Central Somerset Tourist Information

Cheddar & The Mendips, Central Somerset - view from Ceddar Gorge

Cheddar & The Mendips, Central Somerset – view from Ceddar Gorge

Central Somerset is an enchanting mix of ancient pre-historic sites, magical old cathedral towns and the great landscapes of Cheddar, The Mendips and the Somerset Levels. Some of the UK’s most spectacular showcaves are in this area of the West Country – no visit to Central Somerset can omit a tour of the magnificent Cheddar Caves and Wookey Hole.

The carboniferous limestone hills stretching from Bristol in the west to Frome in the east of Somerset makes for great dramatic landscapes and outdoor adventure. This is a top spot for rock climbing, caving, abseiling, walking and mountain biking. Long-distance trails like the 28 mile long West Mendip Way cut through the region.

Things to do & see

Whether you are looking for that relaxing rural break close to the charming East Somerset railway, a showcaves or adventure outdoors getaway or you are looking to explore historic Tors, Abbeys, Cathedrals, myths and legends – Central Somerset is where to head.

The great historic centre of Wells has a 12th century Gothic cathedral ranking with England’s most spectacular cathedrals. Both the Mendips and the Somerset Levels surround Wells and the Wookey Hole showcaves attraction is nearby.

Glastonbury Tor, Central Somerset

Glastonbury Tor, Central Somerset

Street village in the heart of Somerset is famously the site of Clarks Village Shopping outlet which attracts many visitors to the area, particularly Chinese visitors. Clarks have a long history in the village – their first shoemakers established by local farmers and Quakers was set up in Street in 1825. Don’t miss a tour too of the village Shoe Museum.

Also famously in Central Somerset is England’s most celebrated music festival site – Worthy Farm, the home of the annual summer Glastonbury Festival, tickets for which sell fast as soon as they go on sale.

Getting here

Central Somerset is incredibly well served by its range of transport links. Bristol and Exeter Airports are gateway airports into the region and mainline railway stations are at Bristol and Bath, and at Frome. The M5 and M4 are your main motorway links into the area, and you will find an extensive First Group bus service across the region.

Where to stay

Luxurious accommodation here features award-winning cottages and town houses, beautiful barn conversions near Glastonbury and Grade II Listed Georgian B&Bs around Bath. Central Somerset is where you will find a luxury period B&B or guest house with the real ‘wow’ factor.

Stay in a Somerset farm cottage with glorious rural views towards the Mendips or the Somerset Levels, or find your perfect boutique retreat in the heart of Wells or in one of the many heritage coaching house B&Bs in the area. For character, luxury and accommodation as beautiful as its surrounds, browse Central Somerset accommodation online now and book.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.