one of the most liveable cities in the world.

Reasons to visit

  • Roman Baths
  • Thermae Bath Spa
  • University of Bath
Dorchester which includes street scenes as well as a large group of people
Dorchester
Known for Friendly People, Poolside Bars and Countryside
With greater historical legacies than many far bigger cities, Dorset's county town is rich in sights and activities for the curious traveler. 

Reasons to visit

  • Weymouth Bay
  • Tutankhamun: The Exhibition
  • Cerne Abbas Giant
Barnstaple featuring a small town or village as well as a small group of people
Barnstaple
Known for Friendly People, Poolside Bars and Garden
Find an exciting blend of numerous cultural and historical attractions with modern activities and water sports in this former river port along the River Taw.

Reasons to visit

  • Pannier Market
Minehead which includes a beach, a coastal town and general coastal views
Minehead
Known for Friendly People, Small Town and Relaxing
A popular seaside holiday destination since the Victorian era, this attractive town is also the gateway to Exmoor National Park. 
Taunton
Taunton
Known for Friendly People, Coffee and Countryside
Escape to quaint Taunton! Enjoy its gardens, countryside and adventures.