Somerton Village Centre

Somerton Village Centre

St Michael Parish Church Somerton, partly dating from the 13th century.

St Michael Parish Church Somerton, partly dating from the 13th century.

Somerton is a medieval village in the Somerset Levels with a charming historic centre which has changed little over the centuries. It was one of the important trading centres when this part of Somerset was known as Wessex. Many of the street and square names still echo their former uses as cattle markets and the like. Somerton is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and Somerset takes its name from ancient Somerton.

It's a very attractive town with traditional buildings made of local stone - Blue Lias and Ham Hill Oolites. The main focal point is the seventeenth century market square with its castellated Buttercross complete with grimacing gargoyles. There is also a good selection of more modern amenities in the way of shops, cafes, restaurants and accommodation. The picturesque Viaduct Fishery in the area offers six well-stocked lakes located in the tranquil Cary Valley, and has an on-site clubhouse and over 100 decked fishing platforms, making it a popular place for tourists to while away the hours. Somerton also has a very well equipped outdoor space on Gassons Lane. There are tennis courts, rugby pitches and football pitches and a bowling green as well as children's play areas and a skate park.

Historic Buildings

Somerton is brimming with historic buildings. Behind the church on Cow Square is The Old Hall which was built on the site of Edward I's Court of Assize dating from 1278. The Square is the centre of the town with its octagonal, castellated covered market cross and St Michaels Church opposite with an octagonal roof. Its carved ceiling dates from 1510. Leading away from the Square is West Street with the Hext Almshouses built in 1624 and a well disguised shopping centre, the Brunel Arcade, leading off the main road through to the car park and more modern shopping area behind. A good way of exploring the town is by picking up the Somerton Town Trail which is accompanied by an audio tour available at the Local Information Centre in the Parish Rooms.

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Accommodation in Somerton

  • Glastonbury   (4.5 miles from the centre of Somerton)
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    Somerset self-catering cottage with a private patio and garden, on-site parking, WiFi and secure bike storage. Enjoy a relaxing break in a pretty waterside location.
     
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  • Somerton   (2.4 miles from the centre of Somerton)
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    £95
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    Charming thatched pub near Somerton, great for a relaxing break in the countryside. On-site parking with free Wi-Fi. Quality restaurant. Ensuite bedrooms with breakfast included.
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  • Babcary   (4.6 miles from the centre of Somerton)
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    £290
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
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    This 18th Century, stone, terraced cottage is located in the village of Babcary near to Ilchester in Somerset and can sleep four people in two bedrooms.
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  • West Lydford   (4.5 miles from the centre of Somerton)
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    £379
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 4
     
    Boutique range of luxury holiday lodges in West Lydford with two bedrooms, private hot tubs, beautiful views & spacious living areas. Short breaks. Families welcome. No pets.
     
  • Cross Keys   (4.8 miles from the centre of Somerton)
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    £90
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    A 25-minute drive from Glastonbury, this beautiful thatched country property offers a flagstoned bar, an award winning restaurant, free Wi-Fi and stylish rooms with toiletries b...
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  • Butleigh   (3.4 miles from the centre of Somerton)
    Sleeps 2
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    £284
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 3
     
    This stunning, 18th-century barn has been painstakingly restored using traditional building methods such as lime rendered walls and exposing the original stone walls and timbers...
     
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  • A303 Podimore   (4.2 miles from the centre of Somerton)
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    £25
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    Budget Travelodge Hotel just 9 miles from Yeovil station with parking and WiFi. Restaurant, burger takeaway and petrol station adjacent. Bristol Airport 35 miles.
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  • Henley   (3.6 miles from the centre of Somerton)
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    £221
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    Situated on the Somerset Levels in central Somerset, just north of Somerton, this single storey holiday cottage is attached to the owner’s Grade ll listed farmhouse, where you c...
     
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  • Somerton   (0.2 miles from the centre of Somerton)
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    £20
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    The White Hart is situated in the heart of Somerset and just 25 minutes’ drive from the M5 motorway. The property has been serving as a pub in the market square of Somerton sinc...
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