The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Located in the village of Combe Down, this historic bar and restaurant started it's life in 1870 as a brew house and coaching inn. In keeping with tradition you'll now find local brews and good food here.
With extensive parklands, adventure activities and a sandy beach, this is a great place for a day out with all the family. Ticket entry includes parking, access to the beach, kids play area and the parkland. See their website for other activities and to book tickets.
This 13 mile circular walk takes in the Kennet and Avon Canal and one of the longest cycling tunnels in the UK. Take a look at the handy Sustrans link for route details and further route information.
A World Heritage Site due to the splendour of its architecture, including the spectacular Roman baths, Bath draws visitors from around the globe. Although steeped in history, Bath is a thoroughly modern city, too, with fantastic shopping, excellent dining and great entertainment courtesy of a lively music scene and the legendary Theatre Royal. Compact yet with plenty of green spaces, this is a city that begs you to get out of the car and explore by foot to discover the hidden Georgian gems such as the Royal Crescent and Circus.
Visit the world-famous gardens at Stourhead and sit amongst tranquil scenes. Described as ‘a living work of art’, the gardens lead visitors on a breath-taking journey. Spend a while in the 18th Century Palladian villa and Hoare family home, before wending your way around the grounds, falling in love with the beautifully thought out landscapes and classical architecture.
Beautiful landscapes to explore
A short drive away and you're in the impressive landscape of Stourhead, with its magnificent trees, lake and iconic garden structures. We visited early November when the autumn colours were blazing. A perfect morning out, whether for a lazy amble round the lake or exploring the footpaths to viewpoints and monuments. Good National Trust cafe and shop too.
A highlight of our 5 night stay
We stayed in nearby Nunney for 5 nights. Stourhead was definitely our top pick. On a sunny day it was absolutely beautiful. The scenery is stunning and it was nice to have a well-earned ice-cream in the pretty courtyard of the pub after a good walk. There are plenty of spots for taking beautiful pictures. We'd be interested to return one Autumn or see it covered in snow too.
This is the most beautiful place you can imagine - the walk around the lake, dropping into the various buildings and grottoes, is breathtaking. All I can say is you really must visit.
A wonderful must in Dorset. Great gardens and interesting house. Well worth a visit.
A fantastic 13th Century building with 14 acres of exquisite, tranquil gardens.
Bishop Palace Gardens and Wells
These are just the most beautiful gardens to wander around, even if you are not an avid garden enthusiast! The bubbling springs feeding the wells and river, the tranquility, the ramparts and the setting adjacent to the Bishops Palace, plus the imaginative planting make it a great place to visit any time of the year - November for us. Right in the centre of Wells too, so lots to explore.
A great place to visit
A beautiful garden to walk around with great views of the cathedral.
Wells is a lovely small city to spend the day in.
Make sure you go to the cathedral and Vicars Close as well.
This beautiful gardens is located in a valley with views overlooking Bath and the surrounding area. Visit the Palladian bridge and spend the day enjoying the peace and quiet. There's a Tea Shed for when you fancy refreshments. For information this is a National Trust site, there is no parking apart from disabled spaces and parking nearby is a bit hit and miss. It is quite hilly and dogs are welcome on a lead.
If you hire a bike from here, a ride along the canal towpath is a must. Hiring a bike is a brilliant way to explore this stunning location and you'll get to experience one of the longest cycling tunnels in the UK.
At eleven acres this is a pretty small park however it more than makes up for this with it's stunning views across the city, hills and woodland. There's a fairly hilly walk if you go on foot from the centre however there is free parking in designated areas and good disabled access. A kids play area, bowling green and outdoor table tennis are available.
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