Places to Explore

What to see and do in Somerset

One of the best things about The Old Stables is that we’re beautifully situated on the edge of The Mendip Hills (AONB). Here you can explore the very best of Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire, including Bath, Wells, various National Trust properties and gardens, Longleat, and more! Walkers are spoiled for choice with the miles of wonderful walks on our doorstep.

There is so much to see and do that we couldn’t possibly cover it all here! But here are some of our personal recommendations of what to see and do whilst you are in our beautiful county.


You wouldn’t think of Somerset without Bath coming to mind – a city so beautiful and special that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk through history at the Roman Baths, celebrate Jane Austen, one of Bath’s most famous residents, enjoy the stunning Georgian architecture or pamper yourself at the Bath Thermae Spa –  bliss!

National Trust Properties

There is so much to see and do you will find something to keep everyone happy! If you’re looking for National Trust properties to explore then you are definitely in the right place! In Somerset there’s everything from Tudor houses and hidden gardens to tors, gorges and natural piers. Barrington Court, Brean Down, Tyntesfield, Stourhead and of course the iconic Tor in Glastonbury are our must-visits.


And talking about Glastonbury you couldn’t come to Somerset without paying this vibrant town a visit. From the eclectic shops and the infamous Abbey to the serenity and beauty of The Chalice Well and the world famous music festival, it’s all here.

If you’re interested in Glastonbury as the Isle of Avalon then you definitely need to spend some time with Tor Webster of Tor’s Tour of the Tour. While you’re there, don’t forget to try one of the Glastonbury Pasties from Burns the Bread right on the High Street – they are delicious and perfect for a picnic.

The Bath & West Showground

One of the closest attractions to us is The Bath & West Showground. Popular events include giant flea markets, antique fairs and the Royal Bath & West Show. Check the Bath & West website for all current shows/events.

Walking through Somerset

Take a scenic drive through the breathtaking Cheddar Gorge. This world-famous site is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and reveals many fascinating stories of our prehistoric ancestors and is also an international centre for caving and rock climbing. The caves are a great day out!

If rambling and walking is on your holiday agenda you will be spoiled for choice. Head here for some inspiration!

We are also in easy proximity to Wiltshire (Stonehenge and Avebury – both a must!) and Dorset so there are plenty wonderful places to explore.

Shopping in Somerset

If shopping is your forte whilst on holiday you can get some great retail therapy at Clarks Village and of course you will find fabulous shopping in both Bath and Bristol. For local art and gifts visit some of the lovely smaller towns throughout the county.

The City of Wells (the smallest city in England) is one of our favourite places. With its historic centre, the magnificent cathedral, the unique moated Bishop’s Palace and lovely independent shops you can happily wile away an afternoon. There’s a fantastic Farmers’ Market held weekly (Wednesdays and Saturday) in the Marketplace and of course if you buy any goodies to take home with you they will stay fresh in the mini-fridge in your room. With no end of lovely restaurants and coffee shops you definitely won’t go hungry!


In a County of wide open spaces, steeped in culture and history, there are just so many things to do while on holiday at The Old Stables. If you need more ideas of what to do in Somerset, we recommend visiting Explore Somerset to help you with your holiday plans and of course, we’re always on hand with info and suggestions!

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