Located in the Southwest of England, the county of Somerset borders Bristol and Gloucestershire, Devon, Wiltshire and Dorset. With a population of over 550,000 people, Bath is the largest city in Somerset, followed by Weston-Super-Mare and Taunton, the county town. Somerset is also home to the smallest city in England, Wells, which has approximately 12,000 inhabitants. The medieval city located on the south side of Mendip Hills has a 13th-century cathedral and other historic buildings, including St Cuthbert’s Church and a moated Bishop’s Palace.
Famous for its apples, cider, Cheddar cheese and Glastonbury music festival, Somerset has some of Britain’s most historic cities and outdoor spaces. There are many beautiful places to visit in the county, including some of the best Somerset National Trust sites, including Brean Down, Cadbury Camp, Clevedon Court, Cheddar Gorge and Tyntesfield. It’s also home to the stunning and unforgettable Somerset Levels and Moors, one of the lowest and flattest areas in the country, covering about 170,000 acres from the Mendips to the Blackdown Hills. The wetland area lies only a few metres above mean sea level. Other attractions in the county include the Museum of Somerset, Somerset and Dorset Railway and the Somerset Wildlife Trust nature reserves.
Somerset is 140 miles from London and is easy to reach by both car and public transport. There is a diverse selection of beautiful places to stay in the county, from the historic towns of Yeovil and Bruton to coastal resorts of Minehead and Weston-Super-Mare.
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