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Somerset is the ideal location for a holiday to remember. With over 200 attractions you will never be left wondering how to spend your time with us - and many of our attractions offer incentives to coach drivers. Somerset is readily accessible by road - major routes are: M5, A303, A37, A38, A39 - and ten main line railway stations serve the county - making it just a few hours journey from London or Birmingham.

Steeped in history, myth and legend Somerset is world famous. Not only does the county make rightful claim as the home of King Arthur and King Alfred, famous monuments and landmarks make up the visual tapestry of life here. Glastonbury Tor stands proudly over the Levels and Moors, Wells with it's magnificent cathedral and Bishops Palace, the majestic Castles at Dunster and Taunton, all make Somerset a unique experience for a holiday to remember.

Exmoor will delight with its dramatic coastline and moorland. The long sandy beaches at Burnham-on-Sea, Minehead and Weston-Super-Mare are popular accommodation bases for groups. The beautiful villages and market towns are waiting to be explored, and if retail therapy is on the agenda, then why not visit the county town of Taunton or Clarks Village in Street.

As you travel through Somerset the cider orchards and farmers markets remind you that this is a county proud of its local produce. Sampling the delights is a must for anyone who loves good food and drink. Visit our county of contrasts for a holiday or short break and you will find a warm welcome waiting for you. After all, Somerset is the place where memories are made.

Whether it's a small meeting or a large conference, there are so many great venues in Somerset. Historic country houses, hotels, pubs, schools and bespoke conference centres, all offering something different but with one thing in common - excellent quality service.

You may be amazed at the sheer number and diversity of attractions in Somerset; from large venues like Butlins and Clarks Village, to historic attractions like Wells Cathedral and Glastonbury Abbey, to castles, houses and gardens, and fascinating museums like The Fleet Air Arm Museum, Somerset Rural Life and Bakelite, and a myriad of smaller venues for the young and not-so-young!

As Somerset is steeped in history and tradition, many events will give you a real flavour of life in Somerset in years gone by - with many traditions such as willow or cider making still alive and well today! Information Centres can provide a more detailed local list which will include smaller events, and they are a great source of advice and information to help you make the most of your time in Somerset. As well as these events, regular theatre listings can be provided by any of the theatres in Somerset. There are also two racecourses in Somerset, at Taunton and Wincanton where regular meets are held.

Somerset has sometimes been called a 'rural playground' and with so many great ways to enjoy the county and breathe in fresh air with superb views, this seems an apt description! Walking in Somerset is a joy, with several long and shorter distance trails to discover - walk in the footsteps of Coleridge or follow the meandering route of the River Parrett , or why not take a stroll around some very old English villages and towns. Cyclists of all abilities can explore the county and enjoy the contrasting landscape, some of the best mountain bike trails in the country can be found on the Quantock Hills, or the flatlands of the Somerset Levels and Moors offer a more tranquil ride.

Horse Riding is a popular pastime in Somerset and a great way to explore some of the more challenging terrain, or you could take a ride along one of the sandy beaches. For ideas on routes have a look at the PDF at the bottom of the page. Public Rights of Way - Please click here for an interactive map showing public rights of way and a reporting facility for any problems you may find along the way. For those looking for something a little more 'extreme' - why not try abseiling or caving at Cheddar Gorge, or Sailing at Wimbleball Lake on Exmoor, or even Jet Skiing at Burnham-on-Sea.

In the heart of the West Country and closer than you think, Somerset is home to some of the finest Coarse, Game and Sea Fishing in the whole of the U.K. Many national fishing competitions are held here, making it a must for anglers. For good weights of Bream, Tench and silver fish, the King Sedgemoor Drain (KSD), Huntspill River and the River Axe along with a good selection of commercial fisheries can offer you some very rewarding days. If you're after large Carp then Combwich Ponds, Durleigh reservoir and the River Axe amongst several others offer Carp up to 35lbs. If Pike fishing is your interest then the River Brue, River Tone and KSD have specimens up to 30lbs.

Excellent game fishing is available all over the County. Be sure to visit Blagdon reservoir for top quality Trout fishing, whilst a trip to Exmoor offers some excellent wild Salmon and Trout fishing on the River Barle and River Exe. Sea fishing in the Bristol Channel gives you a wide selection of fish including Flounder, Bass and Conger. Sea fishing in Somerset is available along the sea front at Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea or by chartering a boat for the day. Whatever type of angling you prefer, you'll be spoilt for choice in Somerset. This section provides an introduction to fishing in Somerset and lists a range of fishing waters, tackle shops and angling associations. Information is also provided on facilities for people with disabilities, licences, permits and close seasons.