With a recent survey suggesting West Somerset is the fourth happiest place to live in the whole of the United Kingdom, we’ve taken a look at some of the best things about the county of Somerset.
Wookey Hole Caves
Home to the legendary Witch of Wookey, the incredible Wookey Hole Caves are a must-see if you’re in the Somerset area with archaeologists claiming indicate man has lived in the caves for more than 50,000 years. Bones of tropical and Ice Age animals, such as rhinoceros, bear, mammoth and lion have been found in the Hyenas Den where packs of hyenas are thought to have pushed their prey over the edge and then eaten their remains. But it’s not all about history, horseshoe bats hibernate in the caves during the winter and the caves themselves are one of the Earth’s natural beauties.
Situated on a pier on the Weston-super-Mare seafront SeaQuarium Weston is home to an amazing range of freshwater, marine and tropical species from all around the world. Piranhas, sharks, puffer fish, lion fish and eels are just a small number of the incredible sea life you’ll be able to take a closer look at when you visit this amazing aquarium. Everyday there are also educational and entertaining presentations, touch encounters and fun, creative play sessions.
West Somerset Railway
Heritage steam and diesel trains fill the 22 mile long railway line, which is the longest standard gauge heritage railway in the whole of the United Kingdom. With Doniford Bay Holiday Park just a short walk from the Doniford Halt station there really is no reason to not get involved with this piece of Somerset history – but do be warned, it’s a request stop so you will have to put your arm out to signal the driver as if you’re waiting for a bus!
England’s largest gorge at almost 400 feet deep and three miles long is one of the most spectacular sights in the county. It is believed to have formed during the last Ice Age more than a million years ago when ice glaciers began to melt with the The Cheddar Yeo River making its way underground creating the caves which can be seen today. Cheddar Gorge is also home to Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton ‘Cheddar Man’ who is thought to have suffered an extremely violent death.
As one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK, the Roman Baths attract around one million visitors a year and as recently as 2011 underwent a £5.5 million redevelopment. Its four main features include the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and finds from Roman Bath. Your journey around the baths will introduce you to Roman Britain and the town of Aquae Sulis, that grew up in a bend in the river, around the hot springs.
Exmoor National Park
This is one of the most incredible areas of landscape in the country ranging from woodlands to valleys and farmland. Whether you fancy some exercise or a relaxing walk with beautiful sights, the Exmoor National Park will amaze you and you might even be able to catch a glimpse of wild red deer or iconic Exmoor ponies.
The North Somerset Butterfly House
If seeing a butterfly flutter past you doesn’t make you smile, then I don’t know what will. And at The North Somerset Butterfly House you can be surrounded by these beautiful, delicate, colourful creatures. The insects fly in and out of the wonderful foliage and if you get lucky they may even get up close and personal with you in this unmissable tropical paradise.
And of course…hello GLASTONBURY!
Who couldn’t forget the simply amazing five-day musical festival Glastonbury, near the small village of Pilton, which has been held for the past 45 years and now regularly welcomes 175,000 people to see the best rock, pop and indie acts from all over the world. Musicians such as David Bowie, Sir Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Oasis and the Arctic Monkeys have all graced the now famous Pyramid stage.