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Bridgwater

Mentioned in the Doomsday Book as Brugie, Bridgwater has long been linked with trade and industry. Birthplace of Robert Blake (Admiral) who became known as "the Father of the Navy" due to his being responsible for building up the largest Navy during 1640s, the house believed to be his birthplace is now the Blake Museum. Famous now for its illuminated carnival which is held in November and attracts in excess of a hundred thousand visitors to the town for the day. Local clubs spend much of the year designing and building carts which feature in the procession, as much as 20,000 can be spent on each cart. Being on the edge of the Somerset Levels, to the north are the Mendip range and on the west the Quantock hills Bridgwater is in a central position for visiting all these areas.


Robert Blake Bridgwater Somerset

Taunton

Hotel Accommadation Bridgwater Somerset

The County town of Somerset. Taunton is a 25 minute car journey with ample parking. Taunton Cricket Ground hosts many national and international cricket teams throughout the summer. Vivary Park Gardens the venue for the annual Taunton Flower show a blooming good day out. In the centre of Taunton visit the museum which is part of the 12th Century castle. It achieved notoriety in 1685 as the setting for Judge Jeffrey"s "bloody assizes" following the Monmouth rebellion.


Wells

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 an interesting market on Wednesday and Saturday, the narrow streets and an eclectic mix of building styles all reflect on the continuing development of the town throughout the ages.


Wells Cathedral, Wells Somerset

Glastobury Tor

Hotel Accommadation Bridgwater Somerset

Rising from the Somerset Levels The Tor features the roofless St Michael"s tower, this hill has even been called the "holy hill". The Tor is now owned and cared for by the National Trust and there is free access to the public at all times.To get to Glastonbury it takes about 25-30 minutes, depending on traffic.


Minhead and Dunster Castle and Porlock Weir

The port of Porlock Weir has a long and colourful history, today it is a quiet harbour and a thriving community that welcomes many tourists every year, many of whom come to enjoy the pretty scenery, shops, tea rooms.


Discover Dunster Castle and Gardens in Somerset, an ancient castle and family home makes a great day out, near Minehead.


Minehead is a coastal town which lies on the south bank of the Bristol Channel, and offers shops, Tea Rooms and coast walks.


Dunster Wool Market, Dunster Somerset

The Quantocks Hills

Quantock Hills Somerset

Covering an area of 99km, The Quantocks were designated as An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1956, it is also a site of Special Scientific Interest.


Somerset Levels

The Somerset Levels is a sparsely populated coastal plain and wetland area of central Somerset, South West England, running south from the Mendip Hills to the Blackdown Hills. The Levels occupy an area of about 160,000 acres (650 km2). Being on the western edge of the levels we are ideally situated for easy access to them, whether by car, bicycle or foot.


As a result of the wetland nature of the Moors and Levels, the area contains a rich biodiversity of national and international importance. It supports a vast variety of plant and bird species and is an important feeding ground for birds. The Levels and Moors include 32 Sites of Special Scientific Interest, of which 12 are also Special Protection Areas. The area has been extensively studied for its biodiversity and heritage, and has a growing tourism industry.


In 1685, the Battle of Sedgemoor was fought in the Bussex area of Westonzoyland at the conclusion of the Monmouth Rebellion.


Somerset Levels, Somerset