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

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    Luxury Bed & Breakfast accommodation near Bath set within 1 or 2 bedroom lodges. Optional continental breakfast at £5 per person per day. Short breaks welcome. Sleep 2 or 4.
     
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    Camping & caravanning touring park in 8 acres of oak woodland near Chard in beautiful rural Somerset. Outdoor heated swimming pool, children's play area & shop.
     
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    Small family run B&B close to Wells city centre. Older children welcome, pets not accepted, parking
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    Pleasant riverside caravan site on the outskirts of Bath, with good city access. Caravan pitches and boat moorings available. On-site children's play area.
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    Award winning bed and breakfast in Somerset. Comfortable rooms, hearty breakfasts, wi-fi, off road secure parking. Spa treatments. Dog friendly rooms available. 5 mins to beaches.
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    Welcoming farmhouse B&B near Wells, excellent hospitality, good facilities and fantastic location. Perfect venue for marquee wedding receptions.
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