Somerset

Somerset is a much loved part of the West Country; oh, you’ll find remoter parts of it where you feel like you’ve stepped back a few decades but on the whole, the county hasn’t escaped the 20th century in terms of expanding towns, business parks and roads, and of course, it’s largely dissected by the M5 carrying holiday makers further on into Devon and Cornwall. But hey, get settled into your large group holiday house and you’ll soon find out that Somerset is on the whole, still pretty gorgeous.

Bigger towns are scattered across the county, the most well known being Bristol and Bath, both of which have absolutely loads going on, loads to see, loads of history and some brilliant family attractions. In Bristol there’s We The Curious Science Museum, SS Great Britain, Bristol Zoo Gardens and nearby Tyntefield (NT). Bath has the world famous Roman Baths, the Abbey, the Fashion Museum and the Royal Crescent. Further down are Taunton and Wellington, and some little gems like Ilminster and Frome, where they hold the fantastic Frome Independent Market once a month.

You’ll find pretty villages with centuries old farmsteads and thatched cottages, and of course, a welcoming local pub. Remember though that Somerset is mostly a rural area and so the chance to get out and explore the great outdoors shouldn’t be missed whether it’s the craggy Mendip Hills, the enchanting Somerset Levels, the tumbling Blackdown Hills or the heather-clad heaths of Exmoor.

If you haven’t been to Somerset, you should. Listen to the birdsong, breathe in the fresh country air, watch the cows chewing the cud, taste the traditionally made cider. ‘Tis bootiful, tis.

HIDE