The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A family run establishment with flagstone floors and timber beams. Food is served daily but reservations are required. Call in for a meal or a pint, the fire is very welcoming in winter.
Charmouth West Beach runs the mile and a half from the mouth of the river Char all the way to Lyme Regis. Although hammering at the cliffs is not allowed, the shores of Charmouth West Beach are well known for their fossils and often keen-eyed visitors are rewarded with a treat. With the gentle slope of the beach and natural sea pools forming in certain conditions the beach lends itself nicely to paddling and swimming. A heritage centre, cafe and shops are nearby, although there are no lifeguards on duty.
Lovely not too busy beach, such fun finding fossils, beautiful sand when the tide is out, and great rock pools
Lovely beach, brilliant for fossil hunting
Take a fossil hunting guided walk or boat trip. No sand but plenty to keep the kids amused.
The hours seem to have a habit of slipping by while you're wandering along hunting for fossils on this stretch of coast. The kids love the excitement of finding an ammonite or debating the authenticity of possible 'dinosaur bones'. Great way to spend an afternoon.
Visit this Forestry Commission site and you will be enchanted by the ancient history and stunning walks with breathtaking views over the Quantock Hills and Exmoor.
Taunton is Somerset's county town and has all the shopping, dining and leisure facilities you would expect from a busy urban centre. That's not to say that Taunton has forgotten its sense of heritage and history; take a wander away from the high street and you'll find narrow lanes lined with wonderful old buildings, Victorian fountains and pretty parks entered through elaborate wrought iron gates. The castle is the highlight, though – a beautifully restored Saxon example, it now houses the Somerset County Museum.
A country pub in the heart of the Blackdown Hills, you can enjoy 'pints, pies & pork scratchings - or a nice glass of wine', as well as their locally produced menu.
Without a doubt Best Pub in the Area
Excellent food and service, cosy atmosphere, proper pub, within easy walking distance of the Cowshed
With stunning views over the Culm Valley, The Half Moon is certainly worth a visit for its traditional homemade food and Real Ales. In the cooler months there is a lovely log fire to welcome you!
Lovely country Pub with a breathtaking view
good selection of beers and ciders. food is scrumptious and the sunday roasts delicous. nice atmosphere with friendly chatty people
Forty acres of loveliness including streams, temples, woodland and terraces. The garden features Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian influences.
Thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon at Hestercombe, beautiful gardens, waterfalls and views! Great shop too and dog friendly too.
Quite simply stunning , superb gardens and house . A beautiful location with superb views. The coffee shop is well worth a visit and the restaurant if you have more time .
All the staff were very friendly and gave an excellent impression.
This is exactly the way to manage these houses . Take note National Trust at Montacute . I know which house we shall return to .
A pretty18th century inn strategically placed on the old turnpike road on the edge of the village. Call in for lunch or dinner with a seasonally changing menu and specials. Children are welcome and ample parking is available.
Had Sunday lunch on 4th June. Food delivered quickly and was very good. Seems to be a good choice on the menu and staff very pleasant. Good parking and easily accessible from Taunton. Would definitely pay a second visit.
A traditional old style cinema in Art Deco style with seating in the stalls and circle. A kiosk in the foyer offers a wide selection of confectionery, popcorn, ice cream and drinks with licenced bar service provided at most screenings. Take a look their Web site for film details.
Lovely old fashioned theatre/cinema. Great value for money compared to the modern Odeon in Taunton.
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