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
Poultney Bridge Bath
Somerset's Bridgwater Carnival
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-
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.
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and 6th centuries after the Roman army had withdrawn and left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.
number of enjoyable tours can be made of the Arthurian sites around the
South West region of England.
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.
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
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.
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?
by is the little river Cam and the village Queen’s Camel – could
these be names which recall Camelot?
Roman City of Bath
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.
how the Romans lived - tour the bathing complex built around a
natural hot spring
the spa water whilst listening to classical music from the Pump
Room trio or quartet
at the resplendent fan vaulted ceiling in the 15th
around the curved terrace of the Royal Crescent
the Assembly Rooms - the heart of 18th century social
activity in the City
like 'Beau' Nash, over the 18th century Pulteney Bridge
lined with its tiny shops
a host of museums and galleries - costumes, postage stamps, art,
American life etc…
us book you into a production at the Theatre Royal with a pre
tea at a quaint tea Shoppe dating to 1482, plus a great deal
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.
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.
Bristol A Voyage Of
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
the streets where men were press-ganged in centuries past (we will
guarantee your safe passage!)
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.
in a show at the oldest theatre in Britain dating to 1776 - a
truly delightful experience at The Bristol Old Vic.
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 &