Beautiful Tudor manor house built in 16th-c in mellow Ham Hill stone, with magnificent gabled frontage, rising to a host of fine spiral chimney stacks. Formal gardens by Gertrude Jekyll, set on three sides and divided into garden rooms by walls and hedges, with pools and terraces. Run by National Trust*
Opening times: Mar~Sep daily (ex Wed), 11am to 5pm; Oct~Nov, Thu-Tue 11am to 4.30pm Admission Charge*
Location: TA19 0NO - Tel: 01460 241938 - Website
Facilities: licensed restaurant, parking, shop
The Elton family regularly entertained the rich and famous at their great house of Clevedon Court over the centuries. The core of the house was built around 1320 and is one of the few surviving great manor houses of the period. Updated over the centuries, the property is a pleasing variety of styles. The fine great hall has exceptional 14th-c windows and contains a collection of Eltonware pottery and Nailsea glass. The house is set in delightful terraced gardens. Run by National Trust*
Opening times: Apr-Sep, Wed-Thu,
Sun & BH Mon 2pm to 5pm. Admission Charge*
Location: Tickenham Rd, Clevedon, Somerset, BS21 6QU - Tel: 01275 872257 - Website
Facilities: free parking (40 metres), refreshments
Enjoy peaceful woodland walks and magnificent gardens in the grounds of this beautiful manor house (hotel).
Opening times: May~Sept, daily, 10am to 5pm Admission Charge
Location: Cricket St Thomas Hotel, Chard, Somerset, TA20 4DD - 01460 30111 - Website
Facilities: parking, hotel accommodation
Cottage style gardens laid out by Margery Fish. Unique collection of snowdrops and hardy geraniums.
Opening times: Feb, May & Jun
daily, Mar~Apr & Jul~Oct, Tue-Sat & BH, 10am
to 5pm. Admission
Location: TA13 5HH - Tel: 01460 240328 - Website
Facilities: parking, plant nursery, art gallery
Discover three centuries of acclaimed gardens, lovingly restored to their former glory. Explore over fifty acres of landscaped parkland, lakes, waterfalls, follies, temples, woodland, formal gardens and terraces. A veritable paradise in vivid colour with spectacular views.
Regular events and activities held throughout the season, from summer fetes to butterfly walks.
Opening times: all year, daily
from 10am (closed Xmas).
Location: Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8LG - Tel: 01823 413923 - Website
Facilities: Tea room, restaurant, picnic areas, children's play area, parking. Dogs on leads welcome.
Charming medieval manor house, great hall and chapel set amidst enchanting gardens. One time home of herbalist Henry Lyte, the gardens are of an Arts & Crafts style, with a combination of garden rooms, topiary and herbaceous borders. Run by National Trust*
Opening times: vary, see website
for details Admission Charge*
Location: Kingsdon, Somerset, TA11 7HU - Tel: 01458 224471 - Website
Facilities: parking, shop
Victorian country house and estate overlooking the beautiful Yeo valley. A Gothic revival extravaganza, bristling with towers and turrets. Surrounded by 500 acres of landscaped grounds, including a formal garden, walled garden and extensive Woodlands. Run by National Trust*
Opening times: vary, see website for details Admission Charge*
Location: Wraxall, Bristol, North Somerset, BS48 1NX
Tel: 0844 800 4966 - Website
Facilities: parking, restaurant, shop, exhibition space, home farm visitor centre, children's play area
Despite its name, this early 16th-c Tudor timber-framed dwelling is not a hunting lodge and was not owned by King John! Today this well preserved merchant's dwelling houses a museum of local history (Axbridge & District Trust), including many fine paintings and old photographs. Run by National Trust*
Opening times: Mar-Sep, daily 1pm to 4pm Admission Charge*
Location: The Square, Axbridge, Somerset, BS26 2AP - Tel: 01934 732012 - Website
Facilities: parking, gift shop
This graceful and historic mansion has one of the loveliest gardens in south west England, covering some 30 acres. Including a lake, colourful bog garden, walled kitchen garden, rock garden, rich herbaceous borders and England's highest powered water fountain. The 12th-c house contains rich period furnishings, tapestries, beautifully decorated plaster ceilings and fine artwork.
Opening times: Gardens: daily 10am to 4.30pm, House: Apr-Oct, Tue-Fri Admission Charge
Location: Chard, Somerset, TA20 4LU - Tel: 01460 221290 - Website
Facilities: licensed restaurant, parking, shop
Handsome 17th-c manor house, with magnificent Queen
Anne facade, set in two acres of beautiful gardens.
With tranquil pools and colourful borders, orchards
and woodland walks.
Run by National Trust*
Opening times: Mar~Oct, Wed-Sun & BH
Mons, 11 am to 5 pm Admission Charge
Location: Farm St, Tintinhull, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8PZ - Tel: 01935 823289 - Website
Facilities: parking, plant sales, tea room
Grand three storey Elizabethan mansion, built in 1597 by Sir Edward Phelips, a successful lawyer and House of Commons Speaker. Surrounded by formal gardens and used as the setting for many films, including Sense and Sensibility (1995). Its impressive interior is filled grand architectural features. Most impressive of all is the 172 ft Long Gallery, on the top floor, lined with portraits from the Tudor and Jacobean era. Run by National Trust*
Opening times: Mar~Oct, Wed-Mon, 11am to 5pm Admission Charge*
Location: Montacute, Somerset, TA15 6XP - Tel: 01935 823289 - Website
Facilities: licensed restaurant, parking, gift shop
Attractions & Theme Parks:
Animal Farm | Brean Leisure Park | Cheddar Gorge and Caves | East Somerset Railway | Puxton Park | Rich's Cider Farm | West Somerset Steam Railway | Wookey Hole Caves | Vivary Adventure Centre
Castles, Monuments & Heritage Sites:
Bakelite Museum | Cadbury Castle | Cleeve Abbey | Coleridge Cottage | Dunster Castle | Hungerford Castle | Fleet Air Arm Museum | Glastonbury Abbey | Haynes Motor Museum | Helicopter Museum | Muchelney Abbey | Nunney Castle | Stoke-Sub-Hamdon Priory | Shoe Museum | Taunton Castle | Wells Cathedral | Woodspring Priory
Nature, Wildlife & Scenic Sites:
Noah's Ark Zoo | Strawberry Line | Willow & Wetlands | Tropiquaria
Gardens & Historic Houses:
Barrington Court | Clevedon Court | Cricket St Thomas | East Lambrook | Hestercombe | Lytes Cary | Tyntesfield | King John's Hunting Lodge | Forde Abbey | Tintinhull Garden | Montacute House
Please note that the above information was accurate at the time this page was last updated. This information is subject to change at any time (opening times in particular), therefore if you plan on visiting any of the above attractions, please check the owner's website first or phone them for the latest details.