15 Best Places to Visit in Somerset (England)

The city of Bath and its glorious Roman and Georgian culture is why most people come to Somerset.

And Bath is as good a reason as any, but the county has many more feathers in its cap, at captivating old cities and towns like Wells and Frome and the many cute country villages.

The Somerset countryside is steeped in folklore and history, extending to the very roots of England as a nation: The Somerset Levels are the supposed home of Avalon from Arthurian legend, while King Alfred the Great escaped to the Levels in the 9th century to plot his counterattack against the invading Vikings.

Exmoor in the west is a National Park of heather, meadows and ancient woodland on hills that rise to 500 metres.

Lets explore the best places to visit in Somerset:

1. Bath

Bath, Somerset

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Bath, Somerset

If the Romans discovered Bath it was the Georgians who perfected it when they turned this city into the luxury resort of choice in the 1700s.

Yet for all the magnificent architecture from this time the prime attraction in Bath is the Roman bathing complex established some 1,800 years before.

The Roman Baths are one of the things people travel to England to see, and for a Roman site the level of preservation is rare in Britain and helped by Victorian reconstructions.

The museum at the complex is a treasure chest of wonderful artefacts.

The second period of glory came in the 18th century when the resplendent Royal Crescent was just one of many grand designs.

Jane Austen set Northanger Abbey and parts of Persuasion in Bath after visiting at the turn of the 19th century.

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15 Best Places to Visit in Somerset (England):

Bath, Somerset