Local Attractions “Someset is full of hidden treasures…”
This wonderful leaflet describes the nine nationally recognised premier gardens to visit in South Somerset. Click on the link below to go through to the Classic Gardens website.
Forde Abbey. A fascinating and historic house surrounded by 30 acres of glorious gardens, and now including the spectacular Centenary Fountain- England’s tallest powered fountain.
Hestercombe. These famous Edwardian gardens were designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and cover more than 40 acres, with three different styles of garden, there is always something different to see whatever the season and whatever the weather. To complement the formal garden there are also woodland walks, beautiful lakes and ponds, stunning stonework, dry stone walling and beautiful plants. Located near Taunton there are also wonderful views across the vale of Taunton and the Blackdown Hills.
Lower Severalls- Located near Crewkerne the garden is basically an informal design garden with an emphasis on soft landscaping. There are some original ideas to be found here and although it is a large garden now, it is indeed inspirational and easy for the visitor to relate some of the ideas to their own garden. Alongside the garden there is also a plant nursery well stocked with herbs, herbaceous perennials and conservatory plants, many of which are not commonly found in garden centres.
The River Parrett Trail can be enjoyed as a 50 mile hike over 3 or 4 days or as a series of shorter walks exploring some of lowland Englands most beautiful, intriguing but also fragile countryside. Walk the gentle hills of Dorset and across the wetlands of the Somerset Levels & Moors, passing orchards, woods, withy beds and watery haunts of birds and fisherman, passing mediaeval churches and the rufuge of the Saxon King Alfred, until reaching the coast.
John Leach is the eldest grandson of the famous potter, Bernard Leach, and son of David Leach. See potters in action and browse through the wonderful shop and stunning art gallery. Click on the link below to go through to the John Leach website.
A chance to see a real working smokery and purchase products from smoked eel to smoked garlic and duck and many more delicious treats. Also enjoy a wonderful lunch in the restaurant using food straight from the smoker. Click on the link below to go through to the Brown & Forrest website.
Thorney Lakes and Caravan Park. Secluded lakes covering around 4 acres and are well stocked with a selection of coarse fish such as large carp. Along side their scenic caravan and camping park which is perfect for touring the Somerset Levels and Moors.
See a real distillery and cider farm in operation and taste a wide range of cider, apple juice and delicious apperatifs, many of which are sold at the world famous shop in London, Fortum & Mason. A real experience and not to be missed. Click on the the link below to go through to the Burrow Hill Cider Farm website.
Muchelney Abbey - for more information on this wonderful Abbey in the nearby village of Muchelney please visit
For more information on other attractions in Somerset
to go to attractions information on the BBC Somerset website
to visit the Garden Visit website, for more wonderful gardens to visit throughout the UK