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My 'Places to go in Somerset'

My 'Places to go in Somerset'

Somerset is so diverse. It’s full of wonderful things to see and do and there are plenty of fantastic places to go in Somerset whatever the weather. These are just a few of my favourite places.

Places to go in Somerset

Wilkins Cider, Lands End Farm, Mudgley

It sums up Somerset – unpretentious and beautiful! Set in the countryside, Wilkins has been producing excellent, good old fashioned cider for many a year. You can sample the goodies before buying (they are open 7 days a week!). I can’t think of a ¬†better combination than unpasteurised cheddar cheese and proper cider. ¬†Definitely one of my top places to go in Somerset.

What to do in Somerset

Somerset apples are the best!

Wells – England’s smallest city

Wells is a beautiful city, packed full of character. There’s Vicars’ Close, the moated Bishop’s Palace,¬† great independent shops and the magnificent Wells Cathedral. Whilst this is an absolutely amazing building, (the West Front is particularly striking) it’s the little things that take my breath away. On certain days, when the sun is setting, the Cathedral is bathed in light and looks like it is made of gold.

In 2020, Which? named Wells, ‘Best UK City Break’. Who am I to argue?!

Places to go in Somerset

Wells Cathedral bathed in sunlight

The steps to the Chapter House fascinate me. They have been worn smooth over the centuries and my mind imagines all the gatherings and events that could have happened in this amazing room.

Places to go in Somerset - The steps to the Chapter House

The steps to the Chapter House . Pic by Nick James

Wells is only a couple of miles away from The Cross at Croscombe and for me, it is another ‘must see’ when it comes to places to go in Somerset.



It doesn’t matter in what format; Food, artisan or craft – I love them. In Somerset, there are always markets happening some on a twice weekly basis such as Wells or monthly such as Frome. While the stalls may be very different from one market to another, they have a common theme – independent and a celebration of local talent and local produce.

Places to go in Somerset - Wells Market


A little like marmite – you will either love it or…

I love it. It’s packed with unusual shops and characters. The two iconic things for me are the Abbey and the Tor. Visit either and you can’t help but be transported back in time. I find myself imagining what life must have been like centuries before. Both the Abbey and the Tor have played a significant role in history for hundreds and hundreds of years.

Places to go in Somerset

The grounds at Glastonbury Abbey

If you like a good view then a walk up to the Tor is a must. If you prefer flat terrain then the grounds of the Abbey are idyllic.

Places to go in Somerset - Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor


OK, I appreciate that this seems a strange choice on a list of places to go in Somerset, but I think Britain is very lucky to have four distinctive seasons. Autumn is very special in Somerset (perhaps being in the countryside makes you appreciate it more).

Places to go in Somerset

The changing leaf colours on the trees are wonderful but what really fascinates me are the apples and the hedgerows. There comes a time when trees are laden with apples that seems to hang on for dear life. When I drive down some of the small lanes the hedgerows seem so neat and perfect. Take the time to look more closely and you’ll often see various wildlife hiding away.

At this time of year many hedgerows are full of berries and it’s not unusual to see people with plastic tubs and long sleeved shirts taking advantage of this bounty.

(For a month by month guide, please read my ‘What to do in Somerset‘ blog.)

Somerset’s gorgeous gorges

The Mendips Hills bless Somerset with some magnificent landscapes. These include incredible gorges and amazing caves. (New caves are regularly being discovered.)

Places to go in Somerset

Cheddar Gorge

Most people will have heard of Cheddar Gorge but Ebbor Gorge is lesser known. Ebbor is very natural and untouched by commercialism. (You can stroll to the edge of some amazing drops without a safety fence or a shop in sight!) Walk back to Wookey and reward yourself with a drink in The Wookey Hole Inn.

Places to go in Somerset - Ebbor Gorge


Somerset is blessed with some incredible coastlines. While Kilve beach doesn’t have luxurious white sand it does have plenty of rock pools for exploring at low tide. It’s quite rugged and a great place for fossil hunting.

It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, so removing fossils from the cliffs and bedrock is prohibited.


A tiny tidal harbour which has existed for a thousand years. Porlock Weir is picture postcard – full of little shops and tea rooms and the perfect place for walking. The drive is also stunning as it touches Exmoor.

Places to go in Somerset

Porlock Weir harbour


Places to go in Somerset - Somerset Levels

Pic by Nick James

As the name suggests, this region of Somerset is very flat. But as the Dutch will tell you, flat doesn’t mean boring! The Levels go on for miles and I can still get lost when I drive out there.

Places to go in Somerset

RSPB Greylake

It’s a great area for cycling (no nasty hills and not much traffic) and the countryside is beautiful. It’s also a haven for wildlife. Rare bird species are attracted to the wetlands making it a ‘Twitchers’ paradise. The Sheppey Inn and Sweets Tea Rooms are great stop-off points.

So that’s my brief list of some of the places to go in Somerset. I hope to see you soon!

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