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    Take the train back in time

    by englishchris Written Sep 11, 2005

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    There is a wonderful steam train service that runs from Bishops St Lydeard (3 miles NW of Taunton) to Minehead. The journey is around 20 miles long, and takes around 40 minutes. Stopping at six stations along the way.

    This is a real experience, as the whole service is beautifully run and maintained by a team of totally dedicated volunteers. There is an astounding level of detail in the way everything is presented, with the stations feeling like they are in a real time capsule. It can transport you to a different space entirely as you are reminded of a different time, and a different way of living.

    The West Somerset Railway

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    Glastonbury

    by munki Updated Sep 3, 2005

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    Glastonbury town is famous for its annual rock festival and for the summer solstice on 21st of June. The music festival started on the 70s and lasts for three days in late June.
    Glastonbury Abbey is a Celtic monastery and the main sights in town (a sight that I missed), however I strongly recommend bus 196 and getting a lift to Glastonbury Tor. From the bus stop, it is a five or ten minutes up the hill walk to St. Michael’s Tower which stands at the top of the hill. The views from here a magic, you can contemplate the beautiful tranquil Somerset countryside scenery. It is also the perfect place for a picnic.
    Somerset Rural Life Museum deserves a visit to get an insight of the past rural communities of the area.

    Glastonbury

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    Cheddar Gorge

    by munki Updated Sep 3, 2005

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    The travel guides states that Cheddar Gorge is an amazing limestone gorge created in the last Ice Age and a sight not to be missed if you are in Somerset.
    I was not impressed at all by the gorge and you probably will not be either (unless you are Dutch and have never seen a mountain before). The tiny road is packed with people, coaches and cars. There also lots of tourist orientated shops lined along the road which make finding a spot to park your car mission impossible and then when you find a place in one of the numerous crowded car parks( I went on a Sunday afternoon in August) you are asked to pay a pricey parking fee by one of the young parking attendants.
    Cheddar Gorge is a clear example of how a beautiful and peaceful natural spot can become a real tourist trap.
    If I haven’t put you off and you are still reading, it has to said that this narrow gorge is famous for its caves which have the right temperature and humidity for storing and maturing the Cheddar cheese. You can visit the Cheddar Caves and/or climb the 274 steps of Jacob’s Ladder.

    Cheddar Gorge

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    Wells

    by munki Updated Sep 2, 2005

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    There is more to see in Wells that its famous gothic cathedral. This small and peaceful city has a lot of character and it is one of my favourites in England.
    The Bishop’s Palace is separated from the Central Market Place and the rest of the city by the elegant Bishop’s Eye archway and a flooded moat. Swans and their offspring can be seen here and the gardens make the perfect place for a picnic.
    Back to the Central Market Place another arch leads you to the Cathedral old graveyard that has been converted to a large grass area. From here you can admire the impressive and symmetric gothic cathedral façade. It is huge in size and if you time your visit, the music of the cathedral bells makes this view one of the finest in Somerset.
    The nave inside is unique in shape thanks to the massive arched columns which were added to help supporting the ceilings of the cathedral.
    Behind the cathedral and not to be missed is the famous Vicars’ Close. This pebbled street was built during the 14th Century. All houses are almost identical with their small front gardens and charming tall chimneys.

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    Bath

    by munki Updated Sep 2, 2005

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    The elegant city of Bath is located sixteen kilometres south east of Bristol. The best way to explore this compact city is on foot.
    Bath is famous for its pale gold Georgian houses and stylish streets.
    Bath Abbey is situated at the heart of the city next to the Roman Baths.
    Pulteney Bridge offers great view of the Avon River. This delightful bridge links the city centre with Great Pulteney Street. There are lots of shop at both sides of the bridge.
    The circus is a charming roundabout which joins Bennet, Brock and Gay streets. The three crescents with three-storey houses create a very nice optical effect. All houses are almost identical in the three crescents.
    The largest crescent in Bath is the Royal Crescent. It is formed by a total of thirty houses. The huge size of the crescent and the parked cars at both sides of the street do not help to photograph this delightful and famous sight of Bath.
    South of the Royal Crescent is the Royal Victoria Park that makes an easy stroll back to the city centre.

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    Wells

    by englishchris Written Sep 21, 2004

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    Englands smallest city, Wells is a pretty place. The main attraction is the ancient city square and cathedral (which looks stunning considering it is the best part of a thousand years old). Try and get to see the cathedral clock strike the hour, and the swans at the Bishops Palace ring the bell to get their food.

    Wells is at its absolute best on a warm summers evening, with a stroll around the old quarter, and a meal or drink in a pub. Some of the best of England.

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    The Somerset Levels

    by englishchris Written Sep 21, 2004

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    These is a wide stretch of peat moors, and wet lowland, in the middle of the county that still lives in its own timezone, and to its own rules.

    Full of wildlife, and a certain type of quietness. Dotted with strange-named villages that are more functional than aesthetic.

    Looks very different in the summer from what it does in the winter, when it has its own bleak beauty. Famous for its birdlife, willow growing, and its floods. Instantly recognisable from its crack-willow lined ditches and drains.

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    Bishop's Palace

    by Jenniflower Written Aug 26, 2007

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    Bath

    by Jenniflower Written Aug 26, 2007

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    Brean

    by Jenniflower Written Aug 26, 2007

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    Berrow

    by Jenniflower Written Aug 26, 2007

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    Cheddar

    by Jenniflower Written Aug 26, 2007

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    Wells - the smallest city in England!

    by Jenniflower Written Aug 26, 2007

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    Cheddar Gorge

    by Jenniflower Written Aug 26, 2007

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    Glastonbury Festival

    by ChrissyMoog Written Oct 21, 2005

    I was never a fan of festivals until I went to Glastonbury. The festival and the place is AMAZING!!! This is a place where wellies are so fashionable! Definitely Definitely not worth missing out!

    tipi field parade jazz world stage with our friends on stage the legendary james brown in pyramid stage the infamous cider brandy station

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