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The Beautiful and Serene Somerset County
Somerset is a county in the southwest of England, also known as The Jewel of the Southwest. The area is known for its colourful history and vibrant culture. With its large open green spaces, parks, rolling fields, stunning views, and sandy beaches, it makes for the perfect vacation destination for anyone looking to relax and unwind in peace and quiet away from the large crowds of England's larger cities. Besides being known for its landscape, history and culture, the Somerset area is also known for its beautiful, quaint hotels and spas, famous landmarks, festivals and world-class restaurants. Visitors to the area have plenty of opportunities to participate in a wide range of outdoor activities in many areas of the county including the towns of Glastonbury, Bath, Portishead and Dulverton to name a few.
Signs of Somerset; Cheese, Strawberries, and Cider!
Many of the restaurants in the Somerset area are well-known throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. Visitors can sample a wide variety of hearty local favourites including pork casserole, Bath Chaps apple cider and Damask Cream. It is said that the fresh strawberries and apples are among the best around. Do you like cheese? There is one local favourite that is certainly worth tasting, the cheddar cheese. The area of Somerset has been producing cheese since the 12th century, and there’s even a town in Somerset named Cheddar, which is where the cheddar method of production originated. You can visit the Cheddar Village and learn all about the historic process of cheese making. Of course, on the list should be a visit to the Cheddar Caves, where this local favourite is stored to mature, even today!
Strong Heritage with a Colourful Past and Prosperous Future
Thanks to the rich history of Somerset County, there are plenty of museums for visitors to enjoy, from the towns to the countryside. Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury highlights the historical way of life of the people who populated the area for centuries. King John's Hunting Lodge is a 15th century wool merchant's house. This three story historic building welcomes guests for tea and coffee, so stop by for a scone and a cup or two. The Museum of Somerset features a wide variety of exhibits including artwork, sculptures, fossils and pottery. Visitors can even take a voyage on the West Somerset Railway which is the longest heritage railway in England. The trains will take you back in time, using traditional steam locomotives to chugga-chugga choo-choo you through the unspoiled countryside.
Explore the Great Outdoors and Take in Some World-Class Festivals
When it comes to outdoor activities in Somerset, the possibilities will impress. Visitors can enjoy hiking, cycling, fishing, rock climbing and horseback riding. Wildlife is abundant, and can be observed in various places, including the many nature reserves, including Harridge Woods, Bishopswood Meadow, and Catcott. Don’t fear the winters in Somerset, as the snowfall creates a magical atmosphere for tourists to discover the great outdoors. Bird watching is also a top activity in the area, and there are a number of guided tours available to take visitors to prime bird-watching areas, such as Staple Hill. If festivals are on your radar, The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts takes place each spring and features a mix of dance, music, visual art, comedy and theatre. For bibliophiles, The Bath Literature Festival focuses on the music and literature of both local and international artists, and lasts for around 10 days, traditionally in late February or early March. Many of the events on offer at this festival are free, but ticketed, so sign up before all the spots are reserved!
Family Fun Seaside in Somerset
In the coastal areas of Somerset, the options are seemingly endless. Visitors can explore the beautiful national parks or find donkeys relaxing by the seashore. Exmoor National Park offers stunning views, and a heavenly chance to gaze towards the ocean, or the stars. The night sky stretches out for miles, untainted by city lights, allowing for a perfect view of the Milky Way. For some daytime fun, the kids will love to hop on a donkey for a beachside ride in Weston-super-Mare, a tiny resort town alongside the Bristol Channel. Afterwards, a visit to the Helicopter Museum could be of interest, which features around 80 helicopters from around the world. The many villages that line the coast of Somerset are home to resorts, campsites, hotels, and B&B’s. Families can pack up the kids, and even the dog, to visit the beaches of Burnham, Berrow, and Brean. Burnham-On-Sea also features an annual carnival, which is generally held in November. Floats flood the streets with flashing lights and silly costumes. Whether it was a long day on the beach or at the carnival, visitors will be able to find a wide variety restaurants and pubs, offering traditional and local English fare. Somerset truly has something for all.
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Hotel Premier Inn Bath City Centre Bath
Offering a convenient central location, the Premier Inn Bath City Centre offers 24-hour front desk services and air-conditioned rooms. Bath Abbey is nearby. Bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms with showers. Rooms also benefit from flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, work desks and tea and coffee making facilities. The Premier Inn Bath City Centre provides guests with free Wi-Fi and the option to upgrade to a faster service. The hotel has a lift. The on-site Thyme Restaurant offers a choice of continental and cooked breakfast options. Snacks and evening meals are also available. The hotel is within walking distance of popular attractions such as Theatre Royal, the Thermae Spa and the Roman Baths. The Royal Crescent, Royal Victoria Park and the Botanical Gardens are less than a mile from the property. more
Hotel The Thief Bath
The Thief is an independent design hotel close to Victoria Park in central Bath, offering boutique accommodation half a mile away from popular attractions like The Roman Baths. This 4-star hotel is set in a historic restored coaching inn and features a bar with local craft ales and eight individually-designed en-suite rooms. Each room is equipped with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen HDTV, tea and coffee-making facilities and a hairdryer, and all are non-smoking. A loft room is also available, featuring a king bed and a separate bathtub and shower. This hotel is pet-friendly — and also has two friendly dogs — and offers free luggage storage. Complimentary continental breakfasts are served every day and a wide range of drinking and dining spots are just a short stroll away. The Thief is less than a ten-minute walk away from attractions like Royal Crescent, Thermae Bath Spa and Bath Abbey. more
Hotel Best Western Limpley Stoke Hotel Bath
The 3 star Best Western Limpley Stoke Hotel is lower in the suburb of Lower Limpley Stoke in the city of Bath, where it is housed in a Georgian country house with private gardens. There are 60 guest rooms available divided over three floors. At the hotel there is a restaurant and meeting space. Each of the hotel rooms have cable or satellite television, radio, coffee and tea making facilities, direct dial telephone, alarm clock, iron, ironing board, wake up service and hairdryer. Up to two children under the age of 16 year can stay for free when using the existing bedding. Guests have access to free wireless high speed internet throughout the hotel. The hotel offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and the onsite restaurants Avon and Valley. Room service is available between 7 am and 11 pm. Four meeting/conference spaces for up to 85 people are available. There is front desk service with safety deposit box. Guests arriving with car can park for free at the hotel. more
Hotel Bay Tree House Bath
Located near Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths, Bay Tree House is a family-run bed and breakfast with free parking. The five guest rooms at Bay Tree House include amenities such as free Wi-Fi, Egyptian cotton sheets and complimentary toiletries. Most rooms have en-suite showers. A self-catering studio apartment is also available. This B&B has little in the way of facilities beyond bedrooms, but guests will find themselves well placed to explore Bath’s many attractions. Guests can enjoy a choice of cold items and a cooked full-English or vegetarian breakfast each morning. Area dining options include the Hop Pole and the Victoria Pub & Kitchen. Attractions such as the Royal Victoria Park, Bath City Centre and the Royal Crescent are all less than ten minutes’ walk from the B&B. more
Hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Bath City Bath
The Hilton Bath City hotel is a four star property within a close distance to the city centre and its attractions such as the Roman Baths and the Theatre Royal. Each of the 173 rooms are equipped with high speed internet access (for a fee), 32 inch flat screen television with pay per view, telephone, work desk and a hairdryer. One child under the age of four can stay for free when using the existing bedding. There is space for one cot in the room. At the onsite Zuccotta restaurant guests can enjoy breakfast and dinner and the onsite Zuccotta Bar & Lounge serves beverages. There is 24 hour room service available. For business travellers the Hilton Bath City provides 4 meeting rooms with a capacity of up to 200 people. At the onsite heath and fitness centre guests can go for a workout. Other facilities include baggage storage room, concierge desk, laundry, valet service and front desk service. Guests arriving with car can park at the hotel against costs. more
Hotel Milton House Bath
Milton House is situated in a peaceful and attractive suburb of Bath, just a 10-minute walk from the historic city centre. The rooms feature en-suite showers with complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. Each room also has a flat-screen TV with DVD player, plus tea and coffee making facilities. Milton House provides free Wi-Fi throughout the property, and there is free public parking nearby. A full English breakfast is served daily, and there is also a choice of a continental option or a selection of specials, including omelettes, kippers, smoked salmon and pancakes. Milton House is near a bus stop with frequent bus services to and from Bath city centre. It’s also just a five-minute drive from Bath Spa train station. The Thermae Bath Spa itself is situated just a 20-minute walk from the property. more
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