Somerset

From Tudor houses and hidden gardens to tors, gorges and natural piers

Places to visit

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Summer inspiration in Somerset

Outdoor theatre in Somerset

View of Tintinhull House

Holidays in South Somerset

Extend your stay in South Somerset and rent a beautiful National Trust holiday cottage in the area.

Kingston Lacy in Wimborne, Dorset

Find a place to visit 

In the South West you're never far from a National Trust garden, house or countryside walk.

The Drake portrait

Sir Francis Drake comes home to Buckland Abbey 

This year the portrait of Sir Francis Drake, which belongs to the National Portrait Gallery, is at Buckland Abbey, offering a rare opportunity to see this wonderful Elizabethan portrait exhibited in his former Devon home.

Upcoming events

Stourhead

Masterpiece Tours

Tue 25 Jun 2019
10:00-13:00
See Stourhead’s masterpieces in a new light. Delve deeper into the connections between the collection and the landscape garden on this extended guided tour, showcasing the highlights of this magnificent place and enjoy delicious refreshments.
Montacute House

Hunt for the Were Rabbit at Montacute House

Tue 25 Jun 2019
10:00-16:30
Help Gromit find Wallace before the full moon rises again!
Prior Park Landscape Garden

'50 things' nature trails

Tue 25 Jun 2019
10:00-16:30
Pick up one of our new '50 things' activity cards from reception and test them out as you explore the garden.
Stourhead

Guided introductory walk

Tue 25 Jun 2019
11:00-12:30
Join this free walk to discover the genius of the place, and how one family has cared for and curated Stourhead for over 300 years, leaving a legacy that is enjoyed by thousands today.
Montacute House

'Elizabeth of Bohemia: the Winter Queen'

Tue 25 Jun 2019
11:00-16:00
The National Portrait Gallery's special exhibition will be 'Elizabeth of Bohemia : the Winter Queen' and will feature contemporary portraits of this fascinating woman and those connected to her.
Montacute House

Tottington Hall comes to Montacute House (24-30 June tickets)

Tue 25 Jun 2019
11:00-11:25
Montacute House was the inspiration for Tottington Hall - the setting for Wallace and Gromit's adventures in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
Solsbury Hill

What's on 

There are hundreds of events happening across the South West, including outdoor theatre, bee trails and book festivals.

Behind the scenes from experts

Dorset

Home to everything from an island, ancient coasts and hidden gems to a castle and Italian palace.

Wiltshire

World-famous gardens, villages and ancient landscapes, and some lesser-known gems can all be found in Wiltshire

Bath & Bristol

Magnificent houses, peaceful gardens, wooded trails and little-known treasures. See what the area around Bath and Bristol has to offer.