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

Montacute House (National Trust)

A masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, glow of ham stone, and its surrounding gardens it is a place of beauty and wonder. Don't Miss! Etched into the glass of a library window is a poem in Latin entitled 'Happy is the man'. It celebrates the divinity of … Continue reading Montacute House (National Trust)

Minehead Museum

Facing the West Somerset Railway and next to the seafront. The museum opened for the first time in 2014. Displays show the development of Minehead from earliest times, including the town's maritime history; how it became a popular holiday destination; aspects of Minehead life since Victorian times; the famous Hobby Horse, and notable resident Arthur … Continue reading Minehead Museum

Lytes Cary Manor

Roam the planned gardens of this 700-year-old manor house that was once home to the Elizabethan herbalist Henry Lyte. Discover the medicinal uses of plants and herbs. Did You Know? Henry Lyte created a plant directory in 1578 on which the borders of the garden are based on. Address Ilchester Road Charlton Mackrell Somerset TA11 … Continue reading Lytes Cary Manor

Glastonbury Abbey

There are many legends surrounding the once greatest and richest abbey in England. It is said King Arthur and Guinevere were buried at the site, and that Joseph of Arimathea planted the holy thorn nearby. Don't Miss! See the 500-year-old rare ecclesiastical robe found under a medieval pulpit in Othery. It would have been worn … Continue reading Glastonbury Abbey

Dunster Castle and Gardens

An ancient castle and comfortable country home with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens. Dramatically sited on a wooded hill, a castle has existed here since at least Norman times, with an impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower giving a reminder of its turbulent history. The castle that you see today became a lavish country home during … Continue reading Dunster Castle and Gardens

Dovery Manor Museum, Porlock

Explore this restored 15th century manor house nestled in the historic village of Porlock. It is home to a collection of local artefacts, photographs, books and tools from Porlock, Porlock Vale adjoining villages and communities. In addition, we have a themed exhibition, usually in the 'Solar', currently 'Farming through the year' This is a summer … Continue reading Dovery Manor Museum, Porlock

Dawe’s Twine Works, West Coker

Explore the only surviving rural twineworks with its original machinery in England. The site, which has origins dating back over 600 years, includes machinery and fittings and represents all stages of the manufacture and finishing of twine. We also celebrate Coker Canvas, the Royal Navy's premium sailcloth. New oak posts and the removal, after 10 … Continue reading Dawe’s Twine Works, West Coker

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

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)