Map of Cheddar, SomersetHome to Glastonbury, The Wurzels and the best scrumpy cider around, Somerset provides a real taste of the West Country and is the perfect destination for a week’s escape to the country. With its dramatic coastline, epic scenery and quaint villages, it’s an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life that will leave you wanting more.

With over 100 visitor attractions, from zoos to festivals, this is a great destination for all the family and there is plenty to keep everyone happy. The serene setting and romantic countryside also make it perfect for a couple’s getaway. Soak up the great outdoors, visit one of the old country estates, or head into Bath for fascinating Roman history and lively nightlife, with trendy bars and great late night venues.

Stay at…

One of the many spa hotels hidden away in the countryside, or traditional B&Bs that offer a taste of country life at an affordable price. There are also a number of converted farmhouses and cottages that are available to rent, for those who like their own space, that give a real sense of rural serenity. Somerset is a great space for camping if the weather is good, and some venues allow you to pitch up in the orchard. If that’s not your thing though, try a city hotel in Bath, or even the historic Castle at Taunton, which offers rooms in the castle itself.

Eat at…

Any number of locations offering up home-grown, freshly prepared local produce. Somerset is famous for its cider, cheddar and Whortleberry jam (unique to the Exmoor area), and maintains its traditions of serving up real, honest food made from locally sourced natural produce. However, don’t be fooled into thinking this equates to unadventurous meals! For exciting food pay a visit to The Pony & Trap, a Michelin starred country pub in Chew Magna – a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Run by brother and sister duo Josh and Holly Eggleton, this restaurant combines incredible food with a cosy, welcoming atmosphere. Or, if you’re in Bath head down to Sotto Sotto, a charming Italian restaurant just steps from the Roman Baths, offering incredible dishes, attentive staff and a great venue at surprisingly affordable prices.

Explore…

Cheddar Gorge
Set in breath-taking countryside, the caves of Cheddar Gorge are a fantastic day out for all the family. There are two huge underground caverns to explore, including the incredible Ice Age Stalactite Cavern Gough’s Cave where Britain’s oldest skeleton, ‘Cheddar Man’, was found. There’s also a stunning cliff top walk, and quirky museums to look around. Cheddar Gorge is open most days, from 10.30AM until 5PM (open slightly longer in the peak summer months), and offers some great family discounts.

Wookey Hole
The caves of Wookey Hole are steeped in a rich history. Dating back to the Stone Age, and once inhabited by the Celts of the Iron Age, the caves are now a popular tourist attraction that educate and entertain children and adults alike. There is even a resident Wookey Hole witch, and the most sceptical of adults will soon find themselves enthralled with the caves myths as well as the cave-aged cheese!

Wells Cathedral
Known as being one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in England, Wells welcomes visitors every day of the year to experience the incredible architecture of this holy site, dating back to Saxon times. As well as the captivating Cathedral itself, the grounds are home to the only completely medieval street in England, Vicar’s Close, which was built to house the Vicars Choral – the singing men of the choir. Guide books, leaflets, and tours are available to help explain the vast historical, architectural and spiritual significance of this wonderful cathedral. Entry is free, and visitors are welcome to attend the regular daily services.

Glastonbury
Many people know Glastonbury for its festival, but there’s much more to be seen in this spiritual Somerset town. The Glastonbury Tor is a popular attraction, offering incredible views of the South West countryside in return for a short but steep walk. There are many myths and legends surrounding Glastonbury, and the Tor is said to be the home of Gwyn ap Nudd, the Lord of the Underworld, and a dwelling place for fairy folk. It’s also well worth paying a visit to Glastonbury Abbey, the first Christian sanctuary in Great Britain. Legend has it that King Arthur was buried in the Abbey alongside Guinevere, and that the Abbey was even visited by Saints David and Patrick.

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