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Best Hotels in Somerset

Somerset Hotels

Somerset is home to some of England’s most beautiful scenery. The rolling, flower studded hills, and flourishing forests of Exmoor National Park attract outdoors enthusiasts, while the vast gaping chasm of Cheddar Gorge (and the nearby namesake village) is a must see for everyone. Coupled with a generous scattering of country pubs, bustling towns and enticing local shops, Somerset has a wealth of things to see, taste, and discover for visitors of all ages.

Things to see

If you’re visiting in the warmer summer months, then spending a day or so on the soft yellowy bronze sands of Minehead Beach is a must, especially if you’re with the kids. With a shimmering coastline that stretches for a mile, there’s plenty of space for elaborate sand castles, and lethargic sun bathing. Music fans, and history enthusiasts alike will want to pay a visit to the famous village of Glastonbury. While mainly known for its explosive summer music festival, the otherwise peaceful village is home to the impressive, crumbling cream arches of the Glastonbury Abbey ruins. These enigmatic, overgrown ruins provide an atmospheric setting for lazy mid-afternoon walks. Another famous location that’s not to be missed is Cheddar Gorge. The vast limestone gorge carves through the landscape, providing access to ancient caves that led to the discovery of Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton, thought to be over 9,000 years old.

Hotels in Somerset

As it encompasses a number of towns and villages, hotels in Somerset are both plentiful and varied. Generally, you’ll find that there’s a huge amount of bed and breakfasts, country inns, chain name accommodation and smaller hotels scattered along the winding country roads, and among the narrow streets of rural villages. Despite the sometimes isolated locations, almost all Somerset hotels will offer free WiFi access in public areas, with some extending this service to your room as well. Homely guesthouses will almost always include wholesome, full English complimentary breakfast you’re your room fee. Free parking for guests is also available at many locations.

Where to stay

If you’re planning on a fun filled beach holiday with the family, then you’ll want to find accommodation as close to Minehead Beach as possible. The North Road or Esplanade in Minehead is your best bet, as you’ll be moments from the crashing waves and salty air. Alternatively, if you’re main interests lie at Glastonbury (whether for the music or the history), you’ll find plenty of choice along Street Road and Bere Lane, both moments from the fresh greenery of the Abbey Park, and the ruins themselves. For ultimate seclusion mere moments from nature, accommodation just outside Axbridge is ideal.

How to get to Somerset

International visitors can reach Somerset easier than you might expect – there’s regular trains services that run from both London Gatwick and London Heathrow direct to Taunton. From here, you can catch connecting trains to reach other areas. Somerset as a whole is also well connected via National Express coach services that run to all the main towns in the area. Driving can be tricky thanks to the winding country lanes, but will provide you with greater freedom when visiting the area. Cycling can be hugely rewarding here too, and you can make good use of local bus services for larger distances.