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Places to visit in Somerset

Keep heading south-west until the sea turns turquoise and the sands get whiter, and you'll reach the beautiful county of Somerset. You could be forgiven for wanting to visit simply for the cider and cheddar cheese, the produce that the county is most famous for, but this is only a taste of what Somerset is all about; there's so much more to do here, so it should come as little wonder that the county has long been a popular destination for family holidays.

Lots to see and do

Our top picks

There are lots of fabulous places to visit, using Haven holiday parks as your base. From beautiful beaches and landscapes to places of interest like historical sites and nature trails, or attractions like theme parks and wildlife parks - there are choices to suit the whole family. Check out our top picks.
A little girl petting a goat

Attractions

Animal Farm Adventure Park

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Opportunities to hand feed and hold many friendly animals, plus an indoor play area. Simply teeming with life and fun for younger families. Children under 2 go free.

Address:

Animal Farm Adventure Park , Red Road, Berrow, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 2RW

Open dates: All year round
Distance from Park
5 miles from Burnham-on-Sea
Boy and girl with fishing nets at the beach

Beaches

Burnham-on-Sea Beach

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Burnham beach is an ideal spot for gentle walks and birdwatching. It's also fantastic for swimming and paddling, donkey rides and kids entertainment in the summer. There is an Apex wildlife park nearby. Dogs not allowed between May 1 - September 30. Parking is available on the seafront. European designated bathing water.

Address:

Burnham-on-Sea Beach, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 1LA

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions:
Dogs not allowed from 1 May-30 September
Lifeguards: Daily 7 July-2 September
Lifeguard patrol times: 10am-6pm
Distance from park: Less than a mile from Burnham-on-Sea
Panoramic view of Cheddar Caves and Gorge

Places of interest

Cheddar Caves and Gorge

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Explore the famous Cheddar Caves and enjoy the wonderful Cheddar cheese at Britain's biggest gorge, rising 450ft to the stunning stalactite caverns. This world-famous site is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is a great day out for families, nature and history lovers, and outdoor adventurers.

Address:

Cheddar Caves & Gorge, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3QF

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 13 miles from Burnham-on-Sea
Sunrise over Weston-Super-Mare Grand Pier

Beaches

Weston-Super-Mare Grand Pier

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Weston Super Mare is an established seaside resort. The pier hosts fun-packed family entertainments set on the long sandy main beach which is backed by a promenade. This part of the beach is just to the north of the pier.

Address:

Weston-super-Mare, Royal Parade, BS23 1AJ

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions: Dogs are welcome between the Grand Pier and Knightstone Island all year around. There are restrictions further south
Distance from park: 12 miles from Burnham-on-Sea
Doniford Beach

Beaches

Doniford Beach

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Doniford Beach is a mud and sand beach, great for rock pooling; this is a good place to look for fossils. Please note: tides here are fast to rise and the mud can be thick.

Address:

Doniford Beach, Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0UG

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: Less than a mile from Doniford Bay
Dunster Village

Places of interest

Dunster

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Dunster is a medieval village in stunning surroundings, centred around a small castle.

Address:

Dunster, Somerset, TA24 6SL

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 8 miles from Doniford Bay
Scenic view of Dunster Castle

Attractions

Dunster Castle

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Dunster Castle is dramatically sited on a wooded hill, and the impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower is a reminder of its turbulent history. The castle boasts spectacular views toward the Bristol channel, the Quantock hills, and up to the moors of Exmoor.

Address:

Dunster Castle, Dunster, Nr Minehead, Somerset, TA24 6SL

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 9 miles from Doniford Bay
Exmoor National Park

Places of interest

Exmoor National Park

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This beautiful park is great to explore on foot, with over 1,000km of footpaths and bridleways, and sightings of wild red deer and ponies. You can also enjoy horse riding, cycling, climbing, canoeing and fishing.

Address:

Dunster National Park Centre, Dunster, West Somerset, TA24 6SE

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 8 miles from Doniford Bay
Ring-tailed Lemur sitting on a rock

Attractions

Tropiquaria Zoo

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Tropiquaria Animal and Adventure Park is a great day out for all the family. Hold a snake or creepy crawly in the Tropical Hall, see the great puppet show, meet the animals, and play on the full-size pirate ship or in the indoor Play Castle.

Address:

Tropiquaria Zoo, Washford Cross, Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0QB

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 3 miles from Doniford Bay
West Somerset Steam Railway

Attractions

West Somerset Steam Railway

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Take a journey of discovery, relive your childhood, or simply sit back and relax as you travel along one of Britain's best and longest Heritage Railways.

Address:

West Somerset Railway, The Railway Station, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5BG

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 10 miles from Doniford Bay
Life-size dinosaurs at Wookey Hole Caves

Attractions

Wookey Hole Caves

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Wookey Hole Caves are a series of limestone caverns, a show cave and tourist attraction in the village of Wookey Hole. Explore the caves and tunnels, circus show, museum, cinema and many more attractions.

Address:

Wookey Hole Caves, The Mill, High St, Wookey Hole, Wells BA5 1BB

Open dates: All year round
Distance from Park
18 miles from Burnham-on-Sea
39 miles from Doniford Bay
Exterior of Forde Abbey and Gardens

Attractions

Forde Abbey and Gardens

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The fantastic abbey dates from the 12th century with 30 acres of award-winning gardens and the highest powered fountain in the country. See the renowned Mortlake tapestries, visit the walled kitchen garden or plant nursery, and enjoy lunch or homemade cakes in the vaulted tea rooms.

Address:

Forde Abbey and Gardens, Chard, Somerset, TA20 4LU

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:

38 miles from Burnham-on-Sea

37 miles from Doniford Bay

Little girl running on the sand

Beaches

Weston-Super-Mare Grand Pier

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Sand and shingle beach with a salt marsh at the northern end, adjacent to the National Trust headland at Sand Point. There are walks around the Weston Woods (south of Sand Bay). Sand Point and Middle Hope (National Trust land for Sand Bay). This beach is noted for its diverse bird population. its salt marsh and sand dune communities.

Address:

Weston Super Mare Beach, Weston Super Mare, Somerset, BS23 1AL

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions Dog restrictions may apply
Distance from park: 12 miles from Burnham-on-Sea
Father and daughter running along the shoreline

Beaches

Blue Anchor West Beach

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A sand and shingle beach great for finding fossils. Be aware of the very fast tides.

Address:

Blue Anchor West Beach, Dunster, Somerset, TA24 6LD

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 5 miles from Doniford Bay
Doniford Beach

Beaches

Doniford Beach

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Doniford Beach is a mud and sand beach, great for rock pooling; this is a good place to look for fossils. Please note: tides here are fast to rise and the mud can be thick.

Address:

Doniford Beach, Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0UG

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: Less than a mile from Doniford Bay
Boy and girl at the seashore

Beaches

Dunster North West Beach

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A large sand and shingle beach, great for coastal walks. In parts you can drive your car on to the beach. Activities available such as Mini Golf and Fishing.

Address:

Dunster North West, Dunster, Somerset, TA24 6TH

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions
Dogs not allowed on certain areas of the beach
Distance from park: 10 miles from Doniford Bay
2 Boys playing by the seashore

Beaches

Dunster South East Beach

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A large sand and shingle beach, great for coastal walks. In parts you can drive your car on to the beach. Activities available such as Mini Golf and Fishing.

Address:

Dunster South East Beach, Dunster, Somerset, TA24 6TH

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions: Dogs are not allowed on certain parts of the beach
Distance from park: 10 miles from Doniford Bay
Family fun by the sea

Beaches

Watchet Harbour/Shore

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Explore this rocky shore that is exposed for fossil hunting at low tide. Here you can hop on a boat trip to see even more.

Address:

Watchet Harbour, Somerset, TA23 0DG

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 2 miles from Doniford Bay
Brean Down © Andrew Bone (flickr)

Places of interest

Brean Down

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Brean Down is a wonderful location for a day out in Somerset. Enjoy relaxing on the beach at the foot of the Down, building sandcastles and visiting the Cove Café for a seaside treat. Venture to the top of the Down and take the exhilarating 1.5 mile walk along Somerset’s greatest natural pier.

Address:

Brean Down, Burnham-on-sea, Somerset, TA8 2RS

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:

8 miles from Burnham-on-Sea

33 miles from Doniford Bay

Boats docked at Porlock Weir

Places of interest

Porlock Weir

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Porlock Weir is a picturesque hamlet, once a busy port, is a peaceful and delightful harbour for yachts and fishing boats. Situated along the South West Coast Path, Porlock Weir is also a good starting point for walks to Porlock Marsh and Culbone - home to England's smallest church.

Address:
 
Porlock Visitor Centre, West End, Porlock, Somerset, TA24 8QD
Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 17 miles from Doniford Bay