Somerset Visitor information
An Introduction to Somerset
Somerset is a historic and rural county in the South West of England is home to the famous Glastonbury Festival. It borders Wiltshire, the home of Stonehenge. It has been the site of many battles, and has many castles, the remains of which have survived to this day.
Things to do in Somerset
The county of Somerset is home to the Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole Caves. Visit the Norman built Dunster Castle or the Roman Baths are also a popular attraction. Glastonbury Abbey is the mythical burial site of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. Tynstefield is a gothic building and also National Trust property.
Getting to Somerset
From London and the East the M4 motorway, from the M25 links directly to Somerset. From the north of the country the M6 followed by the M5 provides the quickest route to Somerset. The main routes are the M5 which runs through Somerset, the A37 and the A39.
The county is served by an extensive rail network, which covers the whole region. The main railway routes stop at stations including Taunton, Exeter St. Davids, Plymouth, Truro and Penzance. From London the mainline stations of Paddington and Waterloo both offer quick and direct services to Somerset. The main train operator is First Great Western.
National Express coaches offer regular services to the main cities and towns in Somerset including Bath, Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth, Bodmin, Newquay, and Penzance. First run many of the public bus services.
The regions main airports are Bristol and Exeter, which are both within 2 hours of Somerset.