Glastonbury Tor

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Cheddar & The Mendips

Cheddar & The Mendips

Somerset is a fantastic county for a holiday. There's everything from city breaks in waterfront Bristol for the shoppers and art seekers or UNESCO World Heritage city Bath for those interested in history, Roman Baths, Georgian architecture and Jane Austen. Many of Somerset's towns and villages are steeped in history with some of the country's most beautiful historic buildings.

For countryside lovers there's miles of beautiful countryside for walking, cycling and adventure outdoor activities. You've got the Mendip Hills in north Somerset that also stretch down to the central Somerset area and the Polden Hills, the Blackdown Hills and the Quantocks around the south with the Somerset Levels lying on the lowlands all around. The moorland and woodlands of Exmoor National Park are to the West. Somerset is a "green" county with lots of good public transport links but above all local markets and shops where you can purchase foods and drink that are made just around the corner.

Royal Crescent Bath

Royal Crescent Bath

Getting here

Somerset is an accessible region just 2 hours from London and Birmingham. The area is served by two airports, Exeter and Bristol, both within a 30 minute drive of the county. Coach services also run direct from Heathrow to main Somerset town Taunton and you can pick up fast rail links from Gatwick and Heathrow to the cities of Bath and Bristol. Ferry services to Southampton and Portsmouth are around a 2 hour, 30 minute drive away.

Taunton, Yeovil Junction and Castle Cary all feature mainline railway stations along with the cities of Bristol and Bath, and Weston on the coast. National Express coaches reach into much of this popular tourist region. Local bus services are also excellent around market towns, along the coast and in and around Bath and Bristol. Pick up bus service guides from tourist information centres. Visitors arriving by car from the north have easy access via the main M5 motorway, and quick major roads like the A38 from Bristol and A39 from Bath afford easy access into the centre for keen tourers looking to branch out into the Quantocks, Mendips and Cheddar, the Blackdown Hills and the Somerset Levels.

Watchet Bay, Somerset Coast - inspiration for Coleridge's poem 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'

Watchet Bay, Somerset Coast - inspiration for Coleridge's poem 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'

Where to stay

In Somerset's varied landscape of heritage and urban cities, high and lowland countryside and classic seaside coast you will find an exceptional variety of accommodation options catering for all visitor types. Historic boutique B&Bs from Georgian to Victorian to old coaching inn are not hard to find in this South West county rich in ancient heritage and literary links.

Discover elegant Georgian townhouse B&Bs around Bath or book into a luxury leisure hotel flanking the beautiful Bristol waterfront. Across the Somerset Quantocks, Mendips, Levels, the Blackdown Hills and in Exmoor sit a huge choice of unique cottages, barn conversions and farm holiday experiences perfect for families. Seaside hotspots like Weston and Minehead are brimming with beautiful seafront hotels and guest houses, or choose from hundreds of Somerset holiday cottages.

Accommodation in Somerset

  • Dunster
    Sleeps 6
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    £519
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    Charming 17th Century thatched cottage in Dunster with three bedrooms, electric wood burner effect stove, small courtyard garden & well equipped kitchen. 3 dogs welcome.
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  • Nr Lynton
    Sleeps 4
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    £435
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 4
     
    Luxury two bedroom Exmoor holiday cottage with log burner stove, lawn garden, Wi-Fi & parking. Two dogs accepted by arrangement. Off peak short breaks. Great for walking breaks.
     
  • Minehead
    Sleeps 2
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    £352
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    Attractive one bedroom holiday apartment in Exmoor National Park ideal for couples. Set over 2 floors with drying room, modern kitchen, Wi-Fi and private garden. No pets.
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  • Nr Dulverton
    Sleeps 2
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    £414
    per week (seasonal) Sleeps 2
     
    18th Century Exmoor cottage retreat for two in Brushford village, 2 miles from Dulverton. Lovingly restored with a woodburner, free WiFi, private garden and welcome hamper.
     
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    £38
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    Welcoming 17th century Exmoor farmhouse B&B near Lynton, within easy reach of the heritage coast. Set in 365 acres of farmland. Extensive breakfast menu and five guest rooms.
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  • Lynmouth
    Sleeps 11
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    £1,101
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    Spacious 5 bedroom Exmoor holiday cottage offering wonderful country views. Lovely terrace garden, wood burner stove, 2 lounges. Dog friendly by arrangement. Short breaks welcome.
     
  • Bath
    Sleeps 3
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    £109
    Per room
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    Charming cottage in a quiet valley 3 miles south of Bath. Well appointed kitchen. 4 stars. Gold Award. Patio and garden with views down the valley. Free Wi-Fi access. Sleeps 3.
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  • Porlock
    Sleeps 2
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    £220
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    Stylish ground floor apartment in Porlock village centre close to shops and inns with allocated parking, open plan living space, WiFi and welcome pack. Cot and highchair available.
     
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  • Dunster
    Sleeps 4
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    £425
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 4
     
    Delightful character cottage in Dunster with feature fireplace, courtyard garden, washing machine, Freeview TV & nearby free parking. Older children accepted. 2 dogs at extra fee.
     
  • Near Kentisbeare
    Sleeps 6
    Prices from
    £270
    Per caravan per week. Sleep 4-6
     
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    Family discounts on East Devon caravans
    Family forest holiday park between Cullompton & Honiton with camping/touring & holiday caravans, indoor pool, games room, play areas, takeaway & WiFi available. Caravans Sleep 4-6.
     
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