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Somerset - A beautiful historic county with something for everyone

PUBLISHED: 17:28 18 December 2012 | UPDATED: 10:38 21 February 2013

Somerset - A beautiful historic county with something for everyone

Somerset - A beautiful historic county with something for everyone

Somerset has it all – whether you're looking for a relaxing countryside escape, traditional seaside fun or an exciting city break, you'll find it here.

Somerset - A beautiful historic county with something for everyone


Somerset has it all whether youre looking for a relaxing countryside escape, traditional seaside fun or an exciting city break, youll find it here.

And if you want great scenery, inspirational countryside and fascinating history, youre in luck too. And holidaymakers in search of top quality locally-produced food and drink, friendly pubs and restaurants and a great variety of shopping centres wont be disappointed either.Lovers of the great outdoors are spoiled for choice in Somerset with the rugged beauty of Exmoor, three areas of outstanding natural beauty the Quantock, Mendip and Blackdown Hills and the mysterious and magical Levels to explore. The atmospheric Glastonbury Tor stands sentinel over the Levels and moors, while the cathedral-like caves and gorge at Cheddar offer even more inspiring sights.The county is dotted with picturesque historic market towns and pretty villages many of them built of the locally-quarried warm yellow ham stone but bustling cities are not far away.Explore elegant Bath with its spas, chic boutiques and grand Georgian crescents, or visit historic Wellington or spellbinding Wells, where the extraordinary cathedral entices visitors from around the world.Meanwhile, nearby Bristol offers a diverse scene, with historic locations such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain, alongside busy streets and nightlife and vibrant caf culture.Somersets long, sweeping beaches and coastal resorts are perfect for the quintessential seaside holiday, with award-winning fish and chips, bandstands and bucketloads of beach fun, yet pocketed with hidden coves and peaceful fishing villages perfect for reflective evenings filled with quality local food and easy drinking.There is a healthy cultural scene too, with a range of museums covering all aspects of life in the county, well-attended arts and music festivals every year, including the famous Glastonbury festival which was first held in 1970 and now regularly attracts 150,000 music lovers.The landscape has inspired generations of writers and artists including Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Arthur C Clarke, and has provided the setting for many successful films such as Jane Austens Emma and Sense and Sensibility, Vanity Fair, The Remains of the Day, and Hot Fuzz.

Most noted for...
Incredible birdlife, lace and glove-making, rolling farmland, wildflower meadows, Jane Austens Bath, Glastonbury, heavenly riding country, ancient churches, cosy pubs, Regency buildings, historic red deer herds, world-class cheeses, King Arthur and Camelot, and, of course, cider!

Don't miss...


  • May 22-June 2. Bath International Music Festival. Musicians from more than 30 countries will perform at venues around the city

  • May 29-June 1. Royal Bath and West Show. The regions biggest and best county show celebrates its 150th anniversary.

  • June 26-30. Glastonbury Festival. Tickets for this years iconic music festival sold out in under two hours.

  • August 8-11. Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. One of Europes biggest hot air balloon events, the free festival attracts around 500,000 visitors.

  • From November 2. Winter carnival season. The season begins with the spectacular Bridgwater Carnival, Europes largest illuminated carnival



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