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Glastonbury Abbey East Somerset Railway Bishops Palace, Wells Street Shoe Museum
Somerset Lavender Wells Cathedral Spinning Wheel, Frome Museum Kilver Court Gardens

Museums, ancient buildings, beautiful gardens, caving & climbing activities, an Arts Centre, a Steam Railway and the Witch of Wookey Hole Caves. There are a wide variety of attractions and things to do in the Mendip area.

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Bishops Palace, Wells Bishops Palace Wells
The Bishop's Palace, protected by high defensive walls, a moat and gatehouse with drawbridge and portcullis, has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years and is probably the most perfect and complete surviving example of a medieval bishop's palace. The state rooms and gardens are open to the public on certain days. The swans on the moat ask for food by ringing a bell near the drawbridge.
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Black Swan Arts, Frome Black Swan Arts
A dynamic venue for contemporary arts and crafts with regular exhibitions. Our purpose is to provide an enriching and challenging arts experience for everyone. Our craft studios offer visitors the opportunity to watch crafts people at work and buy directly from them. Based in Frome.
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Burcott Mill Burcott Mill
Burcott Mill is a working water-powered flour mill, reconstructed by Devon craftsmen in 1864. There has been a mill on this site for over 1,000 years and few such watermills still operate commercially today. The Mill is open to the public for visits on Saturdays and Sundays from Easter until the end of September, 11am to 5pm. Admission charges apply.
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Caving, Charterhouse Centre Charterhouse Centre
An award winning outdoor and environmental centre with facilities for schools, youth, college, corporate, family and community groups. With on-site Nature Reserve with its wetlands, woodlands and grasslands, a climbing venue, several caves and numerous team-building challenges.
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Clarks Shopping Village, Street Clarks Shopping Village
Over 50 factory outlets from many major brand names in this purpose built shopping village in Street. Cafes, Children's Play Area and plenty of parking spaces.
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Downside Abbey Downside Abbey
The Abbey Church in Stratton on the Fosse is the largest of the neo-Gothic, post-Reformation Catholic churches in England, and is the focal point of a major Benedictine monastery and boys' boarding school.
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East Somerset Railway East Somerset Railway
Steam through the rolling Mendip countryside on a day out at the East Somerset Railway. Take a ride on one of our steam trains on the five mile round trip and travel back in time to the halcyon days of steam? Train rides · Engine Shed · Workshop · Museum · Cafe · Shop
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Farleigh Hungerford Castle Farleigh Hungerford Castle
A ruined reminder of an age when an English knight's home was his castle. The best days to visit are when there is a special event. English Heritage organise a great series of historical re-enactments, plays and fairs. Children will love the colourful knights and storytellers.
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Spinning Wheel, Frome Museum

Frome Museum
A fascinating collection of local artefacts and sources of information, ranging from the Horner family to glass negatives from Singers Art Metal works. It has a library, a collection of historic maps, photographs, and a range of local information leaflets and books. It has many artefacts on display, from the ancient quern to the Marston House Fire Engine, a great favourite with children.
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Glastonbury Abbey Glastonbury Abbey
The Abbey is set in 37 acres of beautifully peaceful parkland in the centre of Glastonbury. It is traditionally the first Christian sanctuary in Great Britain, visited, so legend has it, by Joseph of Arimathea. Whatever one believes the facts are that the ruins are unique, the grounds provide a spot of peace and tranquility, and if the weather is poor there is the new Visitor's Centre with award winning Museum which includes a model of the Abbey as it might have looked in 1539.
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Kilver Court Gardens Kilver Court Gardens
The Gardens were first created as a recreational space for the factory workers of Kilver Court in the 1800’s. In the 1960’s, they were restored and developed by the Showering family of Babycham fame, who commissioned George Whitelegg to recreate his Gold medal winning Chelsea Flower Show rockery garden within the setting. At the time, the garden was a bold and modern design statement. Since then, the Gardens have been a hidden secret for the past 25 years.
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Milton Lodge Gardens Milton Lodge Gardens
Located high on the Mendip Hills with panoramic views to Wells and its Abbey. The garden at Milton Lodge was conceived about 1900 by Mr Charles Tudway, the present owner’s great grandfather. During the first ten years of the 20th Century the sloping ground was transformed into the existing series of architectural terraces, specifically to capitalise on the glorious views of the Cathedral and the Vale of Avalon.
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Sheep at Norwood Farm, Norton St Philip Norwood Farm
An organic rare breeds farm in Norton St Philip. The farm is an ideal place to visit with small children, who will love the opportunity to feed the animals - buy a bag of feed for 40p at the entrance, and wander around the farm feeding the eager sheep and goats, who will come trotting to the fences to greet their visitors and daintily eat from the palm of their hands.
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Nunney Castle Nunney Castle
The striking and picturesque moated castle of Nunney was built in the 1370s by Sir John de la Mere, a local knight who was beginning to enjoy royal favour. Extensively modernised in the late 16th century, the castle was held for the King during the Civil War, but quickly fell to Parliamentarian cannon in 1645: not until Christmas Day 1910, however, did the gun-damaged portion of the wall finally collapse.
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Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury Rural Life Museum
In the old Glastonbury Abbey Farmhouse the social and domestic life of Victorian Somerset is described in reconstructed rooms and an exhibition which tells the life story of a farm worker, John Hodges, from the cradle to the grave. The14thC Abbey barn the farm buildings around the courtyard contain displays illustrating the tools and techniques of farming in Victorian Somerset. Unusual local activities like willow growing, mud horse fishing, peat digging and cider making are included.
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Somerset Lavender Somerset Lavender
We grow and harvest lavender for its essential oil on our farm. Discover the wonders of Lavender and enjoy the sight of the fields in full bloom. Find out how we plough, plant, weed, harvest and distil the essential oil. Based in the village of Faulkland, Somerset Lavender is open to visitors throughout the summer months.
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Street Shoe Museum

The Shoe Museum
The museum is in Street High Street and contains a collection of footwear from Roman times to the present day, together with some shoemaking machinery. There are shoes, buckles, fashion plates, showcards, hand tools, from many shoe brands, together with documents and photographs showing the history of the Clark family and its connection with the development of shoemaking in the 19th century in Street.
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Wells Cathedral Wells Cathedral
Wells Cathedral is the first English-built and designed example in the Gothic style, dating back to 1180. Its famous features include the spectacular West Front which looks over the Cathedral Green, unique scissor arches in the Nave, a panorama of The Last Judgement, the Chapter House and the 600-year-old Astronomical Clock.
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Wells Museum Wells Museum
Display of the past and present life of the city of Wells and the Mendip area including local archaeology, cave finds, and the Witch of Wookey Hole. Statutory from Wells Cathedral, sampler collection, geological collection, Roman lead ingots and a miniature antique shop. A varied programme of temporary exhibitions is run throughout the year.
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West Pennard Court Barn West Pennard Court Barn
15th-century barn in West Pennard with an unusual roof. Unusual upper floor made of compacted earth. A true pastoral idyll, surrounded by grazing meadows. Admission by appointment. Access by key, to be collected by arrangement.
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Wookey Hole Caves Wookey Hole
The famous caves and much much more. Monster Mill - Ice Age Valley - Pirate Golf - Circus. Britain's most spectacular caves and legendary home of the infamous Witch of Wookey. Revamped, restored and totally remarkable, the new Wookey Hole Experience is bursting onto the 2009 holiday scene in an explosive mix of...HISTORY,MYSTERY & FUN.
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Please check the town websites for attractions that we have not listed here.
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