Heritage Britain

The county of Somerset, England



American Museum at Claverton Manor, Bath

This county in the West Country is composed of some of the most beautiful scenery in England. Sandwiched mainly between Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire with a tip of Gloucestershire to the north the Quantock Hills and the limestone of the Mendips are particularly lovely. Exmoor too, of course, holds a special appeal and is typified by the wild animals that roam it and the softness of the turf beneath your feet. Rich in legend and history, Somerset has the closest associations of any English county with King Arthur, with Cadbury said to be Camelot and Glastonbury Abbey the burial place of Queen Guinevere. This is also ‘Wessex’ and its churches are noted for their tall towers.

Famous for its cider, the county is full of thatched roofs, and picture-post card scenes and is perfectly central for exploring the West Country in detail.

The former county of Avon (1971) has now been dissolved and reverts once more to Somerset. The jewel in the crown here is beautiful Bath with its Roman beginnings and elegant Georgian architecture. Bath is the most popular destination in Somerset and home to many attractions worth visiting including The American Museum, The Roman Baths, Thermae Spa and Holburne Museum and Art Gallery to mention just a few.

Nearby, Bristol is a vibrant and attractive town and is also important as Cabot set sail from here to the New World in 1497. A quick drive a cross the severn bridge will see you in Wales in no time at all.

Where to stay and things to do in Somerset

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Selected Somerset hotels - Please Refresh for another random Hotel list

Woodlands Country Hotel & Restaurant, Brent Knoll
Queensberry Hotel
& Olive Tree Restaurant
, Bath
Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath
Simonsbath House Hotel , Exmoor
Leighton House, Bath
Dorian House, Bath
Macdonald Francis Hotel, Bath
Exmoor White Horse Hotel, Exmoor
Highways House, Bath
Homewood Park- A Von Essen Hotel, Bath

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Explore Somerset Towns

Allerford | Appley | Ashcott | Ashill | Axbridge | Axminster | BARNSTAPLE | Bath | Bathampton | Bathford | Beckington | Beer | Blagdon | Bradford-On-Tone | Brean | Brent Knoll | Bridgewater | Bridgwater | Bristol | Bristol, Avon | Broadway | Brompton Regis | Bruton | Burnham on Sea | Burnham-On-Sea | Burtle Somerset | Butleigh | Carhampton | Castle Cary | Catcott | Chard | Charlton Mackrell | Cheddar | Cheddar, Somerset | Chew Magna | Chilton Polden | Chipping Sodbury | Churchill | Churchinford | Clapton-In-Gordano | Clevedon | Clutton | Colerne | COLYTON | Combe Hay | Compton Martin | Congresbury | Coxley (Near Wells) | Cranmore | Creech Saint Michael | Crewkerne | Croscombe | Crowcombe | Curland | DEVON | Dinder | Dinnington | Ditcheat | DORCHESTER | Dorchester Dorset | Dorset | Draycott | Dulverton | Dunster | East Coker | East Coker (Near Yeovil) | Edingworth (Near Weston-super-Mare) | Englishcombe | Exford | Exmoor | Exmoor National Park | Farrington Gurney | Faulkland | Fitzhead | Flax Bourton | Freshford | Frome | Glastonbury | Goathurst | Green Wells | Haselbury Plucknett | Henstridge | High Ham | Highbridge | Hinton Blewett | Hinton Charterhouse | Hinton St George | Hunstrete | Ilchester | Ilminister | Ilminster | Kewstoke (Near Weston Super Mare) | Keynsham | Kilve | Kingsdon | Langley Marsh | Langport | Langport, Somerset | Leek | Leigh Upon Mendip | Litton | Lower Vobster | Loxton | Luxborough | Lynton | Marston Magna | Martock | Midford | Midsomer Norton | Milverton | Minehead | Monksilver | Montacute | Nether Stowey | Nether Stowey Bridgwater | North Curry | North Petherton (Near Taunton) | North Wooton | Norton St Phillip | Nr Axbridge | Nr Wells | Nunney | Odcombe (Yeovil) | Over Stratton | Pedwell | Pensford | Pitney | Porlock | Priddy | Rode | Rudge | Saltford | Sedgemoor | Shepton Mallet | Shepton Montague | SHERBORNE | Shipham | SIDMOUTH | Sidmouth Devon | Simonsbath | Somerset | Somerton | South Molton | South Petherton | Sparkford | Stanton Drew | Stanton Wick | Staple Fitzpaine | Staple Fitzpane | Stogumber | Stoke St Gregory | Stoke Sub Hamdon | Stoke-sub-Hamdon | Ston Eastern | Stone Allerton | Street | Taunton | Taunton (near) | Tintinhull | TIVERTON | Triscombe | Trull | Tytherington Frome | Varlington | Wambrook | Washford | Watchet | Waterrow | Wellington | Wells | West Camel | West Camel (Near Yeovil) | West Hatch | West Huntspill | West Huntspill Bridgwater, Somerset | Weston Super Mare | Weston-Super-Mare | Wheddon Cross | Wick | Williton | Wincanton | Winscombe | Winsford | Withpool | Withypool | Wiveliscombe | Wookey | Wookey Hole | Woolverton | Wraxall | Yeovil | Yeovilton |

Somerset Tourist Information Centres

Bath Tourist Information Centre
Abbey Chambers, Abbey Church Yard
Bath, BA1 1LY
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 477101
Fax: +44 (0)1225 477787
email: click here

Bridgewater Tourist Information Centre
50 High Street, Bridgwater
Somerset, TA6 3BL
Tel: +44 (0) 1278 427652
Fax: +44 (0)1278 453489
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Burnham-on-Sea Tourist Information Centre
South Esplanade, Burnham-on-Sea
Somerset, TA8 1BU
Tel: +44 (0) 1278 787852
Fax: +44 (0)1278 781282
email: click here

Chard Tourist Information Centre
The Gorge, Cheddar
Somerset, BS27 3QE
Tel: +44 (0) 1934 744071
Fax: 01934 744614
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Frome Tourist Information Centre
The Round Tower, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, BA11 1BB

Open Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm (4.30pm in winter)
Find us beside the main car park in the centre of Frome.
Tel: +44 (0) 1373 467271
email: click here
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Glastonbury Tourist Information Centre
The Tribunal, 9 High Street
Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9DP
Tel: +44 (0) 1458 832954
Fax: +44 (0)1458 832949
email: click here

Minehead Tourist Information Centre
17 Friday Street, Minehead
Somerset,TA24 5UB
Tel: +44 (0) 1643 702624
Fax: +44 (0)1643 707166
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Podimore Tourist Information Centre
South Somerset Visitor Centre Services Area
(A303) Podimore, Nr Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8JG
Tel: +44 (0) 1935 841302
Fax: +44 (0)1935 841294
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Sedgemoor Tourist Information Centre
Somerset Visitor Centre, Sedgemoor Services
M5 South, Axbridge, Somerset, BS26 2UF
Tel: +44 (0) 1934 750833
Fax: +44 (0) 1934 750755
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Shepton Mallett Tourist Information Centre
70 High Street, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, BA4 5AS
Tel: +44 (0) 1749 345258
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Street Tourist Information Centre
Clark's Village, Farm Road
Street, Somerset, BA16 0BB
Tel: +44 (0) 1458 447384
Fax: +44 (0)1458 447393
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Taunton Tourist Information Centre
The Library, Paul Street
Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3XZ
Tel: +44 (0) 1823 336344
Fax: +44 (0)1823 340308
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Wellington Tourist Information Centre
30 Fore Street, Wellington
Somerset, TA21 8AQ
Tel: +44 (0) 1823 663379
Fax: +44 (0)1823 667279

Wells Tourist Information Centre
Wells and Mendip Museum
8 Cathedral Green
Wells
Somerset
BA5 2UE
Tel: +44 (0) 1749 671770
email: click here

West-on-Mare Tourist Information Centre
Beach Lawns, Weston-super-Mare
Somerset, BS23 1AT
Tel: +44 (0) 1934 888800
Fax: 44 (0) 1934 641741

Yeovil Tourist Information Centre
Petter's House, Petter's Way
Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1SH
Tel: +44 (0) 1935 462991/2
Fax: +44 (0)1935 434065
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