Local Tourism

Local Attractions

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Wells Cathedral

Probably the finest example of Early English architecture (12th-14th century). Major interesting features include the magnificent West Front with over three hundred carved figures of Saints and Kings. The inverted arches of the nave which were added 1338, to strengthen the base of the central tower, and the famous astronomical clock, one of the oldest working mechanical clocks (c 1390), when it strikes the hour mounted Knights ride into action.

The Hilliard Society of Miniaturists 2019

The annual exhibition is held at Wells Town Hall, Wells, BA5 2RB

The exhibition runs from Saturday, 1st June 2019 – Saturday, 8th June 2019 and is open from 10am – 5pm

Please note the exhibition will not open on Sunday 2nd June

Wookey hole

Britain’s most spectacular caves and legendary home of the infamous Witch of Wookey. The 19th-century Papermill houses a variety of fascinating attractions including a Cave Museum, Victorian Penny Arcade, Magical Mirror Maze, Haunted Corridor of Crazy Mirrors and Wizard’s Castle play area. See paper being made in Britain’s only surviving handmade paper mill.

Glastonbury Tor

The dramatic and evocative Tor dominates the surrounding countryside and offers spectacular views over Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. At the summit of this very steep hill an excavation has revealed the plans of two superimposed churches of St Michael, of which only the 15th-century tower remains.

Clarks Village

Clarks Village is the UK’s first and foremost outlet shopping centre and has established itself as one of the premier shopping destinations in the country. With over 90 outlet shops to choose from offering up to 60% OFF rrp on a host of famous brands, plus regular entertainment and live events all set within a unique village environment.

Cheddar Gorge

As well as being famous for Cheddar Cheese, Cheddar is also home to the famous Cheddar Gorge, and the Cheddar Caves. Cheddar’s distinguishing feature is the natural phenomenon of Britain’s largest gorge, while The Cheddar Yeo in Gough’s Cave is Britain’s biggest underground river, and the Gorge Cliffs are Britain’s highest inland limestone cliffs.

Glastonbury Abbey

For centuries, travellers and pilgrims have visited this sacred site, situated in the heart of the beautiful country of Somerset. Traditionally the seat of Christianity in England and steeped in legend, Glastonbury Abbey attracts visitors from across the globe, who come to marvel at these romantic ruins.

Haynes International Motor Museum

The Haynes International Motor Museum holds over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50’s and 60’s glorious Bentley’s and Rolls Royce’s to exciting super cars like the Jaguar J220.

The Royal Bath and West Showgrounds

The Royal Bath and West Showgrounds, located between Castle Cary and Shepton Mallet plays host to a wide variety of events from horse trials, flower shows to motorcycle shows. Its most popular and largest event is the Bath and West Show were all aspects of rural and farming life are on display.

Longleat House

Longleat House is widely regarded as one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain and one of the most beautiful stately homes open to the public. Substantially completed by 1580 and now home to the 7th Marques’s of Bath.

Longleat House is set within 900 acres of magnificent ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland with a further 8000 acres of woodland, lakes and farmland. In the late 13th century, a priory belonging to the Black Canons of the Order of St Augustine occupied the site where Longleat House now stands.

Fleet Air Arm Museum

The new Fly Navy 100 exhibition dramatically presents the development of naval aviation from the first Royal Naval airship in 1909 and early bi-planes, to today’s formidable air power from the sea.

The earliest complete aircraft on display is a replica of a 1912 Short S27 together with the unrestored of the first aircraft to have taken part in a naval battle in 1916.