Places to visit in Somerset
Often overlooked in light of its more famous South West neighbours Devon and Cornwall, Somerset is a severely underrated county full of ancient landscapes, secret caves and grottoes, undulating hills, mysterious folklore and spectacular coastlines.
But that’s not all, fascinating ancient history, pagan sites, castles, and the stunning wilderness of Exmoor are all encompassed within its boundaries. Somerset is the perfect county for outdoor exploration as well as visiting architectural wonders and bustling market towns. We have put together this list of the best places to visit in Somerset to help you get your bearings in the west country.
Perfectly located for a day trip, you’ll be surprised at the variety of entertainment, cuisine and shopping at Weston-super-Mare. The Somerset coastal gem offers fresh air and scenic walks, as well as the impressive Grand Pier, and the theme parks Puxton Park and Funland.
This means that there’s bucket-loads of good old fashioned family fun to be had at Weston-super-Mare; think fresh sea air, thrilling rides, fish and chips, retro arcade machines, soft play for the tots and more. Visitors can enjoy almost two miles of beach with a flat and level promenade running alongside it. If this doesn’t satisfy you, you can always drive or walk up to Sand Bay which is the quieter and more scenic option with views out over the Bristol Channel into Wales.
It’s impossible to make a list of the best places to visit in Somerset without including Bath. The city of Bath has been a major centre of activity since Roman times and is still a hub of activity in the southeast of England. You'll find historic buildings, enthralling museums, as well as boutique shops, and gourmet restaurants offering every cuisine under the sun.
While there are endless things to do in Bath, there’s only one place to begin and that’s the Roman Baths. Some of the most famous Roman ruins in the country, there is also an attached Roman Museum to fascinate adults and kids alike. The history doesn’t stop there with the seventh century Bath abbey and Pulteney Bridge, one of the only Palladian Bridges in the world, next on the list. No trip to Bath would be complete without a picture at the eminently photogenic Crescent, a stunning perfect circle of Georgian architecture. There’s so much to do it’s worth more than a single day, but if you set off early you may just squeeze it all in!
One of the jewels of Somerset, Burnham-On-Sea is a thriving seaside town with beaches, a beautiful pier, gardens, and a 42-acre Apex Park which is enjoyed as a space for picnics, games and wildlife watching. The town lies at the southern end of the second longest strip of sand in Europe and therefore boasts several superb natural beaches making it one of the best places to visit in Somerset for beach lovers.
The Victorian resort town is also conveniently home to a picturesque Haven park located next to two panoramic lakes. You can spend an afternoon fishing or hire a pedalo for a quick spin and do some boating at one of the best caravan parks in the South West.
Minehead, found on the south bank of the Bristol Channel is a bustling seaside town. Nestled between Exmoor National Park on one side and the Quantock Hills on the other, there’s certainly plenty to satisfy nature lovers. However, Minehead also offers everything you could need for a family seaside holiday.
The town has a long flat sandy beach, charming harbour, and a bustling town with plenty of independent shops and cafes as well as heritage attractions. With our wonderful Doniford Bay Holiday Park, one of the South West’s finest caravan parks, just down the coast, discovering this region has never been easier.
While it may be most famous for its music festival that draws crowds and acts from around the world, Glastonbury is also a fascinating town in its own right with connections to Druids and King Arthur. A hike to the top of Glastonbury Tor provides amazing view of the surrounding countryside. You can also try some of the mysterious red water at Chalice Well and explore the ruins of the 8th-century Glastonbury Abbey, a grade I listed building and scheduled ancient monument.
The high street is also filled with independent shops here, many of which have a supernatural or pagan theme, nodding to the folklore of the town. Add to that the Somerset Rural Life Museum that allows visitors to learn about the daily life of the county’s folk in times past, and you’ve got one of the best places to visit in Somerset with the kids.