In the Area
Local Attractions in Somerset
The best of Somerset is close to hand from Bowdens Crest, such as witch hunting at Wookey Hole Caves, striding around the Quantock Hills, Blackdown Hills and the Somerset Levels, exploring the subterranean sights of Cheddar Caves, or, for the more modern, happily spending holiday money at Clarks Village in nearby Street. Glastonbury is about 12 miles away; these days it’s probably better known for its famous fest nearby, but a more peaceful time can be had around Glastonbury Abbey, which has stood on this site since the seventh century and which may – just possibly – be King Arthur’s Avalon where the mighty Excalibur was forged (Arthur and Queen Guinevere are purportedly buried here).
The ‘holy hill’ of Glastonbury Tor, home to Gwyn ap Nudd or the King of the Fairies, is another legendary local highlight to trek to: Somerset picnics taste super at the base of St Michael’s Tower, accompanied by tasty views of the Somerset Levels, Wiltshire, Dorset and over to Wales. Tiny Wells about 20 miles away is well worth a visit too: once there, see the show caves and look for the witch at the Wookey Hole Caves on the edge of the Mendip Hills, where dinosaurs, King Kong and pirate golf abound these days too. Another seven or so miles north-west and on the south side of the Mendips, spectacular Cheddar is worth at least a day to see the most of Cheddar Gorge and Cheddar Caves, where you can stick to sightseeing or be a bit more adventurous caving or rock climbing.
Outdoor options in the area include hiring a bike and pedalling off from Langport Visitor Centre into the Somerset countryside, fishing on the River Parrett and around Bridgwater, Somerton and Taunton, or sea fishing for Dover sole and bass from the beach at Burnham-on-Sea. While you’re on the coast, the Animal Farm Adventure Park is a popular pick with animal-petting youngsters, and a SeaQuarium is a little further along the shore at Weston-super-Mare.
Glastonbury Tor. Prominent hill overlooking the Isle of Avalon, Glastonbury and Somerset
This iconic and evocative landmark offers magnificent views of the Somerset Levels, Dorset, Wiltshire and Wales. Steeped in history and legend, excavations at the top of the Tor have revealed the plans of two superimposed churches of St Michael, of which only a 15th-century tower remains. Glastonbury Tor also has a grisly past. Abbot Richard Whiting was executed here in 1549 on the orders of Thomas Cromwell, the first Earl of Essex. Glastonbury Tor is known as being one of the most spiritual sites in the country. Its pagan beliefs are still very much celebrated. It’s a beautiful place to walk, unwind and relax.
Clarks Village. Shopping mall in Street
Nestled in the heart of Somerset just one mile from the world famous town of Glastonbury, Clarks Village is no ordinary designer shopping outlet. Less than 20 minutes from the M5, you’ll find traditional paved walkways, beautiful landscaped gardens, a stylish restaurant terrace with indoor and outdoor dining, a choice of coffee shops and of course, an unrivalled selection of discount designer and high street stores offering up to 60% off, every day.
A hidden jewel in the heart of Somerset, Glastonbury Abbey is traditionally associated with the earliest days of Christianity in Britain and figures such as Joseph of Arimathea, St Patrick and St David. It is also the resting place for three Saxon kings and the legendary King Arthur. Set in 36 acres of parkland in the middle of the town, the histories, mysteries and myths of Glastonbury Abbey define it as a place of extraordinary spiritual significance. Open 364 days a year, welcoming dogs on short leads, with summer cafe, costumed guides, accredited museum and gift shop.
Priest's House, Muchelney. Late medieval hall-house in a picturesque village
This medieval hall-house was built in 1308 for the parish priest of the church opposite, and has been little altered since the early 17th century. Interesting features include the Gothic doorway, magnificent double-height tracery windows and a massive 15th-century stone fireplace.
Wookey Hole Caves
Visit the secret river and encrusted caverns at Wookey Hole, based where early men and women lived and hunted over 50,000 years ago. As well as exploring the showcave, visitors can go to Dinosaur Valley, Magical Mirror Maze, the Clown Museum and the Pirate Play Area. The caves are also known as the home to the mythical Witch of Wookey.
As the most famous music festival in the UK, it’s a race to get your hands on one of the 170,000+ Glastonbury tickets when they go on sale. It started in 1970 as a tiny festival, where you mingled with the cows and got free milk while watching T-Rex up on stage after paying £1. Since then it’s morphed into the music event of the year. The whole thing is streamed on TV, covered on numerous radio stations and talked about for weeks. If you’re lucky enough to grab a ticket, make sure you take your wellies too – the Glastonbury mud is as legendary as the festival itself.
Animal Farm Adventure Park
Somerset’s top value tourist attraction, 23 acre farm park! Free rides and attractions. No1 venue for TV character appearances in the UK, over 60 character days booked. Dexter’s Tractor Ride, suitable for the whole family! Take a ride and see what animals you can spot, the goats are always enjoying time near the tractor! Lazy River boat ride, just for the little ones, take a ride on mummy or daddy duck, or one of their 8 ducklings around a winding river through the english countryside! Excalibur – Panning for treasure, splash about in this medieval themed water play, and find treasures as you go! Giant indoor playbarn with play areas for all age groups! And more…
SeaQuarium Weston is situated on it’s own unique Pier on the Weston-Super-Mare seafront. Showcasing a range of species from around the world in 8 different zones with over 30 exhibits including a Tropical Reef Zone with Puffer fish, Lionfish and Eels, and a Rainforest River Zone with Piranha.