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Explore Somerset

If you are looking to explore Somerset, the award-winning The Cross at Croscombe B&B makes a great choice. The pretty village of Croscombe lies in the heart of Somerset making it a great base from which to explore. This large and diverse county has many fantastic attractions. All the places listed below are just a short drive away. There really is something for everyone to enjoy, so come and explore Somerset.

The Visit Somerset ebook is packed full of ideas and amazing imagery. You can download a copy here. For more ideas, read my blogs on Places to go in Somerset and Outdoor activities in Somerset.

Explore the local area

Enjoy beautiful coastlines, picturesque villages, stunning countryside, historical cities, ancient monuments and a host of family attractions.

Explore Somerset

There are a number of fabulous gardens nearby. One of my regular customers is Flora Garden Tours. They use The Cross as one of their places to stay while they explore Somerset gardens.

Explore Somerset

Listed below are just a few of the fantastic trips you could take. The Cross makes a great base from which to explore Somerset and take in the local sites.

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Gorgeous gorges

Running through Somerset are the Mendip Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They are made up of steep slopes, undulating hills and spectacular gorges which overlook the Somerset Levels. Cheddar Gorge is the most famous, but Ebbor Gorge and Wookey Hole are also fine examples.

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Cheddar Gorge


Architecture, history, & wildlife

Keen ‘Twitchers’ should head to the Somerset Levels. This area is home to an abundance of different wildlife. In February and October the amazing aerial displays by thousands of starlings are an incredible sight. There are lots of RSPB reserves nearby, including Ham Wall.

Places to stay in Somerset

The Somerset Levels by Nick James



Wells is a beautiful city full of historic buildings and amazing architecture and it’s just a couple of miles from Croscombe. This fantastic city is in the running to be the UK City of Culture in 2021. It is renowned for its magnificent Cathedral, the Bishop’s Palace and Europe’s oldest continuously occupied residential street, Vicars’ Close.

Wells also plays host to a vibrant market on a Wednesday and Saturday which showcases a wealth of local produce. The long established farmers’ market won ‘Best South West Farmers’ Market’ in the Taste of the West awards 2014.

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The city also has a fantastic new concert hall, Cedars Hall. This state-of-the-art performance centre is situated in the grounds of Wells Cathedral School. During the Spring, Cedars Hall will host a number of special concerts.

The Wells Festival of Film takes place 26 – 30 April 2017.

The Wells Comedy Festival takes place 28 – 28 May 2017.

The many independent and specialist shops make the small city of Wells a shopping haven. If you can’t find what you are looking for in Wells, the shopping outlets at Clarks Village and Kilver Court offer even more choice.

The Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet has events on all year round and is just 5 miles away from The Cross.

For more information on events, attractions and activities in Wells visit Wells Somerset. If you would like to find out more about events in the county, Visit Somerset.


Wookey Hole with its world famous caves and numerous onsite attractions is a firm family favourite. Longleat Safari and Adventure Park (in Wiltshire I know, but only 16 miles from Croscombe!) also makes for a great day out.

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Sit back, relax and chug through the beautiful Somerset countryside on one of West Somerset Railway’s amazing steam trains. If planes are more your thing, Yeovilton Air Day is the Royal Navy’s premier airshow. It usually takes place in July.

explore somerset – Bath, Bristol & Glastonbury

Glastonbury is famous for its music festival and Abbey. Stretch your legs and walk up to the iconic Tor to admire the view for miles around. The town is full of colourful characters, alternative and mystical shops and great vegetarian and organic restaurants. Find out more about Glastonbury’s connection to King Arthur, Guinevere and even the Grail here.

In addition to the world famous Glastonbury Festival, Somerset plays host to numerous other music festivals throughout the summer. You can view a comprehensive list here.

Red Sky, Glastonbury Tor, Somerset

The cities of Bath and Bristol are only 22 miles away from Croscombe. Both are well worth a visit.


The small, ancient town of Bruton is just 10 miles from Croscombe. People travel from miles around to visit the pioneering gallery and multi-purpose arts centre. There are also plenty of places to eat and drink in this thriving town.

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Somerset really does have it all. For a comprehensive list of the other major events in the county Visit Somerset.

I hope to be able to welcome you to The Cross soon. Do come and explore Somerset!

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