Somerset attractions

Top Choice Landmark in Glastonbury

Glastonbury Tor

Topped by the ruined, medieval Chapel of St Michael, the iconic hump of Glastonbury Tor is visible for miles around, and provides Somerset with one of its most unmistakable landmarks. It takes half an hour to walk u…
Top Choice Cathedral in Wells

Wells Cathedral

Wells' gargantuan Gothic cathedral sits plumb in the centre of the city, surrounded by one of the largest cathedral closes in England. It was built in stages between 1180 and 1508, and consequently showcases several…
Top Choice Ruins in Glastonbury

Glastonbury Abbey

The scattered ruins of Glastonbury Abbey give little hint that this was once one of England's great seats of ecclesiastical power. It was torn down following Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries in 1539, and …
Top Choice Historic Building in Somerset

Montacute House

Built in the 1590s for Sir Edward Phelips, a speaker of the House of Commons, Montacute contains some of the finest 16th- and 17th-century interiors in the country. Its plasterwork, chimney pieces and tapestries are…
Top Choice Museum in Glastonbury

Lake Village Museum

The Lake Village Museum displays finds from a prehistoric bog village discovered in nearby Godney. The houses were clustered in about six groups and built from reeds, hazel and willow. It's thought they were occupie…
Cave in Somerset

Cheddar Gorge

Carved out by glacial meltwater during the last ice age, these limestone cliffs form England's deepest natural canyon, in places towering 138m above the twisting B3135. The gorge is riddled with subterranean caverns…
Historic Building in Somerset

Tyntesfield

Formerly the home of the Gibbs family, Tyntesfield was purchased by the National Trust in 2002. A fairy-tale mansion bristling with pinnacles and turrets, brimful of sweeping staircases and cavernous, antique-filled…
Cave in Wells

Wookey Hole

The River Axe has gouged out this network of deep limestone caverns, which are famous for striking stalagmites and stalactites, one of which is the legendary Witch of Wookey Hole who, it's said, was turned to stone …
Historic Building in Wells

Bishop's Palace

Built for the bishop in the 13th century, this moat-ringed palace is purportedly the oldest inhabited building in England. Inside, the palace's state rooms and ruined great hall are worth a look, but it's the shady …
Factory in Somerset

Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company

Along with its caves, Cheddar is also famous as the home of the nation's favourite cheese, produced here since the 12th century. At this cheesemaker you can watch the whole creamy, gooey transformation process from …