Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre, Stoke St. Gregory

Discover the history and art of the traditional industry of willow growing and basket making in Somerset. Did you know? The Centre is owned by the Coate family, who have been growing willow on the Somerset Levels since 1819. Address Meare Green Court Stoke St Gregory Taunton Somerset TA3 6HY Telephone 01823 490249 Website http://www.englishwillowbaskets.co.ukContinue reading Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre, Stoke St. Gregory

Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum

Head for the imposing chimney stack of the pumping station rising out of the marshy Somerset Levels and find out how it has been possible to live and farm here for the past 190 years. The use of steam power on the Somerset Levels to reduce flooding and control drainage of the low-lying moorlands commenced … Continue reading Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum

West Somerset Rural Life Museum, Allerford

The Museum and Victorian School Room are housed in the old school at Allerford, leased to us by the National Trust. The school, built in 1821, was in use to 1981 and then, in 1984, it was reopened as the Rural Life museum. The museum collection was originally started through the efforts of the West … Continue reading West Somerset Rural Life Museum, Allerford

Wells and Mendip Museum

The museum is the gateway to Wells and the Mendips and includes a Visitor Information Centre. Wells and Mendip Museum tells the story of the Mendip landscape and its inhabitants, with a large collection of geological specimens, as well as archaeological and social history artefacts. Explore the diverse collection which includes fossils, medieval carved sculpture, … Continue reading Wells and Mendip Museum

Wellington Museum

Explore this small museum's displays on local cinema, industries and residents all housed within a 300-year-old listed building. Don't Miss! The beautifully crafted Armada money chest with an intricate lock mechanism that was used to hold money and documents. Address 28 Fore Street Wellington Somerset TA21 8AQ Telephone 07971 242904 Website http://www.wellingtonmuseum.org.uk Price Entry is … Continue reading Wellington Museum

The Museum of Somerset, Taunton

Housed in Taunton’s historic castle, the Museum of Somerset tells the county's fascinating story from prehistoric times to the present day. Within the 12th century castle walls you’ll find contemporary gallery spaces and great family visitor facilities, all situated within the vibrant town centre. With an amazing nine themed galleries, each with its own distinctive … Continue reading The Museum of Somerset, Taunton

Sheppy’s Cider Museum, Taunton

Discover how cider is made and learn more about a rural way of life. Our new House of Cider is home to the full range of Sheppy’s finest award-winning ciders as well as home-bred English Longhorn beef. Don't Miss! An ancient solid oak screw used for pressing apples. Once built into the structure of a … Continue reading Sheppy’s Cider Museum, Taunton

Frome Museum

See the history of Frome come alive! Discover the company that forged world famous statues, including 'Justice' (that sits atop the Old Bailey in London) and 'King Alfred' (in Winchester). Don't Miss! A rare Iron Age Quern stone used by people at Tedbury Camp, near Mells, to grind their corn for flour.  There is a … Continue reading Frome Museum

Cowbridge Sawmill and Forge Museum

Cowbridge Sawmill is situated in the village of Timberscombe, set in the midst of the beautiful Exmoor countryside. The first mill on this site dates from at least the 14th century when it produced flour for the local people. The amenity survived until the late 19th Century. In 1904 the mill was converted to a … Continue reading Cowbridge Sawmill and Forge Museum

Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC), Yeovil

Have you ever wondered where objects are stored? Visit by appointment to see anything from gloves, industrial machinery and paintings, to poison bottles and guns. Telling the story of Yeovil and South Somerset, CHAC gives you a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and explore a museum store. Traditionally Yeovil has had a rich … Continue reading Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC), Yeovil

Chard and District Museum

Artificial limbs and flying machines! Marvel at the work of Chard's early inventors and much more. Don't Miss! The "Chard's Famous Five" exhibit celebrating inspiring stories of people from Chard. Address Godworthy House High Street Chard Somerset TA20 1QB Telephone 01460 65091 Website http://www.chardmuseum.co.uk Price Admission charges apply Opening Times Open March to October Facilities … Continue reading Chard and District Museum

Castle Cary and District Museum

Discover what life was like in the town in the late 1700s through the writings of local diarist James Woodforde (1740 - 1803) who’s writings give a vivid account of the life of a rural cleric in the 18th century. View the writings and sketches of Douglas Macmillan MBE (10 August 1884 – 9 January … Continue reading Castle Cary and District Museum

Bruton Museum

We tell the story of Bruton’s past and present through the display of artefacts from the Jurassic, Roman, Saxon and medieval times, along with more contemporary displays.  Domestic objects,  20th century shoes, the unique sculptures of  WWII German refugee, Ernst Blensdorf and the writing desk used by the American writer John Steinbeck, who lived in … Continue reading Bruton Museum

Blake Museum, Bridgwater

Journey into the heart of Bridgwater, a historic market town and port, and discover more about its fascinating history. The building is said to be the birthplace of the 'Father of the Royal Navy' Admiral Robert Blake, one of the country's most important military commanders. The museum has much more on the history of the … Continue reading Blake Museum, Bridgwater

Bishops Lydeard Mill and Rural Life Museum

Visit a working watermill. Enjoy manikins depicting people milling and working at rural crafts. The museum is close to the West Somerset Railway, so why not arrange a double visit? Did you know? The waterwheel weighs over two tonnes yet can be turned from inside the mill using just two fingers. Address The Mill House … Continue reading Bishops Lydeard Mill and Rural Life Museum

Axbridge and District Museum (King John’s Hunting Lodge)

Axbridge and District Museum (King John's Hunting Lodge)

Tread the creaking floorboards of this 500-year-old Tudor building. Uncover hidden stories about the people of Axbridge and the surrounding villages, from early settlers to the present day. Did You Know? The carved king's head found in the museum probably dates back to the 1600s and is thought to have served as the inn-sign for 'The King's Head' tavern.   … Continue reading Axbridge and District Museum (King John’s Hunting Lodge)