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Best Things To Do In Somerset

Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park is located in the heart of the Somerset countryside, ideally situated & only a short drive from some of the best things to do in the county.


1. Bath

Somerset’s main town is one of the most beautiful in the UK. There are honey-coloured Georgian buildings galore, a huge array of independent stores and some top tourist attractions.

No visit to Bath would be complete without a visit to the Roman Baths. The Romans loved Bath as much as we do, and built this temple in 60-70 AD at the source of natural hot springs.

The Baths and the Grand Pump Room attract more than a million visitors each year. Minerva’s Head is one of the major finds in the Roman Baths museum.

Discovered in 1727, she is all that remains of a bronze statue of the goddess Sulis Minerva.

A Roman artifact in Bath, UK

After visiting the Roman Baths, pop into the Pump Rooms. A drink of the hot spring water is included in the price of admission to the baths.

The water, which actually doesn’t taste bad, is very hot but has a fairly neutral taste.

The famous mineral drinking water in Bath, UK

Bath Abbey or the Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, to give it its full title is a former Benedictine monastery and Anglican parish church.

Bath Cathedral, Somerset, UK

Bath Fashion Museum is well worth a visit. One of the most important fashion museums in the world, it has some interesting historical exhibits. There’s the added benefit of letting you try some of the costumes on.

A period costume in Bath, UK

The Royal Crescent is one of Bath’s most iconic sights. Parts of it are currently being renovated yet it’s still very impressive. This elegant row of 30 Georgian terraced houses was designed by architect John Wood the Younger.

The Royal Crescent, Bath, UK

No. 1 Royal Crescent is a must-visit, a historic house museum depicting life in Georgian England. Not only are the interiors charming, but the volunteers in each room are a mine of information about life below and above stairs.

Bath Crescent Museum, UK

One of the most unusual tea rooms in Bath is Comins Tea House. The owner really knows his stuff and has designed a special table where you can pour away any excess hot water. They sell a good selection of loose leaf teas too.

A tea room in Bath, UK


2. Wookey Hole Cave

The UK’s oldest tourist attraction and largest cave system, Wookey Hole, is great fun! Before you even enter the attraction, you’ll meet a moving dinosaur!

Wookey Hole, Somerset, UK

Four hundred years ago, cheese was matured in the caves as the 11°C temperature was ideal. The owner of Wookey Hole Caves, Gerry Cottle, who previously owned Britain’s major circus, has now revived this tradition.

The caves have been in use for over 45,000 years and were the site of the first cave dive in the country, by Jack Sheppard and Graham Balcombe in 1935. You wear hard hats for part of the tour, although there is no danger. It does add to the sense of excitement.

A boat in Wookey Caves, Somerset


3. Cheddar Gorge

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Cheddar Gorge was composed entirely of cheese? Sadly, that’s not the case, although there are a couple of good Cheddar cheese shops in the picturesque village.

However the hills of Cheddar Gorge are a really impressive sight, and the area is a great base for hiking.

A weekend break in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

This limestone gorge is where Britain’s most complete human skeleton, Cheddar Man was discovered in 1903. He was around 9,000 years old. Keep an eye out for the cute mountain goats.

A goat in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, UK


4. Wells

Wells is a lovely little market town with a striking Gothic Cathedral. Its facade has over three hundred sculpted figures.

Designed in the early English architectural style, Wells Cathedral has some beautiful medieval stained glass windows. The Jesse Tree window dates from the 14th century.

Wells Cathedral, Somerset, UK

The Bishop’s Palace is next to the cathedral and was constructed from 1210 onwards. The current bishop still lives here.

Also in the centre of Wells, don’t miss Vicar’s Close. The oldest complete medieval street in Europe, it was designed to provide accommodation for church workers.

Almshouses in Wells, Somerset, UK

Wells Market is another popular local attraction, with medieval gateways known as the Bishop’s Eye and Penniless Porch. There are twice weekly markets held here on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The Bishop's Palace, Somerset, UK


Adapted from https://luxurycolumnist.com/somerset-weekend-break-guide/