The beautiful West Country is a fantastic spot for a picturesque getaway. There are plenty of quaint towns and villages in Somerset full of amazing places to visit. The quintessentially English setting is idyllic and is the perfect place to relax and unwind, surrounded by the charming countryside. Lakeside Holiday Park is conveniently located in the heart of Somerset in Burnham-on-Sea, itself a scenic seaside town, perfectly situated to visit the array of unique towns the local area has to offer. We listed our top 5 picture-perfect towns you must visit on your next holiday with us.
Known as the country town of Somerset, Taunton is steeped in history. Some of the architecture dates back to the early 10th century with origins in the Anglo Saxon period. The iconic Taunton Castle is over a millennia-old and now hosts the Museum of Somerset within its walls, taking you on a trip through history. Or, why not take a walk through the high street during your visit and behold the old buildings and victorian fountains as well as gorgeous parks such as Vivary Park, a 7.5 hectare haven, perfect for a winter (or summer) stroll through the peaceful gardens.
A large parish, the town of Cheddar is, of course, famous for giving its name to the nation’s favourite cheese, and has been producing it since the 12th century. The main village has an abundance of gift shops, local pubs and delicate tea rooms as well as the ancient Market Cross, a grade II listed building that used to mark the centre of the market square. Additionally, a trip to Cheddar is not complete without visiting the stunning limestone Cheddar Gorge, a must for any travelling tourist.
Situated at the foot of the stunning Mendip Hills, Wells is officially classed as the smallest city in England, thanks to the ancient Gothic cathedral that lends it its ‘city’ status. However, Wells’ charm lies in its small-town atmosphere with its quaint streets and surrounding countryside. Wells Cathedral is regarded by many as one of the most beautiful in Europe and its Early English architecture alongside medieval carvings and stained glass windows make for a stunning visit. Then, why not head down into the market town centre to find The Bishop’s Palace, a stunning building surrounded by grounds and even a moat, home to the famous bell-rising swans!
On the slopes of the Quantocks lies Crowcombe, a small town nestled between Taunton and Minehead. Surrounding by green countryside, the Quantock Hills were declared England’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956. The centre is full of delightful houses and small cottages with thatched roofs and black and white timber. If you fancy a bite to eat whilst exploring the town’s twee streets, why not visit The Carew Arms, a grade II listed heritage pub with 500 years of history.
Unmarked by the spoils of modern life, Dunster is an area packed with raw beauty. Overlooked by Dunster Castle, which rises above the town on a steep hill, the high street is lined with listed buildings as well as charming shops and cafes. Visitors flock from across the country to experience the beauty of the medieval town by night at the Dunster by Candlelight festival, taking place on the first Friday and Saturday of December.
With so many quaint towns, historic sites and areas of natural beauty to see, Lakeside Holiday Park is the perfect home base for some amazing days out across the gorgeous Somerset area. Call 01278 792 222 to enquire now or visit our site to find out more about our amazing accommodation and facilities.