A county for all seasons, The Land of the Summer People is always full of surprises whenever you visit.
History & Heritage Somerset is a county alive with history, from Wells, the smallest city in England with a magnificent Cathedral to dozens of historic towns and villages – each with a special story to tell. If you like to explore country houses and gardens, Somerset has so much to offer – some dating back to Elizabethan times, others with the formal Edwardian Gardens of Lutyens and Jekyll.
Family The Somerset coastline has something for everyone, busy seaside resorts, picturesque towns and harbours, marinas and stunning coastline. You can sunbathe on golden sandy beaches, enjoy the amusements, take part in a wide variety of water sports or go for a relaxing cruise on the Bristol Channel. There are beautiful coastal routes to walk, sites of Special Scientific Interest, nature reserves and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Countryside Come and explore the timeless beauty of rural Somerset. Rolling hills, sweeping moorlands, ancient woodlands, specially protected landscapes and wildlife reserves (RSPB, English Nature and Somerset Wildlife Trust). An inspiration to Coleridge, authors and film makers, Somerset is home to Exmoor National Park and three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Quantock Hills, the Blackdown Hills and the Mendip Hills.
Get Active Walking in Somerset is a joy – walk in the footsteps of Coleridge, follow the meandering River Parrett, stroll around historic villages… Cycling in Somerset is easy – from mountain biking in the Quantock Hills to cycling in the flatlands of the Somerset Levels and Moors… Horse Riding in Somerset is hugely popular – ride challenging terrain on Exmoor, or take a ride along a sandy beach… Angling in Somerset couldn’t be better – Freshwater Trout, Salmon and Carp in the finest lakes and rivers, plus sea fishing too… Golf in Somerset is one of the best ways to relax – there are lots of courses to choose close to where you’re staying…
Somerset Attractions To Visit You will be amazed at the sheer number and diversity of attractions in Somerset! From mystical Glastonbury Tor, historical Wells, and castles in Dunster and Taunton. Manor houses such as Tyntesfield, Montacute or Barrington Court – to a day’s discovery at The Fleet Air Arm Museum or adventure at Cheddar Caves and Wookey Hole, you will never be wondering what to do in Somerset.