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A Locals Guide To Somerset

If you're holidaying in Somerset and want to know where the hidden gems are in the beautiful county then read our thoughts below, avoiding the crowds and fitting in with the locals will ensure you have the best experience in Somerset.

Recommended Markets 

Somerset is well known for its local produce, from locally made cider to tasty cheeses. The county is well renowned for its farmers markets where you can find a wide range of produce, take some back to your holiday home and induldge in some delicious treats. 


Wells has been voted the 'Best South West Farmers’ Market’ and is definetly worth a visit when staying in the area. With over 50 stalls selling merchandise this long-established market has something for everyone. The Farmers Market in Wells is held every Wednesday and Saturday at the top of the high street near the stunning Wells Cathedral and Bishop's Palace. 


Frome is full of a fantastic range of shops, the town has a weekly traditional farmers market held at the Cheese & Gain every Thursday. If you happen to be staying in the area on the first Sunday of the month we would highly recommend that you visit the Frome Independent market. 


There is a weekday market held at the Green Park Station. In addition to the weekday market, there is also a Saturday Farmers’ market, a Vintage & Antiques market (on the last Sunday of the month) and a Flea market (on the first Sunday of the month).

Somerset Coastline

Somerset is a county that is full of contrasts but one thing it does offer tourists is its beautiful coastlines. There are plenty of beaches to choose from in North Somerset, we have listed our two favourites below.


One of the most popular beaches in Somerset is Minehead, this beach is a hot spot for those looking to swim or kite surf. 


The coastline in Brean is known as the second longest stretch of sand in Europe, this beach destination is very popular with tourists and offers sand dunes, horse riding and marsh land. Perfect for families on holiday in Somerset. 

Houses & Gardens

Somerset has some fantastic homes and gardens for people to visit, with some buildings dating back to the medieval period the below attractions will interest those looking for a day out with a difference. 

Clevedon Court 

Clevedon Court dates back to the 14th century and is surrounded by beautiful terraced gardens. Perfect day out for those that love history, with Eltonware pottery and collection of Nailsea glass on display. 

Montacute House 

This Elizabethan House has the longest gallery of its kind in the country, with 60 Tudor and Elizabethan portraits on display theres plenty to see and do. The gardens are spectacular and open for the public to walk around and explore. With plenty going on for younger children too its a great family day out. 

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