Often we think we need to head overseas to have an exciting holiday filled with history and enough things to keep the entire family occupied. The reality is the UK has quite a few local gems that rarely get the attention they deserve. One of these hidden gems is Somerset. Located around 160 miles away from London, Somerset makes a wonderful road trip destination and a great family holiday. From exploring the wonderful Roman baths, to a day trip out to Stonehenge, a stunning day exploring The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens, and snapping photos at Wells Cathedral, you’ll never have a dull moment in Somerset! Don’t forget to book a cottage in Somerset in advance during peak seasons, because they can fill up really fast. Here are some top things to do while visiting Somerset:
The Roman Baths:
This is a really special piece of Roman archaeology that is estimated to be around 2000 years old. Do you know what the most crazy thing is? It still works! Make sure to opt for the audio tour as it’s both entertaining and informative. The Audio Tour means that you can go at your own pace, stopping to soak in the history and to snap some photos along the one. It is one of the highlights of any visit to Bath.
This is one of the UK’s most famous sites and I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of its fascinating yet basic structure. Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England – if you’re coming from say Bath in Somerset, you can get to Stonehenge in around an hour each way, making it the perfect day trip from Somerset. Estimated to be around 2000 to 3000 years old, it is a must-see when in the region. Stonehenge was added UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1986, a true testament to how unique and intriguing this monument really is.
The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens
I personally love spending a sunny day walking around beautifully maintained gardens and The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens is a wonderful place to do that. Over 800 years old, the beautiful palace is complete with a traditional gatehouse and a moat. Originally the palace was surrounded by a medieval deer park. Nowadays some of the buildings are still used as a residence by the current bishop, however much of the palace has been opened to the public.
Located adjacent to The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens, Well’s Cathedral is made famous by it’s grandeur and absolutely stunning stained glass – you’ll want to snap a few photos of it, as it is truly some of the best in England. One of the things I really love about this cathedral is that it is free to enter, although a £5 donation is suggested to help cover the running costs and maintenance. If you’re not in a rush, make time to see the Saxon Font chiming it is the oldest clock in Europe.
No matter where you find yourself based in Somerset, it’s very easy to get between towns and historical sites ensuring you will be spoiled for options while there.