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What to do in Somerset

Found in the South West of England, Somerset is an often overlooked part of the Westcountry, but it has a lot to offer for all holidaymakers. Whether it is a family day out or something more relaxed you’re looking for, Somerset has something to fulfill your needs.

One of Somerset’s most famous attractions is the Cheddar Gorge, an area of natural beauty with its gorge and caves. There are many things to do at this beautiful site; highlights include the 274-step lookout tower (the view is certainly worth it!) and the open-top tour bus, which takes you on a guided tour of the gorge. It also has a prehistoric museum, home to the mysterious ‘Cheddar man’, and several quaint shops that you won’t find on the High Street. For the more adventurous, you can take part in caving or rock-climbing, on the ‘Rocksport’ adventure days. Because of the diversity of things to do there, it appeals to all ages.

Near the North Somerset town of Minehead is the National Trust-owned Dunster Castle, and its surrounding gardens. The castle, steeped in history, is approximately a thousand years old, and was given to the National Trust in 1976. Inside the place is furnished to pay homage to the castle’s original design by Anthony Salvin in the 1870s. The dining room and billiards room are points of interest, as well as the King Charles bedroom, said to be the most haunted room in the castle. Outside, the garden boasts over a thousand trees, with some growing a variety of fruits. Other attractions of the garden include the Lovers’ Bridge, perfect for couples, and the Pet Cemetery, where the castle residents buried their pets.

For something a little different than your typical day out, the Haynes Motor Museum is worth a visit, especially for all car enthusiasts. Near the Eastern Somerset town of Yeovil, the museum boasts the UK’s largest motor collection, with over 400 different cars and bikes from around the world on exhibition. As well as the general displays, events such as stunt driving take place throughout the year, which cannot be missed. You can also see famous cars from the worlds of film, TV and sport; a good souvenir would be a souvenir photo from Michael Schumacher’s F1 car. To keep kids entertained, there are also play areas and go karts.

Other places to visit include Glastonbury Abbey, once the richest abbey in England, set amongst 36 acres of glorious Somerset parkland, and Ferne Animal Sanctuary, where over 300 animals are kept, with nature trails, ponds and conservation areas. Somerset is an absolutely beautiful place where there is something to do for everyone, making your stay here just that little bit more enjoyable.