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Local Attractions for Cottages near Cheddar and Wells

Ash Tree Holiday Cottage is close to many places of interests  - Cheddar 5 miles: Wells 9 miles: Glastonbury 10 miles: Weston Super Mare 19m miles: Bristol 21 miles: Bath 30 miles. 

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Poultney Bridge Bath

Somerset's Bridgwater Carnival

Wells Cathedral

Somerset, gateway to the beautiful West Country of England, offers a wealth of attractions including Cheddar Caves and Gorge. The caves and potholes have weird and wonderful natural formations created by water dripping through the limestone of the Mendip Hills (An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). 

The cities of Bath, with it’s elegant Regency architecture, and Wells with its cathedral, are close by as are Glastonbury and Wookey Hole plus the popular Victorian seaside town of Clevedon. The historic city of Bristol is in easy reach and boasts a rich maritime heritage with a vibrant mixture of bars, clubs and cafes.

Some Day Trip Ideas from our cottage near Wells and Cheddar-

 

 Somerset -Myths, Legends, Cheese and Cider

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Somerset is a large rural county that offers a tremendous range of places to go and things to do &www.coates-willowbaskets.co.uk

 

See how Cheddar Cheese is made and visit the world famous Cheddar Gorge with its underground caves complex www.cheddarcaves.co.uk

After passing through Penniless Porch, view the stunning façade of the smallest cathedral city in England located in Wells. Then walk down the oldest continuously inhabited street in Europe  

Climb Glastonbury Tor for spectacular Somerset countryside views.

Visit Glastonbury Abbey where legends say that King Arthur is burried.

Spot the Witch of Wookey Hole. Then see the mill that produced paper for US Confederate banknotes issued at Richmond, Virginia in 1863 www.wookey.co.uk   

 

King Arthur Country

The West Country is at the heartland of the fabled King Arthur. From here legend tells about a great warrior-king who ruled England long ago from Camelot, where he held court amongst fair ladies and the heroic Knights of the Round Table.

Although the stories are fictitious, the likelihood is that at the core of them lie distant memories of a real man – a powerful war-leader of the Britons who railed against the invading Saxons during the 5th and 6th centuries after the Roman army had withdrawn and left the province of Britain to its own devices.

A number of enjoyable tours can be made of the Arthurian sites around the South West region of England.

A short ride to the north is the bustling city of Glastonbury, which has very strong links with the traditions of Arthur and the Holy Grail. According to legend, the founder of Glastonbury Abbey was Joseph of Arimathea, acclaimed as the man who took Jesus’ body down from the cross for burial. It was said that he bought with him to England the cup of the Last Supper, in which he had caught some of the blood welling from Christ’s wounded side. The Grail is said to lie deep in the Chalice Well, near to the base of the tall mound known as Glastonbury Tor, whose waters have a reddish tinge. Close to the foot of the Tor, Joseph thrust his staff into the ground and it miraculously took root and put out buds. It was the ancestor of the celebrated Glastonbury Thorn tree, which flowers every winter, around old Christmas Day in January. There is one of these trees in the abbey grounds today and one outside the parish church.  
 

Take a long stroll among the fantastic ruins of the Glastonbury Abby, and, if you’re lucky, sit in the old cookhouse and listen to the stories of a monk as he recites the daily toil of the Abby’s inhabitants in the 12th Century. In 1191, the Glastonbury monks, digging in their cemetery discovered what they maintained was the grave of King Arthur and his queen, the beautiful Guinevere. The bodies were afterwards reburied in a black marble tomb in the Abbey church in front of the high altar; this site is marked amongst the ruins today

 

One place closely connected in folk tradition with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is Cadbury Castle. Don’t be surprised to discover that this is actually not a castle at all, but rather a hill fort. In the 16th century it was identified as the site of Camelot, and there was a local belief that Arthur and his knights were sleeping inside the hill, ready to awake and ride out when England needed them.  

Archaeological excavations in the 1960’s revealed that during the period following the Roman withdrawal, fortifications at Cadbury were strengthened on a massive scale, unmatched at this time anywhere else in the country. Clearly Cadbury was the base of a formidable warlord with ample resources, men and money. Was he the original Arthur?

Close by is the little river Cam and the village Queen’s Camel – could these be names which recall Camelot?         

The Roman City of Bath

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The Roman City of Bath is a world heritage site. Because of this, it has a multitude of visitor attractions that can more than fill a full day’s visit.  

See how the Romans lived - tour the bathing complex built around a natural hot spring

Drink the spa water whilst listening to classical music from the Pump Room trio or quartet

Gaze at the resplendent fan vaulted ceiling in the 15th century Abbey

Stroll around the curved terrace of the Royal Crescent

Visit the Assembly Rooms - the heart of 18th century social activity in the City

Walk, like 'Beau' Nash, over the 18th century Pulteney Bridge lined with its tiny shops

Visit a host of museums and galleries - costumes, postage stamps, art, American life etc…

Let us book you into a production at the Theatre Royal with a pre dinner meal

Take tea at a quaint tea Shoppe dating to 1482, plus a great deal more…..

 

Bath is a compact city, so shopping and eating facilities are all close by, with most places an easy walk from the city centre.  www.americanmuseum.org.uk  & www.janeausten.co.uk 

 

Exmoor National Park

Exmoor National Park is an area of high wild moorlands grazed by both domesticated sheep and cattle and also by red deer. Within the park there is an abundance of wildlife & birds - from buzzards to skylarks. It is especially famous for its tough little Exmoor Ponies that roam free within the park. In fact, this is the area that inspired the story of Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore.  

 

The picturesque Woollen Yarn Market, the water mill and hilltop castle at Dunster  

     You could choose to visit the home of Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1797. This is where he wrote his famous The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Exmoor by the Sea

 

 

 

 

 

 Bristol A Voyage Of Discovery

In British history, Bristol has always been an important port.  With the harbour area at its centre, it remains the thriving commercial centre of South West England. A host of sights await visitors, many connected with old seafaring days. You may remember that John Cabot sailed from here in 1497 and discovered North America, naming it after his friend Richard a Meryck! What might you find is such an historic place? 

Walk the streets where men were press-ganged in centuries past (we will guarantee your safe  passage!)  

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Take a ferry tour to see the sights at water level. See the 17th century inn that gave inspiration to the novels Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island - The Llandoger Trow.  Take in a show at the oldest theatre in Britain dating to 1776 - a truly delightful experience at The Bristol Old Vic.  

 

Bristol is also famous for its connections with Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859). This great designer pioneered the building of the railway from London to Bristol and South Wales using wrought iron. He is also famous for building the magnificent Suspension Bridge that towers over the River Avon and for constructing the first transatlantic steamer SS Great Britain in 1837.  As a bonus, alongside is Matthew, a replica of the ship Cabot sailed in to the Americas - you just need to see it to wonder just how they survived that trip over 500 years ago! see www.at-bristol.co.uk & www.ss-great-britain.com 

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