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)

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

Bishop’s Palace and Gardens, Wells

Bishop’s Palace and Gardens, Wells

The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and this stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy. Surrounded by a breath-taking moat (with resident swans!), visitors can cross a flagstone drawbridge, walk under the portcullis and experience a true hidden gem in … Continue reading Bishop’s Palace and Gardens, Wells

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