Somerset Travel Guide

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    The Bath Bun Tea Shoppe
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    Picturesque bridges
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Somerset Highlights

  • Pro
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    Bwana_Brown says…

     Great countryside, lots of attractions 

  • Con
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    Arianasarah866 says…

     boring if you dont like that kind of thing 

  • In a nutshell
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     Authentic England 

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Bath

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909,1998,187

Weston-Super-Mare

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57,82,54

Glastonbury

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136,434,13

Minehead

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22,63,28

Porlock

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34,97,1

Cheddar

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29,102,6

Wells

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94,316,14

Brean

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19,39,0

Yeovil

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17,10,28

Taunton

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16,26,41

Burnham on Sea

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11,37,0

Clevedon

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1,3,3

Frome

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6,1,7

Wookey

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3,16,0

Wilton

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5,15,0

Bath

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  • Pulteney Bridge

    Bath Things to Do

    There is always a crowd on Pulteney Bridge. The river Avon flows by and there are unusual water features to be seen. There are steps leading down below the bridge where there is a café and some shops, as well as the supports of the bridge itself.

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  • Apsley House Hotel

    Bath Hotels

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

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  • Sally Lunn's

    Bath Restaurants

    I had afternoon tea at Sally Lunn's, home of the original bath bun, twice on my visits to Bath. The afternoon tea consist of a Bath Bun with jam and clotted cream and with either tea or coffee. On my first visit to Bath (June 2006), I ordered the 'Sally Lunn Cream Tea' which includes half a toasted Sally Lunn Bun is served with strawberry jam and...

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Weston-Super-Mare

  • The Grand Pier

    Weston-Super-Mare Things to Do

    We had a great time strolling on the Grand Pier. We took the Land Train up to the amusements and tried our hand at grabbing, unsuccessfully min you, at the Thomas the Tank Engine toys.They have a nice Adventure Cove soft play area for the youngsters and a wicked looking indoor go kart track for the teenagersWe stopped for a very decent fish and...

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  • Beachlands Hotel

    Weston-Super-Mare Hotels

    What an amazing surprise this was - from outside the hotel looked like any old seaside hotel but...

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  • Ice Cream Sundaes

    Weston-Super-Mare Restaurants

    We had a lovely time on the balcony overlooking the Grand Pier.We had our fish and chips earlier, on the pier, but they were happy for us to come in for just drinks and desserts.The staff were really friendly and helped out with our youngster ... supplying extra spoons for the ice creams.

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Glastonbury

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  • All you can eat buffet

    Glastonbury Restaurants

    I have been to Brewers Fayre close to my home town a number of times. During a recent stay in Glastonbury I decided to try out the local Brewers Fayre because they have a different buffet for each day of the week. My first visit was on a Thursday which is curry night. They had a choice of 6 different curries, rice, naan bread and a limit number of...

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  • Meare Manor

    Glastonbury Hotels

    60 St. Marys Rd, Meare, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9SR, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Outlet shopping

    Glastonbury Shopping

    On a previous visit to Glastonbury last year I had seen the signs to Clarks Village but assumed it only sold Clarks shoes. Further investigation this year revealed it was more than an outlet selling shoes and was in fact a factory outlet village. The Village is well signposted and there are car parks at various locations around the centre. Because...

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Minehead

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  • Between Beers? - Visit The Harbour

    Minehead Things to Do

    Having two cracking pubs in the harbour area is reason enough to wander down that way and the harbour itself is well worth the visit too. In its heyday Minehead was quite an important port (a couple of hundred years ago) and in more recent times (a hundred years ago when it had a proper pier) was a major day-trippers destination from South Wales,...

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  • Butlins Resort

    Minehead Hotels

    This was my first stay at Butlins and you can see the white tenty thing (known as the Skyline...

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  • This One Is Always Here!

    Minehead Shopping

    This is another remnant bookshop on the main drag. Here they stock quite a wide range of publishers' overuns from contemporary fiction to classics, the usual glossy cookbooks and also some interesting non-fiction stuff.You never know what they are going to have and so no visit to Minehead is complete without dropping in to see.

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Porlock

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  • Porlock's Three Pubs

    Porlock Things to Do

    I was tempted to write three separate reviews, one for each of the pubs, but I sortof like the holistic relationship ("ship" - HA!) that the trio offer and so am running them together under one banner.The holy (or unholy depending on your viewpoint) triumvirate are (in west to east order): the Ship, the Castle and the Royal Oak and in east to west...

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  • Lorna Doone Hotel

    Porlock Hotels

    High Street, Porlock, TA24 8PS, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • When You Hear The Bells

    Porlock Local Customs

    About 5 pm every evening except Sundays you'll hearing the ringing of handbells and the honking of hooters in the High Street. This isn't an emergency evacuation warning but simple a local custom of the shops to announce last orders before they close.I happened to be in the pub at the time and didn't get out fast enough to catch a pic of the event...

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Cheddar

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  • Cheddar Gorge & Caves

    Cheddar Things to Do

    Britain’s deepest gorge was carved by torrential floods of a melting ice age and is much loved by rock climbers and cavers alike, there are 27 limestone cliffs rising 450 feet and an extensive cave system, complete with stalactite caverns. There are also lots of onsite attractions including a cliff top walk and two show caves are open to the...

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  • Hillview Farm Bed & Breakfast

    Cheddar Hotels

    , Wedmore, BS28, Cheddar, BS28 4QE, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Car Parking – Lakeside

    Cheddar Transportation

    Lakeside Car ParkThis car park is one of the Longleat owned, as such it may not be the cheapest but it is conveniently situated at the lower end of the Gorge just before the start of the attractions.Pay at kiosk and DisplayLong StayCapacity: 50 carsSunday to Saturday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pmOctober to February: FreeThe Cliffs, Cheddar BS27 3QESeptember...

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Wells

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  • Next Stop......

    Wells Restaurants

    The Carriage Restaurant is literally an old pullman railway carriage located to the rear of the Station Inn. We decided to eat here after booking one of the rooms through the Station Inn for a night. We were not disappointed in the least. The interior of the carriage is tastefully decorated to its' former glory, it was modelled on the dining car of...

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  • Best Western Swan Hotel

    Wells Hotels

    There's one thing that makes you feel right at home in a foreign hotel. Someone speaking your very...

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  • The Old Station Inn

    Wells Things to Do

    The Old Station Inn is a tourist attraction in its' own right in my opinion. It was built in the 1920's and was originally commisioned as a Hotel for the now closed Hallatrow Railway station. Inside the pub you will find cosy seating areas amidst an array of antiquities, signs and even a Citroen C3 car coming out of the wall! It has a great...

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Brean

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  • Cider Drinking

    Brean Shopping

    There must be a rule somewhere that when in Somerset you must sample the cider. If there isn't rule then there should be.We popped into this well stocked farm shop on our way back from Weston Super Mare. The owner is really friendly and he'll give you some great advice on what to buy. He'll even give you a free sample.Enjoy

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  • Brean Splash Waterpark

    Brean Things to Do

    Excellent place to cool down when the sun gets too hot.There's inside and outside pools. There are slides of various sizes and an excellent splash park for the little ones.Good value, great fun

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  • Tasty Local Beer

    Brean Shopping

    A tasty treat for the steam train loving beer drinker in the family.I picked these up in the Puxton farm shop.

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Yeovil

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  • Pen Mill Hotel

    Yeovil Restaurants

    I've eaten here a couple of times: the food was good enough for me to be willing to repeat the experience without being particularly wonderful. Certainly the portions are generous: a side order of (very acceptable indeed) chips was large enough to need three of those ghastly little sachets of ketchup): similarly a chicken sandwich came with a...

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  • Sparkford Inn

    Yeovil Hotels

    Everything was bad at this place, I don't even know where to start. When we arrived, we realised...

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  • Pew runners to die for: St John the...

    Yeovil Things to Do

    Having a gander at the church is one of those touristy things one does, isn't it. There's usually something of interest. The church itself is nice but not drop-dead gorgeous. It's largely C14, with a certain amount of mid-victorian restoration. The stained glass is all Victorian or later, and suffered bomb damage during the 39-45 war: particularly...

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Taunton

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  • Nice food 4 U!

    Taunton Restaurants

    Stylish pizza/pasta restaurant with outdoor seating for 20-30,and indoors for 80.Non smokin restaurant.Main courses apprx.£7.50. OPEN 12 Noon untill 11pm daily Havent eating there as of yet,but always busy

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  • The Castle At Taunton

    Taunton Hotels

    I have not stayed in this hotel myself,but i know many people who have and have absolutely loved...

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  • St Mary Magdalene

    Taunton Things to Do

    The Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene, set strikingly in the centre of Taunton, has been the town church since 1308 - a heritage of 700 years. Over the next two centuries it was to become the largest parish church in Somerset. Of particular note is the tower described by Simon Jenkins as "the finest in England. It makes its peace with the sky not...

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Burnham on Sea

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  • HMS Burnham

    Burnham on Sea Off The Beaten Path

    A plaque on the sea defense wall commemorates the towns links with the WWII Battle of the Atlantic 1940-1944.The UK was very short of destroyers after Dunkirk and so gratefully accepted the "gift" of 50 US destroyers. One of these ships was the USS Aulick, which was renamed HMS Burnham.HMS Burnham - which was named after both Burnham-On-Sea in the...

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  • Ice Cream Sundaes

    Burnham on Sea Restaurants

    After a walk to the wooden lighthouse and a lunchtime picnic, it was time to have one of our favourite seaside treats.The Bay View Cafe served up two splendid ice cream sundaes ... that were consumed too quickly for me to get a photo of.Other seaside revelers were enjoying tasty fish and chip lunches, but we stuck to the dessert menu.

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  • Watch out for the soft sand and mud

    Burnham on Sea Warnings and Dangers

    The beaches are wonderful but the soft sand and mud flats can be dangerous.Take care not to go out too far when the tide is out and heed the danger signs and advice from the beach lifeguards.It shouldn't stop you having fun, but let's keep safe.

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Clevedon

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  • Clevedon Pier

    Clevedon Things to Do

    When I first saw Clevedon Pier it was in two parts where part of it had collapsed so therefore closed to the public, fortunately it has been restored and is now open again.It is a beautiful old building and I`m so glad that it has been re-opened, hopefully I`ll be able to visit it again soon.

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  • Walton Park Hotel

    Clevedon Hotels

    Wellington Terrace, Clevedon, Somerset, BS21 7BL,

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

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Frome

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  • A Surprise for a Vegetarian!

    Frome Off The Beaten Path

    The Mason's Arms Pub, about a mile from Frome (Somerset) centre city, near the Sainsbury's, is a surprise for the vegetarian. Besides the tasty and really healthy portions of fish and chips (the fish is bigger than the plate) and the other excellent pub fare, the chef at Mason's Arms really caters to the vegetarian. No frozen veggie patties here!...

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  • Premier Inn

    Frome Hotels

    Commerce Park, Jenson Avenue, Frome, BA11 2LD, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Owner Very Rude!

    Frome Restaurants

    This was one of the best places in Frome to visit with a baby in tow, this has now changed as I have just received the worst customer service there from the owner of the cafe. This lady is very rude and does not deserve for you to spend your money in her business.

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Wookey

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  • Wookey Hole

    Wookey Things to Do

    This was my first trip to Wookey Hole, though I have been to Cheddar Gorge 3 times. On arrival, which was a few minutes before the opening time, I had no problems finding a parking space in the free car park. One hour later it was a completely different story with no parking spaces available, cars being parked in the road outside reducing the busy...

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  • visit Wookey Holes

    Wookey Things to Do

    The water draining through the sandstone, and the changing course of the river Axe have formed this maze of tunnels and chambers. There are stalagmites and stalactites, but these are not very interesting if compared to those at Cheddar Gorge [see my Cheddar pages], but the size of the chambers are definitely awe-inspiring. The river seems just a...

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  • Dark caves of Wookey Hole

    Wookey Things to Do

    Wookey Hole Caves Attraction has a few different attractions like ofcourse The caves, A papermill, a little ravine, a mirror maze and a penny arcade. In my opinion the first three are nice, the fourth is nice for the children and the last attraction you can skip.

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Wilton

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  • Fovant Army Badges

    Wilton Off The Beaten Path

    7 miles southwest of Wilton is the little village of Fovant, founded by the Saxons, on the banks of the River Nadder and at the foot of Cranborne Chase. Thousands of men from all parts of Britain and overseas lived for a while in the area, passed on to the Western Front and returned from it. Many never returned but gave their lives on the...

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  • Italian church

    Wilton Things to Do

    St Mary and St Nicholas church in West Street was finished in 1845. The Italian influence is unmistakable. Twisted columns in the main portal standing on recumbent lions; friezes below the eaves climbing up and down them in the facade; a big rose window; an isolated campanile. The campanile is connected with the church by a playful little gallery...

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  • Wilton House

    Wilton Tourist Traps

    Wilton House is one of the Treasure Houses of England. Wilton House is idyllically located just 15 minutes from Stonehenge, & 3 miles from the city of Salisbury: with the famed wilton carpet factory & shopping village close by. Wilton House opened its doors to the public on the 1st May 1951 & this 460 year old building with its history, creation,...

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