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Somerset

From mansion houses and lush gardens to hidden gorges and eye-catching tors. There's something for everyone to enjoy on a day out in Somerset.

Places to visit

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Top places to visit in Somerset

Daffodils at Montacute House
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Montacute House 

A masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design, with towering walls of glass, glowing ham stone and surrounding garden. While the upper floors of the house will remain closed for 2024 there is plenty to see on the ground floor, and in the garden and parkland.

Somerset

Fully open today
Exterior view of Dunster Castle and Garden in Somerset
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Dunster Castle and Water Mill 

An ancient castle and comfortable country home with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens

Minehead, Somerset

Fully open today
Barrington Court White garden with spring tulips Jemma Marsh
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Barrington Court 

An atmospheric fragment of old Somerset; the estate is the vision of Colonel Lyle, with a glorious garden, farm buildings, orchards and a wider estate. Currently open weekends only until Saturday 9 March.

near Ilminster, Somerset

Fully open today
Daffodils at Lytes Cary
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Lytes Cary Manor 

An intimate medieval manor house with an Arts and Crafts-inspired garden.

near Somerton, Somerset

Fully open today
A view of Stourhead House with rhododendrons in full bloom during late spring.
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Stourhead 

A Palladian house and world-famous landscape garden bordering Somerset. A magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, a mystical grotto and rare and exotic trees are just some of the things to discover.

near Mere, Wiltshire

Fully open today
Tyntesfield House in Spring
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Tyntesfield 

An ornate Victorian Gothic Revival house with extensive garden and parkland, just a stone's throw from Bristol

Bristol, North Somerset

Fully open today
A visitor walking through the entrance into the Walled Garden at Fyne Court, Somerset
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Fyne Court 

A hidden gem in the heart of the Quantock Hills. Explore this wild garden and discover pieces of its history hiding in the undergrowth.

Bridgwater, Somerset

Fully open today
View of Palladian Bridge at Prior Park,  Bath
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Prior Park Landscape Garden 

Beautiful and intimate 18th-century landscape garden in Bath with one of only four Palladian bridges found in the world.

Bath, Somerset

Fully open today
Coleridge Cottage, Somerset, with cream walls, pale green window frames and doors, behind a low stone wall
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Coleridge Cottage 

Home of Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Bridgwater, Somerset

Fully open today
Wellington Monument, Somerset
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Wellington Monument 

A striking landmark recently restored, on the edge of the Blackdown Hills. Tours of the monument will resume in April - click on the button below to book. The countryside is open all year.

Somerset

Fully open today
Brean Down
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Brean Down 

A natural pier with dramatic cliffs and Victorian fort

Brean, Somerset

Fully open today

Castles and forts in Somerset

Discover an ancient castle with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens or explore an Iron Age hillfort repurposed to defend against a possible Napoleonic invasion.

A visitor standing on a platform overlooking Dunster Castle below through the trees, in Somerset
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Dunster Castle 

Explore 1,000 years of history at Dunster castle, from its collection of painted leather hangings – the only one of its kind in the UK – to its historic working watermill.

A winter view from Cadbury Camp
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Cadbury Camp 

Sweeping views can be found from the top of Cadbury Camp with buzzards circling overhead, amazing sunsets and a variety of fungi.

Brean Down
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Brean Down 

Uncover the secrets of Brean Down as you discover the site of a Roman temple and explore the Palmerston Fort.

Brean, Somerset

Fully open today

Coast and beaches in Somerset

Explore the Somerset coast from wide open beaches to high coastline walks with far-reaching views.

Bossington Beach, looking West on the Holnicote Estate, Somerset
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The beach at Bossington 

From Bossington hamlet on the Holnicote estate you can wander down to the pebble beach, where there's plenty of coastal wildlife to spot and far-reaching views.

Somerset

Fully open today
A view down towards Middle Hope beach in autumn
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Sand Point and Middle Hope 

The stunning stretch of coastline around Sand Point and Middle Hope sits north Brean Down. It's one of the most beautiful parts of North Somerset, with a natural pier into the Bristol Channel.

Brean Down
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Brean Down coast 

Toward Weston-Super-Mare you'll find Brean Down, a natural pier jutting out into the Bristol Channel.

Brean, Somerset

Fully open today

Reopening in spring 2024

View from the Fountain Garden to the west front of the house at Tintinhull, Somerset
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Tintinhull Garden 

A place of floral beauty, tranquility and innovation - a gardener's garden paradise. Tintinhull Garden will reopen on 29 March 2024.

Yeovil, Somerset

Fully open today

Outdoor activities in Somerset

Get active with outdoor activities at a National Trust place near you in Somerset

Three mountain bikers cycling through the woods with a dog, near Webber's Post on the Holnicote Estate, Exmoor National Park, Somerset
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Webber's Post 

Discover where to go for a run or take on a mountain bike ride.

Get involved

Expand your skills and meet new people when you volunteer with us. You’ll be helping to care for nature and history for many others to enjoy.

Visitors and volunteer in the Great Hall at Lytes Cary Manor, Somerset

Volunteering in Somerset 

Whether you help to look after one of Somerset's gardens, give your time to nature conservation or light up the stories of historic places for visitors, you'll find a rewarding role.

Visitors walking through Truckle Wood, Tyntesfield
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Supporter groups in Somerset 

Discover what you could get out of joining a supporter group in Somerset, and where your nearest is. Volunteer, meet up with like-minded individuals and enjoy a programme of talks and trips.

Sustainable travel

Looking for greener travel options to the places in our care in Somerset? Find out how you can travel by train, bus, bike or on foot.

Silhouettes of two mountain bikers riding near Webber's Post on the Holnicote Estate, Exmoor National Park, Somerset
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Sustainable travel in Somerset 

There are a number of sustainable options for travelling to and from the places in our care in Somerset, whether you’re looking to travel by train, bus, bike or foot. Here’s a little more information that can help you plan your visit.

Easter adventures around Somerset

Get ready to spring into action, it’s time for an Easter adventure at National Trust places in and around Somerset

Two young girls on the Easter trail at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire

Family fun in Somerset 

From rock pooling on beautiful beaches to exploring historic houses, there are plenty of places to enjoy a great family day out. .

Upcoming events

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Early Years Mondays 

Barrington Court, near Ilminster, Somerset

Fun and engaging activities for preschool-age children.

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22 Apr to 22 Jul 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
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Festival of Blossom at Tintinthull Garden 

Tintinhull Garden, Yeovil, Somerset

Visit the garden and immerse yourself in the wonderful beauty of nature emerging from dormancy.

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22 Apr to 28 Apr 2024
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11:00 to 16:00
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Nordic Walking with Go Nordic in Sedgemoor 

Dunster Castle and Watermill, Minehead, Somerset

Get outdoors this spring summer and discover Nordic walking against the backdrop of the castle.

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24 Apr to 3 Jul 2024
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10:00 to 12:00
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Nature Watch: Spring Blossom 

Selworthy, Somerset

Join in our Nature Watch celebrations in Blenheim Gardens, Minehead on Saturday 27th April 11-4pm, for a day of free nature fuelled activities.

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27 Apr 2024
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11:00 to 15:00
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Afternoon Tea 

Dunster Castle and Watermill, Minehead, Somerset

Relax with a delicious afternoon tea at the Watermill Tearoom.

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27 Apr to 30 Jun 2024
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14:00 to 15:30
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Behind the scenes: Attic Tours 

Dunster Castle and Watermill, Minehead, Somerset

If you've always wanted to see more of Dunster Castle, come on an attic tour with one of the castle's knowledgeable tour guides.

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8 May to 14 Sep 2024
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10:30 to 11:30
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West Wing Open Days 

Lytes Cary Manor, near Somerton, Somerset

Take the opportunity to explore the West Wing of Lytes Cary Manor - normally used as a holiday cottage and not open to visitors. It will be open Wed 8 & Thu 9 May 2024 Wed 18 & Thu 19 September 2024.

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8 May to 19 Sep 2024
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11:00 to 16:00
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Monthly Markets at Lytes Cary Manor 

Lytes Cary Manor, near Somerton, Somerset

Markets are being held at various times throughout the year with lots of unique and creative products available from local artists.

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11 May to 24 Nov 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
+ 13 other dates or times
Visitors walking among daffodils at Dora's Field, Ambleside, Cumbria

Where will you visit next?

Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.