Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor

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

  • Porlock Weir
    Sleeps 2
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    £450
    Per week, seasonal
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    Beautifully presented retreat for two in Porlock Weir with wonderful views over the bay. Sky TV, Wi-Fi, one double bedroom, outdoor seating area & modern kitchen. 2 dogs welcome.
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    £420
    Per Week (Seasonal) Sleep 3-10
     
    Stylish self catering apartments in Minehead opposite the beach. Well appointed with WiFi and parking. Ideal for couples, walking groups or wedding parties. Sleep 3-10.
     
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  • Burnham On Sea
    Sleeps 8
    Prices from
    £118
    Per four night short break (seasonal) based on 6 people
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    Smaller party discounts
    Great value family holiday park in Burnham on Sea with outdoor pool, entertainment, restaurant & 2/3 bedroom caravans sleeping 6-8. Mega super saver deals, peak time short breaks.
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  • Weston-super-Mare
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    £25
    Per person B&B (2 sharing)
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    Friendly sea front hotel in Weston-Super-Mare. 11 ensuite rooms with B&B & half board. Restaurant & bar offering entertainment for the whole family. Overlooks the beach.
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  • Porlock Weir
    Sleeps 4
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    £575
    Per week, seasonal
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    Luxurious cottage with fantastic views. Suitable for a family or two couples. Self-catering with fully fitted kitchen. Pet-friendly. Secure off-road parking. Wi-Fi throughout.
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    £48
    Per person B&B (2 sharing)
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    Small and enchanting B&B in Bath, with beautifully furnished en-suite rooms and organic breakfasts catering to all special diets. Close to the Royal Crescent.
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  • Yeovil
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    £1,700
    Per week (seasonal)
     
    Grand 17th century Dower House in Yeovil with 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, outdoor pool & lots of period features. Large garden ideal for the children & pets to play. Wi-Fi.
     
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  • Dulverton
    Sleeps 6
    Prices from
    £460
    per week (seasonal) Sleeps 6
     
    Charming former Victorian home of a Headmaster in Brushford on the edge of Exmoor with 3 bedrooms, WiFi, enclosed garden with BBQ, range cooker and period features. Sleeps 6.
     
  • Glastonbury
    Sleeps 6
    Prices from
    £325
    Per Week, Seasonal
     
    Homely, bright and modern self-catering holiday cottage in Glastonbury. Family accommodation near Glastonbury Tor, including luxury features and communal gardens. Sleeps 6.
     
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  • Nr Lynton
    Sleeps 4
    Prices from
    £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.