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Coastal Holidays in Somerset

Somerset is a county in South West England, and the county town is Taunton, it is an extremely popular holiday destination with great family fun to be enjoyed all year round.

With fantastic sea side resorts on offer with a stunning coastline and superb scenery what more could you ask for?

The most popular seaside resorts in Somerset are Burnham on sea, Weston- Super- Mare and Minehead, however Brean sands and Blue Anchor are also very popular. With great piers, plenty of family attractions, arcades, fantastic shopping opportunities, donkey rides on the beach, steam train rides, fantastic scenery, dramatic coastline, fabulous English countryside and many historic places to explore only Somerset can offer all of these and more, with so much to see and do you really will be spoilt for choice.

Somerset has a mild climate because it is located in the South West of England and is influenced by the Azores high pressure, particularly so in the summer months. If you love your outdoor activities then you must visit Somerset, from walking to cycling to fishing and horse riding Somerset will surely please the outdoor enthusiast. Whatever type of accommodation you’re looking for Somerset has it all, so if you’re looking for a little pampering in a luxury hotel, there are many fantastic hotels to choose from in Somerset, that are guaranteed to please.

Maybe you fancy staying in a b and b if so Somerset won’t let you down with many to choose from, caravan and camping parks are also very popular in Somerset with many to choose from, if you love the great outdoors and sleeping under the stars you must visit Somerset.

If you love self catering then there are great holiday cottages that you can hire out, or maybe you would like to stay on a holiday park, there are plenty to choose from, especially good if you want to discover Somerset in your own time, great if you’re taking the whole family and maybe even the family pooch, as there are many holiday cottages and holiday parks that allow dogs to stay, there are also many beaches in Somerset that allow dogs to go on the beach.

There are over 100 visitor attractions in Somerset as well as hundreds of fantastic events going on all throughout the year, not forgetting Somerset’s illuminated autumn carnivals. There are many great family attractions in Somerset including, castles, museums, abbeys, English houses and gardens along with lots of animal attractions. Popular houses and gardens to visit include, Hestercombe Gardens, Montacute House, Dunster Castle, Bishops palace and gardens, Tintinhull garden, Barrington court, Gants mill and garden, Lytes cary manor, Tyntesfield, The walled gardens of cannington and tea rooms, East lambrook manor gardens and The Chalice well.

Fantastic animal attractions include, The Fun Farm, Court Farm Country Park, Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre, Exmoor Pony Centre, Alstone Wildlife Park, Sea Quarium, Noahs Ark Zoo Farm and many more. Also very popular is Fleet air arm museum, Wookey Hole caves, Haynes motor museum, Sheppy’s cider farm and Glastonbury Abbey. If you love going walking along the coast or countryside then Somerset is definitely for you, whether you want to go on a gentle stroll or a long hike Somerset will please. With fantastic scenery and dramatic coastline, walking has to be the very best way to discover Somerset.

Somerset has many fantastic rivers and lakes to explore as you walk by. If you love cycling there are many cycle tracks around Somerset whether on the coast or inland. If you fancy something with a more challenging terrain then you must go to the Quantock or Mendip hills.

If fishing is you’re thing then in Somerset you will see freshwater trout, carp and salmon. There’s a great range of fishing waters in Somerset whether you like course, game or sea fishing, Somerset has them all.

You can go horse riding on the beaches in Somerset and there are also many great routes for you to take in inland, there are also many places in Somerset where your horse can stay, so you can rest assured your horse is safe and sound.

There are great golf courses in Somerset, many with stunning scenery all around. After a long day exploring Somerset you will want something to eat and Somerset will definitely wet your appetite, with fantastic restaurants to choose from many holding accolades, all taking advantage of the local produce. There are also many inns and pubs, bistros, cafes and tearooms on offer here. Apples, cider and cheddar cheese are all very popular in Somerset. You must stop and have a cream tea when you are in Somerset, with homemade scones with farmhouse clotted cream and whortleberry jam, they really are delicious. Yeo valley yogurts, Blackthorn cider and Exmoor lamb are just some of the local produce that is available in Somerset.

There are many food and drink attractions in Somerset including Sheppy’s cider farm shop and museum, The Somerset Distillery, Perry’s cider, Avalon vineyard and Brown and Forrest smoker and restaurant. There are many events that take part in Somerset including T4 on the beach, Tour of Britain, Glastonbury festival (which is world famous and takes part in June) along with fairs, carnivals and shows.

Somerset’s coast has many long sandy beaches and fantastic sea side resorts, harbours and marinas, along with the dramatic Exmoor coastline. Travel further inland and you will discover rolling hills, wild moorlands, ancient woodlands, wetlands, and many pretty villages dotted in between. Somerset is packet full of history and culture, including the legends of King Arthur and King Alfred. The Exmoor ponies can be found on Exmoor, and are truly delightful to see. You can also fossil hunt on Kilve Beach, great family fun!

You must take a trip to Watchet which is a busy market town. If you love wildlife then you will love Somerset, as Somerset has RSPB, English nature and Somerset wildlife trust reserves along with many protected areas. Somerset has three areas of outstanding natural beauty including, Quantock Hills, Mendip Hills and the Blackdown Hills.

Exmoor national park is a very special place to visit and here you will see heather clad moorlands with stunning scenery and lovely bays. If you visit the Somerset levels and moors between the autumn and February you will see starlings in their hundreds sometimes hundreds of thousands put on a delightful display as they flock together to form ball like shapes.

The towns and villages in Somerset are really delightful places to visit Wincanton and Taunton are a must see. Wells and Dunster are both very famous historic places.

Somerset is a fantastic place for the entire family, from the dramatic coastline to the timeless beauty that is rural Somerset, this place is very special and if you visit you will have many special memories of this very enchanting place.


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