Guide to Somerset

With beautiful countryside, a stunning coastline and two of the UK’s most exciting cities for art and culture, Somerset has plenty to offer.

A 7 day ITINERARY for Somerset

Nostalgic beach days, cider boats, dramatic moorland walks and stunning castles. There are so many things to experience on a trip to Somerset.

Exmoor National Park

Dulverton is a beautiful rural town with Exmoor National Park on its doorstep. To explore Dulverton’s ancient woodlands, architecture and pubs, try the 3.3-mile Dulverton circular walk. Continue your day with a picturesque journey to Porlock. Nestled in Exmoor's stunning landscape, Porlock is a quaint coastal village with a stunning pebble beach. From here, head to the historic village of Dunster. With over 200 listed buildings, this unique village offers history and quirky qualities. If you’re keen to explore the area’s heritage, visit the imposing Dunster Castle.

Top 5 beaches

  • Kilve
  • Minehead
  • Porlock
  • Weston-Super-Mare
  • Burnham-On-Sea

Quaint coastal charm

When exploring Somerset’s beautiful coastline, Minehead is not to be missed. Minehead is a popular choice for family seaside holidays and is perfectly situated to enjoy both the stunning scenery of Exmoor and the Quantock Hills. Start by visiting the picturesque harbour, home to summer pleasure boat cruises and coastal views. Be sure to visit Blenheim Gardens, Minehead’s largest park, or the West Somerset Railway. From Minehead, drive 20 minutes to the charming town of Watchet. This bright coastal town is a great place to spend the afternoon sampling a local cider or fish and chips and taking in the scenery.

Heritage and relaxation

With so much to see and do, we’ve dedicated an entire day to Bath. Home to historical sites including the Roman Baths Museum and Royal Crescent, Bath has some fascinating architecture to explore. Bath is also a prime spot for anyone looking to indulge in some retail therapy, with an eclectic mix of independent and high street stores. If you’ve been doing a lot of walking so far on your break (or just spent a good few hours on your feet while shopping) treat yourself to a spa treatment at the Thermae Bath Spa. If you have time, go for a swim in the open-air rooftop pool.

Beach day

Relax with a beach day starting at Burnham-On-Sea. With miles of sandy beaches and wonderful seaside walks, there’s plenty to do in this coastal town. Burnham-On-Sea offers a nostalgic and somewhat traditional aspect to Somerset, making it a popular holiday destination. From here, head down to Kilve – a picturesque village just 30 minutes away. Kilve has a rocky beach which is popular with fossil hunters. From here, there's a walk along the Quantock coastline through Kilve and East Quantoxhead, passing Tudor villages and spectacular cliffs.

Cider, history and culture

Explore more of Somerset’s rural charm with a visit to Ilminster. If you’re interested in local cider, check out Perry’s Cider brewery . Having opened in 1920, this traditional brewery offers you the chance to try some delicious local ciders and stock up on goodies from the local shop. Alternatively, if you’d like to peek into Ilminster’s history, visit Barrington Court – a Tudor manor house with magical gardens. From here pop over to Taunton the county town of Somerset. Revel in culture, heritage and delicious local food in this rural town. Taunton is home to a fantastic range of restaurants, renowned pubs and bars.

Head back to the privacy of your cottage for an evening with Nick Holt, from Dorset Fine Dining, who can cater up a storm in your kitchen, allowing you to relax and unwind, while still enjoying everything Somerset and Dorset have to offer.

The city of food, art and music

Bristol is an incredibly diverse city, bursting with culture. Whether you’d like to embrace the city's unique harbour-side location with lunch on a boat or get stuck in to the music scene, Bristol is the place for you. Venture into the city centre to browse independent shops and boutiques, and treat yourself to lunch at one of its many eclectic eateries. No trip to Bristol would be complete without indulging in the arts. So why not check out a Banksy or two? For theatre, visit Bristol Hippodrome.

Top 5 for shopping

  • Cabot Circus, Bristol
  • Walcot Street, Bath
  • Northumberland Place, Bath
  • Frome Town Centre
  • Weston-Super-Mare Town Centre

Gorging on Cheddar

We’ve devoted a full day to Cheddar, the home of the largest gorge in the UK and certainly the most beautiful. Explore this iconic landscape which began forming around one million years ago. As a popular historical site, there’s plenty to do in the area, whether you’re exploring the gorge via the popular two-hour walking route or venturing into the caves. Of course, you can’t visit Cheddar without sampling some of its namesake cheese. The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company is the only cheese maker left in the area. Observe the various stages of cheese making on the tour and pick up some goodies to take home in the shop.

Food lover's guide to Somerset

Keen to explore Somerset’s culinary delights? Check out our food lover’s guide to the region.

Somerset holidays

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