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.
Wells is the smallest city in England with about 12,000 inhabitants. It can call itself a city because of the famous 13th century Cathedral. It remains remarkably unspoilt and has many other historic buildings including the moated Bishop's Palace, Vicars' Close, St Cuthbert's Church and a good local museum. The Wells Market Place, with lively markets twice a week, the narrow streets and an eclectic mix of building styles all reflect on the continuing development of the town throughout the ages.
Welcome to Glastonbury, possibly the quirkiest town in England. Dominating the skyline in this part of the beautiful county of Somerset you will find dramatic Glastonbury Tor.
In Glastonbury, history, myth and legend combine in such a way that most visitors cannot fail to feel the “vibes” and powerful atmosphere of the town. For not only is Glastonbury the cradle of Christianity in England but is also reputed to be the burial place of King Arthur. The spectacular, extensive and majestic ruins of the Abbey are situated just off the town’s main High Street, where many of the shops are involved in the sale of mystical objects and artifacts. Glastonbury with its myths, legends and ley lines has become a centre for New Age culture and spiritual healing.The town is rich with historic buildings. The Tourist Information Centre and Lake Village Museum are located in the Tribunal, a 15th century building thought to be an Abbey Court House. The Somerset Rural Life Museum is centered around a 14th century barn.
Cheddar and Cheddar Gorge
Explore one of Britain's most spectacular natural landmarks. From its awe-inspiring cliffs to its extraordinary subterranean stalactite show caves. Cheddar Gorge & Caves holds many fascinating secrets about our prehistoric ancestors, and is an international centre for caving and rock climbing.
So what are you waiting for? Nature, wildlife, history, adventure - experience the wonder of it all on a perfect day out in Somerset.
Stretch your legs and get close to nature! This spectacular walk takes you round a 3 mile route and rewards walkers with some of the finest views in Somerset. On a clear day, elevated over 900ft above sea-level, you can see for miles out across the Mendip Hills.
Wookey Hole Caves and Attractions in Somerset, is the UK’s largest show caves system, home to the infamous Witch of Wookey Hole and the new Chamber 20 with rare rock formations. With these world famous caves plus over 20 magnificent attractions,
Visit the Paper Mill for a hands-on demonstration, where you will be introduced to the ancient art of Paper Making! Learn the process used to make paper as the friendly guides talk you through the various stages and see if you could have worked in our Paper Mill!
Step back into the days of early man with the Cave Museum! Housing rare and interesting finds from the caves, see which cave animals you can find in the displays and find out which ancient civilisations may have once roamed the area and what they may have left behind…
Ebbor Gorge is a beautiful quiet woodland trail set within the ancient limestone Mendip Hills, Ebbor Gorge is designated a National Nature Reserve, managed by Natural England. Here you’ll find breathtaking views, woodland, rocks and caves. There are small streams good for paddling and fallen trees to clamber over. Fill a day wildlife spotting, exploring the woodland, playing in streams and climbing up the rocky path to the Gorge. Walk from the doorstep of Beaconsfield Farm, through the famous Deerleep, following the public footpath, or the car park is free but please note that it is locked at dusk and managed by Natural England.
Bath's stunning honey-coloured Georgian architecture is straight from a Jane Austen novel, Built for pleasure and relaxation, beautiful Bath has been a wellbeing destination since Roman times. The waters are still a big draw, both at the ancient Roman Baths and the thoroughly modern Thermae Bath Spa, which houses the only natural thermal hot springs in Britain you can bathe in.
Bath’s compact, visitor-friendly centre is overflowing with places to eat and drink, plus some of the finest independent shops in Britain, making it the ideal city break. Immerse yourself in Bath’s remarkable collection of museums and galleries, and enjoy year-round festivals, theatre, music and sports.Bath has lots to offer, and its streets are a living museum of Georgian Architecture. Highlights include the iconic Royal Crescent and the majestic Circus.