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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.

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Top places to visit in Somerset

Chestnut tree and cedar lawn at Montacute House, Somerset
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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
A family looking in the pond in the Lily Garden at Barrington Court
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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
View of the house and Apostle Garden at Lytes Cary Manor
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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
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, tranquillity and innovation - a gardener's garden paradise.

Yeovil, 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 take place on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays - 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
A family group playing giant snakes and ladders on the Green Court in front of Dunster Castle

What's on this May half-term 

Find some family fun this half-term, from being a Ranger for the day at Barrington Court to crafting colourful birds at Tyntesfield.

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

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.

Upcoming events

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Spring colours: Family half-term trail 

Fyne Court, Bridgwater, Somerset

Follow Betsy Bee around the gardens on a hunt to find all the spring colours of Fyne Court.

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on
30 May to 2 Jun 2024
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10:00 to 15:00
+ 3 other dates or times
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Half term fun come out to play. 

Lytes Cary Manor, near Somerton, Somerset

Come and play croquet on the lawn or borrow a backpack for some active family fun.

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30 May to 2 Jun 2024
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10:00 to 15:30
+ 3 other dates or times
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May Half Term Trail 

Dunster Castle and Watermill, Minehead, Somerset

Step into the past and prepare for a great feast in the 1400s. Help find out more about the food and festivities needed for the big event!

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on
30 May to 2 Jun 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
+ 3 other dates or times
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Ranger activities at Barrington Court 

Barrington Court, near Ilminster, Somerset

Join in on our 'visiteering' activities with the Ranger team.

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on
30 May 2024
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11:00 to 15:00
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See and hear history come to life with the Taunton Garrison 

Montacute House, Somerset

Experience the sounds and smells of a historic military encampment.

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on
30 May to 1 Jun 2024
at
11:00 to 16:00
+ 2 other dates or times
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Visiteering at Dunster Castle 

Dunster Castle and Watermill, Minehead, Somerset

Join in with some fun volunteering tasks around the castle and garden. Help us with small jobs that have a big impact.

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on
1 Jun to 9 Jun 2024
at
10:00 to 16:00
+ 8 other dates or times
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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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on
1 Jun to 30 Jun 2024
at
14:00 to 15:30
+ 9 other dates or times
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Night at the Opera at Fyne Court 

Fyne Court, Bridgwater, Somerset

A fantastic opportunity to enjoy a night of opera in the Music Hall at Fyne Court.

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on
1 Jun 2024
at
18:00 to 20:00
Small girl running between conical topiary hedges in the Cherry Garden at Ham House

Where will you visit next?

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