The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A local village pub in a Listed 17th Century building, near to Glastonbury and featuring music and specialty food nights.
Burnham-on-Sea's beaches are comprised of everything you could need for a quintessential day by the sea, including ice cream galore, donkey rides, cafes and, most importantly, oodles of golden sand. Being Europe's second longest stretch of sand, the beaches offer lots of space to play and explore. For a beach in the heart of the action, visit Burnham Main Beach, also home to Britain's shortest pier.
Taking in the beauiful Somerset countryside, this nineteen mile walk runs from Wells to Frome. Starting near the stunning cathedral, you will pass through several wooded sections including King's Castle Woods and Ham Woods, both owned by the National Trust. Don't forget to arrange your transport home unless you feel up to the return walk!
The city of Wells is rightly famous for its cathedral, which was built in the 12th Century. Though tiny, Wells is a thriving city with plenty of good shopping and eating.
Must see - Vicar's Close, Wells, Somerset.
Wells itself is absolutely steeped in history with the Bishop's Palace and the magnificent cathedral (for instance) both virtually next door to eachother. In and around there are many historically important landmarks too - but the 'hidden gem' is Vicar's Close, just to the side of the cathedral..... it is the oldest continuously inhabited residential street in Europe, dating back to 1363!! Astonishing to think these houses have been there (and lived in) for 650 years... and a truly beautiful sight too. Absolutely worth the small walk around from the 'main' places of interest.
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.
Why not take a walk up this iconic, legendary Tor? Well worth the effort, you will have spectacular views across 3 counties. Dogs must be on a lead and there are no public conveniences.
It's well worth the initially steep climb up the tor for the amazing panoramic views from the summit - we parked in Glastonbury itself, walked up through the town and past the Chalice Well to tackle the steepest slope first, which meant an easier walk down the 'back' of the tor and a stroll through countryside to get back to the top of the town. Plenty of tea shops and cafes to refuel at when you get back!
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 great day out for all the family with romantic ruins to explore, thirty six acres of parkland, an outdoor cafe, excellent gift shop and modern visitor centre. Costumed guides tell historic tales and you can even visit the legendary burial place of King Arthur. Check their Web site for opening times and further details.
You can enjoy breakfast, morning coffee, lunch of afternoon tea here. With lovely views, you can often spot local wildlife whilst sitting in the pretty gardens.
Fenny Castle tea rooms near Wells does wonderful lunches/coffee/breakfasts.
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