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A county of contrasts, Somerset is considered one of the most beautiful counties in England, boasting everything from beaches, moors, national parks and caves through to the awe-inspiring architecture of its towns and cities. As the seventh largest county in the UK in its size, the population of Somerset is relatively low, resulting in tranquil, unspoilt green spaces that are perfect for exploration.
As well as natural splendour, Somerset is also host to some iconic places, including the town of Bruton which is nestled in the valley of the River Brue and the world-famous music festival town of Glastonbury. As such, property in Somerset is becoming more and more popular for young professionals and families looking to get that perfect balance of green space and urban life.
To help you discover more about this striking and varied county, we have put together a guide to Somerset that outlines what visitors can do, what the local educational facilities are like, transport links, property prices and more.
If you’re looking for a Somerset property, Strutt & Parker’s Salisbury and Exeter offices are on hand to help with everything from impressive country mansions, new homes and quaint cottages through to farms, estates and land management.
Whether you’re a lover of the great outdoors or a fan of historic settlement, there’s no shortage of things to do in Somerset.
Exploration and the outdoors
If you love rambling through vast green spaces, climbing hills for stunning views or enjoying the fresh sea air, then Somerset is the place for you. One of the most popular destinations for visitors looking to get away from it all, Exmoor National Park is a unique and sprawling green haven made up of woodland, moorland, valleys and farmland, dotted with picturesque villages, towns and hamlets. More than 37 miles of coastland borders the Western side, making a home for a spectrum of flora and fauna. Cheddar Gorge is also a notable destination, created over millions of years with caves, cliffs and incredible prehistoric beauty.
Action and adventure
With so much open space waiting to be enjoyed, Somerset is a fantastic place for those looking for sports, hobbies and outdoor activities. Fishing, golfing, mountain biking, horse-riding, archery and rock climbing to name just a few! Whether you’re a beginner from the city looking to try something different or a pro looking for your next adrenaline hit, there’s bound to be something that catches your attention.
Historic towns and cities
As well as all of the natural splendour, Somerset is also home to a number of amazing towns and cities, a key area is the town of Bruton which has become an unexpectedly glamourous area being home to a whole host of celebrities. Somerset’s second city, Wells also has its own Roman roots which have resulted in similar architecture and grandeur. Cities aside, Somerset is also home to dozens of charming market towns, villages and hamlets which offer everything you would expect from rural destinations, with local food, pubs and small-town charm.
The perfect balance of outdoor splendour, adventure, culture and history
There’s a lot to love about Somerset – talk to anyone that lives there and they will have their own personal favourites. For anyone coming in from a larger city, Somerset is an ocean of green with trees, hedgerows and fields which only add to its allure.
Making a residency in all of this nature is a wonderful array of wildlife – some of the best in Britain. There are over 72 nature reserves throughout the county, covering more than 1700 hectares of land that are home to otters, red deer, starlings, ravens and dozens of other species not seen in other urban areas.
Whilst the countryside takes centre stage for Somerset, the towns and cities have their rightful share of the spotlight. The historic and vibrant environment of Bruton is home to some of the UK’s most ancient and historical sites. Then there are all of the villages, towns and hamlets, all of which offer their own unique country charm to visitors with farmers markets, boutique shopping and local pubs.
There’s always something happening in Somerset. From the world-famous Glastonbury music festival and Weston-Super-Mare Carnival through to food and drink events and outdoor gatherings, you’ll never be short of things to do.
Lying snugly in South Somerset in between Frome and Yeovil is the town of Bruton – small in size but dense in culture, history and creativity. The charm of the town has seen showbiz folk flock to its ancient streets to tuck into the calm and reserved environment whilst still gaining the buzz of a city. History lingers in the area, especially the Creech Hill area which once homed a Roman temple in the 3rd century making the area a goldmine for architectural digs. Local attractions such as the Hauser & Wirth gallery situated on a 17th century farm generates a creative vibe among various independent shops and eateries – Bruton truly shines with personality.
The most famous of all urban centres in Somerset, Bath is a household name that conjures up rich history, culture and leisure. Brimming with ancient beauty, Bath is considered so special that it was designated a UNSECO World Heritage Site in 1987 because of its unique historical significance and importance. Of course it has all of the things you would expect from a modern city, brimming with culture, food, shopping and nightlife but it’s the history behind it all that makes this a wonderful experience.
Just 45 minutes from Bath, the medieval city of Wells also goes back to the Roman times and therefore also enjoys the architectural influences from the period. Although it is the smallest city in England, the famous 13th Century cathedral and other historic buildings give it richness and character that makes it a worthwhile day out.
A lively country town, Taunton is enriched by over a thousand years of military and religious history. Set in the vale of Taunton Deane, visitors can partake on a self-guided walking tour where they can view over 60 historic buildings and really get into the atmosphere of the town. After viewing the sights, visitors can walk down the high-street to enjoy shopping at boutique stores and at the farmer’s market which is held every Thursday.
A small market town found between the Blackdown Hills and the River Tone, Wellington has managed to hold onto the charm lost in larger urban centres. Residents and visitors can enjoy the many independent, traditional shops that towns are built on such as ironmongers, bakeries and distinctive food and clothes boutiques. Food and drink is all locally sourced and a farmer’s market is held every first and third Saturday of the month. If you fancy a stroll, the award winning Wellington Park is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a number of activities such as camping and nature trails.
Known the world over as the creators of Cheddar Cheese, Chedder has a number of highlights, making it a popular destination for visitors and residents alike. The main village has a number of historic buildings, shops, tea rooms and gift shops as well as the Cheddar Cheese factory itself and the stunning Cheddar Gorge which has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Attracting up to 500,000 visitors a year, the Gorge itself is home to some fantastic views and wildlife, making it a must-see when in Somerset.
Somerset is also easily reached by rail. You can choose from a few different options from Bristol, Bath or the Southern route from London Paddington which takes just 90 minutes to Bath.
If coming by road, you can take the M5 from London or the Midlands; alternatively you can also take the M4 or A4 to Bath, the 138 through Bristol or the A303 from London.