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

Places to visit

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The library at Dunster Castle decorated for Christmas

Festive fun in and around Somerset this Christmas 

There's something for everyone in and around Somerset this Christmas including the return of the Lord of Misrule to Montacute House and Midwinter merriment at Barrington Court.

Christmas markets in Somerset

Father Christmas with a young girl

Places to see Father Christmas in Somerset 

Father Christmas will be visiting again this year. Find out where you can see him at a place near you.

Tyntesfield Wreath

Festive workshops at Tyntesfield

Whether it's a wreath for your own door or an unusual gift for a loved one, there are plenty of ways to get stuck in. There's wreath making, wood working and all sorts of new skills to learn.

Visitors at the front entrance which has been decorated for Christmas at Saltram, Devon

Find a place to visit 

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

Child at Dunster Castle, Somerset

Top Christmas days out in the South West 

Take a look at the top places to visit and festive experiences, from enchanted houses, to fairytale stories and handmade garlands.

Upcoming events

Prior Park Landscape Garden

Christmas trail

Sun 08 Dec 2019
This festive season there's a landscape-wide advent calendar to discover at Prior Park
Barrington Court

Jolly midwinter merriment

Sun 08 Dec 2019
The Court and formal garden will be sparkling and festive with music, dancing and activities for all. Enjoy the more relaxed ambiance on Fridays and Mondays, or family fun on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December.
Dunster Castle

A Christmas Castle

Sun 08 Dec 2019
Soak in the festive atmosphere and experience Christmas as the Luttrell family might have. See the ground floor rooms dressed to reflect some of their stories and enjoy live festive music on selected dates.
Coleridge Cottage

A Georgian Christmas

Sun 08 Dec 2019
Celebrate Christmas Georgian style, with garlands, spice bags, gingerbread men, and an open log fire

A handmade Christmas

Sun 08 Dec 2019
Visit the house this Christmas, beautifully decorated with handcrafted flowers, lights and trees which continue across the property. Enjoy a tranquil winter walk in the garden and spot the 12 days of Christmas handcrafted in wicker.
Dunster Castle

Meet Father Christmas at Dunster Castle - SOLD OUT

Sun 08 Dec 2019
This Christmas, why not pay a visit to Father Christmas at the castle and tell him your Christmas wishes.
Godo Christmas wreath

What's on 

There are hundreds of events happening across the South West, including markets, sleigh rides and carol singing.

Christmas crafts, archaeology and wildlife

A dog out for a winter stroll

Winter walks in and around Somerset 

We've put together some of our favourite winter walks - there are plenty to enjoy in and around Somerset.


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


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.