What immediately springs to mind when you think of Somerset? Is it the stunning south-west views, the world famous cheese, or the ultimate Great British festival, Glastonbury?
If these are some of your favourite bits, you may be intrigued to know that many hidden gems feature in this glorious part of the country.
Take a look at some of the most impressive places to visit in Somerset, below.
Fleet Air Arm Museum
Are you a history buff? If so, then the Fleet Air Arm Museum, part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, might be worth a visit. This all-weather naval aviation museum is the biggest in Europe and includes some of Britain’s greatest ever jets: see one of Britain’s first concords, Concord 002, and marvel at the de Havilland Sea Vampire Mk1, the first ever jet aircraft to perform a deck landing on an aircraft carrier. Dazzling phantom strike fighters and Buccaneer strike bombers bring the excitement and get the adrenaline pumping.
Are you a fan of the theatre? You’ll love The Aircraft Carrier Experience, which showcases the museum through a series of live performances and real video footage. If you get peckish, visit the Swordfish restaurant or Warnefords café which are both located on site.
Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre
Situated in the stunning countryside of Somerset is the Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre. Be at one with nature and relax in the heights of Exmoor National Park with your new feathered friends. Horses, donkeys and ponies also amble around, ready to be fawned over.
Adults and children can enjoy the centre’s unique bird experience days, horse riding adventures and pony rides. After your day of fun, dip into the beautiful tea gardens and devour everything from fresh light lunches, to Somerset’s most delicious export, cream tea.
East Somerset Railway
A heritage railway based between Cranmore and Mendip Vale, the East Somerset Railway offers a truly relaxing and peaceful experience. Journey through the stunning countryside and take in the Mendip Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Making a day of it? Simply buy one ticket and ride the trains all day long!
Little ones can take a trip on the Miniature Railway with all the family in tow, whilst adults can experience the railway, quite literally, from the driver’s seat: memorable Steam Engine Driver Taster sessions and Footplate Courses are available for locomotive enthusiasts, and you can drive a train for just £10 on one of the railway’s special ‘Driver for a tenner’ days.
Showcasing a range of freshwater, marine and tropical species, the SeaQuarium Weston is not to be missed. With over 30 exhibits such as The Tropical Reef Tunnel, The Rainforest River Zone and The Underwater Ocean Tunnel, you will get to see some of the world’s most incredible creatures up close. Playful pufferfish, deadly piranha and blood-tingly sharks can be found gliding around in this fabulous exhibit.
Dive into this fun-packed family attraction and, if you’re brave enough, take part in one the centre’s Fantastic Phobias experiences. Discover the world of jellyfish, lizards and turtles and jump into the Ray Zone in the open ray exhibit. There is plenty more for you to see and do in the SeaQuarium; we’ve only scratched the surface!