Stay in Somerset
When you visit Somerset you can experience the drama of Exmoor, Glastonbury, Wells (the smallest city in England) and the seaside fun at the family resorts of Minehead, Weston-super-Mare or Burnham-on-Sea. The tranquil landscape of the Somerset Levels and Moors are ideal for walkers and cyclists of all abilities. Somerset has plenty of beautiful peaceful countryside, over 40 miles of coastline and a rich mixture of heritage, history and legend.
With a great variety of local foods including Cheddar cheese, strong Somerset cider and cream teas, Somerset will always give you a real taste of the South West of England. There is a great range of accommodation in Somerset, from self catering cottages to farmhouse bed and breakfasts, luxury hotels and family friendly holiday parks.
Somerset, in the heart of the South West, is a County of contrast. The north coast resorts on the Bristol Channel offer superb beaches and mile upon mile of golden sand. Brean Sands, Burnham and Minehead have been popular seaside resorts for many years. But head just in land and you will find spectacularly wild Exmoor moorland or gentle rolling hills of the Quantock Hills, the Mendip Hills or the Blackdown Hills on the border with Devon.
In the caves at Cheddar Gorge and also in the caves of the Mendip Hills, archaeologists have dated human remains back to 12,000 BC. It seems that cave dwelling has been a part of Somerset life for many years, with some caves, like Wookey Hole, still being occupied today.
Weston-super-Mare, on the north Somerset coast, offers visitors miles of golden sand in a traditional seaside holiday resort. Unusual is the tide at Weston, with the low tide mark often about a mile from the seafront. Weston became popular when the railway opened it up to tourism in the 19th century and today it remains a popular holiday resort, offering entertainment, museums, theatres, the pier and plenty of places to stay.
Glastonbury is situated on the Somerset levels, where the mainly flat landscape is interrupted by Glastonbury Tor, a cone shaped hill that rises out of the landscape. This has led to many myths and legends surrounding Glastonbury, including an involvement in the Arthurian legend. Over more recent years Glastonbury has attracted large crowds each year to The Glastonbury Festival, which takes place just outside the town in the village of Pilton.
Just on the edge of the Mendip Hills, the city of Wells claims to be the smallest city in England. It has a population of just over 10,000 people, but it has been a city since 1205, being home to Wells Cathedral. The Cathedral, which dominates the skyline of the Wells, is the seat for the Bishop of Bath and Wells, and is noted particularly for the impressive vaulted ceiling and for having the heaviest set of 10 bells in the world.
For your stay in Somerset, you may want a hotel, guest house, bed and breakfast, hostel, camp site, spa resort, self catering cottage or a holiday park – simply select your chosen accommodation to view more details.
There are many exciting events happening in Somerset through the year and Somerset offers several world class visitor attractions not to be missed.