Somerset Things to Do

  • Evening reception at the Baths
    Evening reception at the Baths
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  • Gough's Cave with Cheddar Man in the background
    Gough's Cave with Cheddar Man in the...
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  • Gough's Cave
    Gough's Cave
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Somerset Things to Do

  • Roman Baths

    Bath Things to Do

    It's a matter of taste, what "the most romantic buildings" anywhere can be... The Roman Baths and Temple of Aquae Sulis Minerva were voted "the most romantic buildings in Britain" by the Royal Institute of Royal Architects, in 2010. I have limited knowledge of Britain but even so... I agree with this description of the Roman Baths. A word about...

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  • Cathedral

    Wells Things to Do

    We were not able to enter the cathedral. I think a wedding was in progress as a troop of clergymen went and the doors were closed behind them. I walked around and admired the facade with its numerous statues. The tower , the doors, minor carvings all added to its majesty. I am so glad I finally had the chance to see ity.

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  • Cheddar Gorge

    Somerset Things to Do

    The Cheddar Gorge is a nice gorge with limestone cliffs. It's found near the village Cheddar (famous for its cheese) in the Mendip Hills. It's the largest gorge in the UK, being almost 5 km long and over 100m deep in places. The street B3135 goes through the gorge (with no foot walk) and we drove this winding street down to Cheddar. There are many...

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  • Pulteney Bridge

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bath Things to Do

    I can't think of a more pleasant and fascinating view than that of the Crescent Weir in Bath. I arrived in Bath in the morning, from Bristol, and was immediately taken by the views to Pulteney Bridge. I'd left my luggage at the hostel (too early to check in) and set off to explore a bit. The hostel is near the train station and a short walk to the...

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  • Vicar's Close

    Wells Things to Do

    Vicar's Close is found to the north side of the Cathedral and is, or claims to be the oldest residential street in Europe with almost all of it's buildings intact. It dates back to the 14th century. At the entry, there's a gatehouse with a hall in it and at the back end there's a building that houses a chapel and a library. It is still in use by...

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  • Circus

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bath Things to Do

    John Wood, the Elder, designed The Circus (originally called King's Circus) in 1754 and was completed in 1768. The listed Palladian architecture is divided into three parts consisting of townhouses and each entrance was symmetrically aligned for a classical facade straight ahead. Sadly, John Wood, the Elder, died just before the construction so his...

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  • Bishop's Palace

    Wells Things to Do

    Words cannot do this stunning location justice-located alongside the Cathedral, and built in the early 13th Century, this Palace has defensive walls, a moat, magnificent gardens, the springs from which Wells derives its name, ruins of the original Grand Hall, a Chapel, state rooms open to the public-as well as still being the home to the Bishop of...

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  • Bath Abbey

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bath Things to Do

    Bath Abbey is the last of the great medieval churches of England. Would you believe, that three different Churches have stood on the site of this Abbey! # An Anglo-Saxon Abbey Church dating from 757, pulled down by the Norman conquerors of England soon after 1066. # A massive Norman cathedral begun about 1090. It was larger than the monastery...

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  • Penniless Porch

    Wells Things to Do

    Penniless Porch is the name of the archway built around 1450 which takes you from Wells' market square to the cathedral green. It's the place where the beggars were allowed to sit and beg for alms. Nowadays, it's mostly the tourists taking a picture of themselves as beggars. I couldn't resist either...

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  • River Avon

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bath Things to Do

    We came down the steps from Pulteney Bridge and had a nice walk along the river to North Parade Bridge. You can get some great views of Bath and local wildlife. During the summer you can take boat trips or just laze by the river side. The Rugby ground is also by the riverside and so it may be quite busy on match days.

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  • Royal Crescent

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bath Things to Do

    30 Georgian style houses lay out The Royal Crescent. Designed by the John Wood the Younger, an architect, and built between 1767 and 1774. The listed exterior hardly has changed as it was when it was first built. Residents still live in The Royal Crescent but there is also a luxury hotel and a museum and some offices. The Royal Crescent looks out...

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  • Jane Austen Museum

    Bath Things to Do

    The Jane Austin museum is not the author’s real home. It is a replica of where Jane used to live. It is a nice to visit for Jane Austin fans like my sister. You are treated to a story of her life and get to see a few costumes/dresses.

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  • Sally Lunn's House

    Bath Things to Do

    Built in 1482, Sally Lunns is the oldest house in Bath. It's a great little place to visit, downstairs there's a museum showing Sally Lunn in her kitchen cooking her famous buns and another exhibition showing the difference in ground levels over the ages. There is a lovely looking restaurant and coffee shop upstairs which serves lunches and...

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  • Architecture

    Bath Things to Do

    The Gothic Church of St. Michael with St. Paul was built in 1837 (construction began in 1835) by C.P. Manners. This the 4th church to occupy this site, which goes back to the times of the Romans. Apparently, it was the first church on site had been built outside the city walls even this hasn't be verified. The church had undergone a renovation...

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  • Queens Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bath Things to Do

    Designed by John Wood, the Elder, during the Georgian times in the 18th Century. Wood lived in one of the square's houses with its Palladian architecture. The square's obelisk was erected by Beau Nash in 1738. The area was affluent during the Georgian times but during World War II nearby buildings on the south side of the square were damaged or...

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  • Street Scenes

    Bath Things to Do

    During much of the 17th through 19th centuries a tax was levied on homes with more than a certain number of windows, six windows for time and later eight. To avoid paying the tax some homeowners closed up the windows with brick, probably in the rooms of the servants' quarters. If you keep an eye on the upper floors you will see several examples of...

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  • Costume Museum

    Bath Things to Do

    Formerly known as the Museum of Costume, the re-branded Fashion Museum continues to feature fashions from the 17th century to the modern day. Here you will find outer and under garments, shoes, accessories from days of olde to new, cutting edge catwalk designs. There is a permanent display and there are always temporary exhibits as well. One of the...

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  • Glastonbury

    Glastonbury is both a thriving market town and a major tourist attraction that is also known as the venue for the annual Glastonbury Festival. The town is also reputed to have had the oldest Christian Church in England and has been a place of pilgrimage and spirituality for centuries that still attracts visitors of all faiths. Must see sights...

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  • Street

    Street is the home of a famous shoe industry that was founded there in 1825 by a local Quaker family, the Clarks. Street is also probably the largest village in England, if not Europe, and its borders extend from the Rive Brue (its border with Glastonbury) and up to the north slopes of the Polden Hills. Must see sights include: the Anglican Parish...

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  • Weston-super-Mare

    Weston-super-Mare is a seaside resort that first became really well known in Victorian times when visitors began arriving from the nearby cities of Bristol and Bath, the improved transport links with the long awaited arrival of Brunels Bristol & Exeter Railway in 1841 brought even more tourists. Although the town has an impressive sandy beach it is...

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  • Shepton Mallet

    Shepton Mallet is a historic market town that mixes old and new; it is a combination of the old market town and the new indus¬trial town, located on the western edge of the Mendip Hills, Somerset. Must see sights include: the market cross, the Shambles and the Parish church of St Peter and St Paul to name but a few.September 2013See My Travel Page...

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  • Wells

    Wells is a cathedral city (known as the smallest in England) in the county of Somerset, and lies on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills. Wells has had city status since 1205 but was only actually confirmed and formalised by Queen Elizabeth II by letters patent issued under the Great Seal dated 1 April 1974. The city is named after the three...

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  • Cheddar

    Cheddar is a large village in Somerset that is mostly known for Cheddar Gorge and Cheddar Cheese, also less known are the Cheddar Strawberries. Must see sights include: Cheddar Gorge, Gough’s Cave, Cox’s Cave, Jacob’s Ladder and the market cross in the centre of the village.September 2013See My Travel Page for more information.

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  • Burnham on Sea

    Burnham-on-Sea is a town located at the mouth of the River Parrett and Bridgwater Bay. The town offers miles of sandy beaches with donkey rides, sandcastle making or taking in the views of Bridgwater Bay and the Welsh coast. Must see sights include: the shortest pier in Britain, the Lighthouse on legs, St Andrew's Church and the Esplanade to name...

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  • Bath

    Nestled in the valley of the River Avon and surrounded by seven wooded hills, Bath is largely built from the golden, locally quarried limestone. The town is a unique city; its hot springs, Roman Baths, splendid Abbey and Georgian stone crescents have attracted visitors for centuries. Set in rolling Somerset countryside, just over 100 miles west of...

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  • Just a good day out

    Clovelly is a small coastal village on the North Devon Coast which I visited from my Exmoor base (See travelogue) It is unique in that it is a privately owned village and little has changed in 150 years except the introduction of water & electricity supplies. There is plenty to see here, places to stop for a meal and a drink, boat trips from the...

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  • Bath

    Bath is a town about 20 km from Bristol. As the name suggests it's known for its baths. Already the Romans built the baths and you can visit these Roman Baths where people bathed nearly 2000 years ago. You can't bath there today, but there's a Thermae Bath Spa not far away.We unfortunately only spent one night in Bath (in a great B&B called Athole...

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  • Dunster

    Dunster is a town at the eastern edge of the Exmoor National Park. It's a town with small streets and several shops, restaurants and cafés. Above the village you'll find Dunster Castle. There had been a castle since the Norman times, and the castle was home of the Luttrell family for more than 600 years. Today it belongs to the National...

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  • Bossington & North Hills near Minehead

    Minehead is a town at the border of the Exmoor National Parks in the west of Somerset. Also it's where the South West Coast Path starts. From Minehead a street goes up to the North Hills and Bossington Hills, with several view points from where you have great view on the Bristol Channel and the hills inland. And I loved the combination of these...

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  • Cheddar Gorge

    The Cheddar Gorge is a nice gorge with limestone cliffs. It's found near the village Cheddar (famous for its cheese) in the Mendip Hills. It's the largest gorge in the UK, being almost 5 km long and over 100m deep in places.The street B3135 goes through the gorge (with no foot walk) and we drove this winding street down to Cheddar. There are many...

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  • Nunney Castle

    Nunney Castle is a large tower house and was built in the 14th century. The castle was modernised in the late 16th century, but was besieged in the Civil War and ruined by order of the Parliament. Today it's a ruined, sourrounded by water which makes it a picturesque place. The outer walls walls are still there and you can get inside but not climb...

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  • Amazing Cheddar Gorge

    Once again, thanks to tips from various VT-members, I had heard about Cheddar Gorge before coming to England on this trip. It had both good and bad reviews and I was almost put off visiting it by a tourist pamphlet we picked up at our hotel in Bradford-on-Avon. It outlined various tourist attractions, caves, souvenir shops, etc. at the western end...

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  • Bishop's Palace

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  • Bath

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  • Brean

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  • Berrow

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  • Cheddar

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  • Wells - the smallest city in England!

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  • Cheddar Gorge

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  • Montacute House- sense and sensibility

    We visited this National Trust stately home because the weather was a little iffy and just as we came out it started to rain so we did not visit the gardens. But there is plenty to see inside the house itself ,which was the setting for the movie " Sense and Sensibility" .and in fact Jane Austen lived in a house very near to the site itself.The...

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  • Visit Cheddar Gorge

    Cheddar is the largest gorge in the UK>The Cheddar Gorge and Caves are very beautiful and the tour is very well presented.You can also do climbing and extreme sports there if that is your thing.You can also tour in an open top bus. Just check on the website below.You can see the Cheddar Man the oldest complete skeleton in Britain.There is plenty...

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  • Wells Cathedral

    Wells is England's second smallest cathedral city (City of London is the smallest). There has been a church on this site since the early 8th century, but the present building dates from the 12th century and was virtually complete by the time of its dedication in 1239 (although it wasn't until 6 years later that it was confirmed as a cathedral). But...

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  • Glastonbury Abbey

    Not quite sure what it means, but Glastonbury claims to be 'traditionally the oldest above-ground Christian church in the world', dating the first evidence of a church here in 63 AD, although the first stone church was laid by King Ine of Wessex in 712 AD. By 1088, during the time of William the Conqueror, Glastonbury was the richest abbey in the...

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  • The Castle Church

    When the castle was expanded in the early 1400s by the addition of an outer wall and more towers, it enclosed the parish church shown here. The Hungerford's then began using the church as their own chapel and in compensation, it is believed that they built the existing nearby parish church as a replacement for the local villagers.I know how the...

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  • Exmoor National Park

    Exmoor, along with Dartmoor, is one of two National Parks located in the southwest part of England. Named after its biggest river, the Exe, this 693 sq. km. park of upland open moors was made official in 1954. Because of its higher elevation, peaking at 519 m (1700 ft), this area can be prone to more severe weather, especially because the land in...

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  • Apsley House Hotel

    One of the finest guest houses in Bath. The ideal place to take someone special for a treat... Not...

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  • Wessex

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  • Best Western Swan Hotel

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