Six places to visit in Somerset this summer

From bustling towns offering delicious dishes for all to enjoy, to peaceful countryside hiding historical treasures, Somerset is the perfect place to visit this summer – and by staying local, the local economy will have a much-needed boost too.

Somerset County Council is working in partnership with Visit Somerset and Visit Exmoor to encourage people to enjoy all the things on offer in Somerset and Exmoor, and there are so many places to see with plenty of things to do.  

With that in mind, here are some places in Somerset to consider visiting.

1. Wells

The City of Wells is the smallest city in the UK – but it’s got big things to offer! With a historic centre, the famous cathedral and the unique Bishop’s Palace, you won’t be short on things to do and see. It’s also conveniently placed to explore the rest of the Mendips and the Levels. Discover some of the things to do in Wells.

2. Frome

Frome is a popular place to visit for short breaks and it’s no surprise to anyone who steps foot in the charming, picturesque town. You can explore medieval streets lined with independent stores, soak up a thriving arts scene. venture into the beautiful surrounding countryside and much more. Check out some more things you can do in Frome.

3. Exmoor

Exmoor is the perfect escape whatever the season and definitely one to visit this summer. Whether you’re horse riding, visiting vineyards, museums, lakes, Dunster Castle or, of course, Exmoor National Park – there really is something for all to enjoy. For things to do, check out Visit Exmoor.

4. Shepton Mallet

The beautiful market town of Shepton Mallet has a rich and colourful history and isn’t far from Wells, Glastonbury, Bath and Bristol. From Shepton you can explore the surrounding hills, the remains of ancient and medieval industry and the oldest prison in the Country! For steam railway enthusiasts and families, the East Somerset Steam Railway is also just outside of Shepton Mallet, so it’s the perfect stop for some train spotting. Find out what else Shepton Mallet has to offer.

5. Glastonbury

Famous for more than just Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury is known as, possibly, the quirkiest town in England. As soon as you step foot in this magical little town you can feel the history and smell the incense! Explore the Abbey, Tor, Chalice Well or wander the streets and take it all in. You won’t regret a visit to Glastonbury. For things to do, click here.

6. Cheddar

The town of Cheddar is home to one of the world’s most popular types of cheese, but it brings more to the table than just that! Boasting one of the UK’s most impressive landmarks, Cheddar Gorge, and a fascinating history to go with it. You can Visit the Museum of Prehistory to find out more about the Cheddar Man, or take a trip down to the Cheddar Reservoir for fun day out. Find out more about things to do in Cheddar.  

Councillor Val Keitch, Somerset County Council’s Lead Member for Local Government Reorganisation and Prosperity, said: “From Exmoor to Taunton and Wells to Burnham-On-Sea – there are so many brilliant spots in Somerset to enjoy, all of which offer something different to enjoy for families and friends.

There are many reasons to choose to stay more local: it reduces your travel time, which is better for the environment, and means you can spend less on fuel. However, after a tough couple of years, our local economy would really benefit from it too – and that helps to support all our communities.”

For ideas on where to go and what to do in Somerset and Exmoor, you can visit the Visit Somerset and Visit Exmoor websites. Choose from a vast array of days out, experiences, accommodation, restaurants, shops, and activities that are all closer to you – many of which can be booked online.


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