The beauty of Somerset is the fact that there’s always something new to discover. From Exmoor’s gentle hills and dramatic cliffs to the Somerset Levels with its flat open spaces, the landscapes are constantly changing depending on where you are. And then of course there are wonderful cities to explore, like Bath, with its rich history and culture – not to mention excellent shopping areas and restaurants.
In fact, Somerset boasts many must-visit settlements – especially if you’re a foodie. Enjoy a pint of local cider in the ancient market towns of Castle Cary or Taunton, a wedge of world-famous cheese in Cheddar, or a traditional afternoon tea in one of the quaint cafes in historic Wells. There are also numerous farmers’ markets to discover – don’t miss the highly recommended artisan market at Frome – and traditional and modern pubs, many of which are dog friendly.
Once your stomach is satisfied, there’s plenty of countryside to explore, with three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, not to mention the Exmoor National Park. Somerset contains more than 100 different reserves, parks and protected areas, and is a great place to spot wildlife, such as the ponies that roam Exmoor. On a sunny day, head to the seaside; Somerset has more than 50 miles of coastline, and one of the longest stretches of sandy beaches in Europe.
And that’s not all that’s on offer when it comes to fun activities. Explore the Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole Caves, take a ride on the historic West Somerset Railway, go back in time at the ancient Roman Baths in Bath, or time your trip for one of the county’s many exciting annual events, such as the illuminated carnival at Bridgwater or the famous music festival at Glastonbury.
Somerset has a long agricultural history, and Cartwheel has a number of farm accommodation sites on offer, all of which are not only child-friendly but animal-friendly too – you can bring your dog along, or even get your horse stabled. There’s also the chance to stay on a traditional campsite, in a Scandinavian style lodge, or a cosy country cottage, so every taste is catered for.
Holidays in Somerset offer something for everyone, whether it is for summer holidays, weekend breaks, longer getaways or last minute short breaks. Explore the staggering cliffs and caverns at Cheddar Gorge, fantastic scenery, red deer and ponies on Exmoor National Park or the castles at Dunster and Farleigh Hungerford.
With three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, five hill ranges such as the Blackdown Hills and the Quantocks, the Levels and numerous nature reserves, there’s plenty of wonderful countryside to discover, and if you fancy a trip to the seaside, there are over 50 miles of coastline, including fossil hunting at Kilve Beach. Exmoor National Park is also a designated ‘International Dark Sky Reserve’, perfect for star-gazing.
Stroll around historical houses and gardens such as Montacute House, Tyntesfield, Hestercombe Gardens and Lytes Cary Manor. And for the true taste of Somerset, visit the many speciality food and drink producers – try some real Cheddar cheese and Somerset apple juice, cider or cider brandy. There are many pretty villages, and elegant towns and cities, such as Wells, with its stunning cathedral and Bishop’s Palace. And don’t miss a walk up the famous Glastonbury Tor.
Holidays in Somerset are perfect for enjoying the peace and quiet of the countryside, walking, cycling and discovering the diverse local wildlife. Pets can be catered for too, just look for accommodation that is dog friendly or where there is stabling available for your horse.