Welcome to Yeovil
Yeovil - the major town of South Somerset - boasts a fascinating history, the best shopping centre in a very wide area and enough attractions to fill several days of a holiday. Its modern pedestrian shopping precinct recalls the town's Roman roots in its name, the Quedam, while housing many national retailers. The town centre also has a major department store, countless specialist shops and outdoor markets on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The thriving livestock market is a constant reminder that, despite its business parks and modern industries, Yeovil is a country town at heart. Beautiful, accessible countryside stretches all along its southern rim and beyond, with footpaths to walk and sights to see.
"History traced to Bronze Age"
Yeovil is a busy market town with a history that can be traced back as far as the Bronze Age. Plenty of Roman remains have certainly been discovered in the area, including coins and pottery, especially around the site the old Roman road.
However, more is known about its later history, including its thriving time during the 14th century, when it was an important producer of leather gloves and had many tanneries. Later it became best known for its flax that was then spun and woven into fabric for making sails.
The area now boasts great modern leisure facilities including the Octagon and Swan theatres and the popular Goldenstones Pool and Leisure Centre. There’s also a dry ski slope, an arts centre and a multi-screen cinema, making Yeovil a great place to live and work. Whilst in contrast the surrounding area, especially to the south of the region, is mainly made up of scenic farmland and orchards, much of which are dedicated to the growing of apples that are then made into locally brewed cider.