East Somerset Railway: 4 miles approx 10 mins
The countryside of Somerset’s rolling Mendip Hills is some of England’s loveliest, and you can experience it from the carriage of a charming old steam train on this lovingly maintained railway.
Stourhead House and Gardens: 9 miles approx 20 mins
The jewel in the Stourhead crown has to be the world-famous 18th-century landscape garden. A magnificent lake shimmering with reflections of classical temples, mystical grottoes and rare and exotic trees.
Glastonbury Abbey: 14 miles approx 30 mins
The mythical burial place of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. Surrounding the Abbey are 36 acres of resplendent parkland complete with ponds, orchards and a picnic area.
The Historic City of Wells: 12 miles approx 20 mins
Wells is a medieval city nestling on the southern side of the Mendip Hills with the mystic Somerset Levels stretching away to the south and west. The history of Wells goes right back to Roman times when we know that there was a settlement, probably because of the springs that bubble up here. Wells gets its name from these springs which can today be found in the gardens of the Bishop’s Palace.
Longleat Safari Park and House: 13 miles approx 25 mins
Set within 900 acres of Capability Brown landscaped grounds, Longleat House is widely regarded as one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain and one of the most beautiful stately homes open to the public.The UK’s first Safari Park opened its gates to the public in April 1966; the first of its kind outside Africa. It was the beginning of a revolution in zoological collections that has spread all over the globe.
Cheddar Gorge: 21 miles approx 30 mins
Cheddar Gorge is a limestonegorge in the mendip hills, near the village of Cheddar in Somerset, England. The gorge is the site of the Cheddar show caves, where Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton, cheddar man, estimated to be 9,000 years old, was found in 1903. The caves, produced by the activity of an underground river, contain stalactites and stalagmites.
Bath: 24 miles approx 35 mins
Stunning architecture and home of the famous Roman baths museum, Bath is a designated world heritage site.
The Jurassic coast: 45 miles approx 60mins
The Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site is England’s first natural World Heritage Site – it is known as The Jurassic Coast. It covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth’s history.World Heritage status was achieved because of the site’s unique insight into the Earth Sciences as it clearly depicts a geological ‘walk through time’ spanning the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.