The success of the London Olympics has seen scores of people pack their bags for a trip to the UK. If you’re in the course of planning a trip, make a beeline for Somerset in south west England. Within easy reach of the capital for a day packed with culture and close to the stunning beaches of the south coast, Somerset is the perfect location to make the most of the UK.
Check out our top five things to do in Somerset…
Cheese, cheese, cheese!
No visit to Somerset is complete without a trip to the famous village of Cheddar, which gives the UK’s favourite cheese its name. At the bottom of the gorge you can watch cheese being made in the same way as it has been for centuries; don’t forget to sample some as you leave. Explore Wookey Hole Caves at the top of the gorge for a spooky family day out. For gorgeous views down the gorge and over the Mendip Hills, climb the 322 steps to the top of the Lookout Tour; it’s well worth the effort!
Known affectionately by the locals as Weston-super-MUD for the colour of the sand when the tide goes out, Weston is the place for a traditional seaside holiday. Enjoy fish and chips on the recently renovated pier with far-reaching views along the coast. At the end of the pier you’ll find an indoor theme park complete with old-fashioned amusements and rides for the more adventurous. Your day won’t be complete without an ice-cream on the beach while the children enjoy a fast-paced donkey ride.
Bathe like a Roman
Enjoy a day of culture in historic Bath; start at the Abbey and work your way towards the famous Royal Crescent. After a long day pounding the cobbled streets, why not spend a relaxing few hours in the newly-opened thermal spa? Bath is famous for its naturally hot springs and you can now splash around in the mineral-rich waters just as the Romans did. You’ll leave feeling as though all your cares have been washed away; what could feel better?
Tackle the Tor
Glastonbury Tor has been said for centuries to have magical properties; indeed it is said that people complete their descent feeling renewed. Whether or not you believe in the mumbo jumbo surrounding the Tor, it’s well worth a climb on a clear day or as the sun is setting. Enjoy the stunning views over the local area; you may even be able to hear the music from the nearby festival if you visit in June.
Adventure seekers will find plenty to keep the adrenaline levels high in the Exmoor National Park. Explore the wonderful landscape on two wheels or lace up your walking boots for an invigorating hike. There’s plenty of water-based activities too if that’s more your thing from canoeing to coasteering for the more adventurous. Choose from a great selection of fantastic cottages to rent in Somerset to enjoy your time in this great county. After an exhausting day in the National Park, you’ll be glad to head back to your holiday cottage for some well-earned relaxation.