American Museum in Britain

Claverton Manor
Bath BA2 7BD

americanmuseum.org

Founded in 1961, the museum has the finest collection of American decorative arts outside the United States. Displayed in a series of period rooms, the collection illustrates how early Americans lived between the 17th and 19th centuries.

Ashton Windmill

Chapel Allerton
Axbridge BS26 2PP

sedgemoor.gov.uk

This unique 18th century flour mill stands on the 'Isle of Wedmore", a ridge giving commanding views of Cheddar Gorge, the Somerset Levels and Brent Knoll. A windmill is mentioned on this site as far back as 1317.

Barrington Court - National Trust

Barrington
near Ilminster TA19 0NQ

nationaltrust.org.uk

Discover the haunting echoes of the past at Barrington Court, a Tudor manor house free from collections and furniture. Explore using your imagination and your senses to discover a house full of memories, where light fills the rooms and you feel you can almost touch the past. The property was saved from ruin and restored by the Lyle family in 1920s, when the court house resembled a barn rather than the proud manor house that it is.

Bath Abbey

Bath

bathabbey.org

Bath Abbey stands at the heart of the city of Bath. During the past twelve and a half centuries, three different churches have occupied this site: an Anglo-Saxon Abbey Church dating from 757, pulled down by the Norman conquerors of England soon after 1066; a massive Norman cathedral begun about 1090; the present Abbey church founded in 1499, ruined after the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 by order of Henry VIII, and completed in 1611.

Bishop's Palace, The

Wells BA5 2PD

bishopspalace.org.uk

More than simply an historic house and garden, this splendid medieval Palace has been the home of the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years. There are 14 acres of gardens including the springs from which the city takes its name. Visitors can also see the Bishop's private Chapel, ruined Great Hall and the Gatehouse with portcullis and drawbridge beside which the famous mute swans ring a bell for food.

Building of Bath Collection

The Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, The Vineyards
Bath BA1 5NA

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This unique collection interprets the rich architectural history of Bath and the men who transformed a provincial town into the world famous Georgian Spa. It demonstrates how classical design influenced the buildings and illustrates the construction of a house from the cellars to the rafters.

Cadbury Castle

South Cadbury
Yeovil BA22 7HA

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Cadbury Castle is an Iron Age hill fort in the civil parish of South Cadbury in the English county of Somerset. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and associated with King Arthur.

Cheddar Gorge - National Trust

Cheddar Gorge
Cheddar BS27 3QF

nationaltrust.org.uk

Cheddar Man Museum of Prehistory explores 40,000 years of British pre-history, with demonstrations of Stone Age survival skills and beautiful cave art.

Claverton Pumping Station

Ferry Lane Claverton
Bath BA2 7BH

claverton.org

The Claverton Pumping Station is a rare example of the technology of the Late Georgian - Regency - period. Built in 1813, the year Jane Austen published Pride and Prejudice, this amazing pump uses the power of the River Avon to lift water up 48ft into the Kennet and Avon Canal above. Burning no fuel and making no waste it is the ultimate in environmentally friendly technology.

Cleeve Abbey - English Heritage

Old Cleeve, Abbey Road
Washford TA23 0PS

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In Washford lies one of the undiscovered jewels of Somerset, providing an interesting day out for families and budding historians alike. The Cistercian abbey of Cleeve is a haven of peace and tranquillity, said to contain the finest cloister buildings in England.

Clevedon Pier

The Toll House, The Beach
Clevedon BS21 7QU

clevedonpier.com

Clevedon Pier is the only fully intact, Grade 1 listed pier in the country. The pier has been beautifully restored and provides a lovely day out for all the family.

Dunster Castle & Gardens - National Trust

Dunster TA24 6SL

nationaltrust.org.uk

Ancient castle with fine interiors and sub-tropical gardens. Dramatically sited on a wooded hill, a castle has existed here since at least Norman times.

Farleigh Hungerford Castle - English Heritage

Farleigh
Hungerford BA2 7RS

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In a picturesque valley of the river Frome, on the border between Wiltshire and Somerset and nine miles from Bath stand the remains of Farleigh Hungerford Castle. Started in the 14th century it still has much for the visitor to enjoy.

Glastonbury Abbey

The Abbey Gatehouse, Magdalene Street
Glastonbury BA6 9EL

glastonburyabbey.com

Extensive ruins set in 36 acres of parkland in the centre of the town of Glastonbury. The abbey is believed to be one of the earliest recorded Christian foundations in the land, and the burial place of King Arthur as well as three Saxon Kings.

Guildhall

Heritage Services, High Street
Bath BA1 1LZ

bathvenues.co.uk

There has been a Guildhall on the present site in the heart of Bath since Tudor times. The current building was built by Thomas Baldwin in 1775 with its imposing fa??ade it is a masterpiece of neo-classical decoration. It continues to house the Register Office, mayor's parlour and city archives.

Helicopter Museum, The

The Heliport, Locking Moor Road
Weston-super-Mare BS24 8PP

helicoptermuseum.co.uk

This unique collection of over 70 helicopters and autogyros forms the world's largest dedicated rotorcraft museum and the only one in the United Kingdom.

Herschel Museum of Astronomy

19 New King Street
Bath BA1 2BL

bath-preservation-trust.org.uk

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy celebrates the achievements of William and Caroline Herschel who were brilliant astronomers and talented musicians. It was from the garden of this house, using a telescope of his own design that William discovered the planet Uranus in 1781.

Jane Austen Centre

40 Gay Street, Queen Square
Bath BA1 2NT

janeausten.co.uk

The Jane Austen Centre at 40 Gay Street in Bath is a permanent exhibition which tells the story of Jane's Bath experience - the effect that living here had on her and her writing. Jane Austen is perhaps the best known and best loved of Bath's many famous residents and visitors. She paid two long visits here towards the end of the 18th century, and from 1801 to 1806 Bath was her home.

King John's Hunting Lodge - National Trust

The Square
Axbridge BS26 2WA

nationaltrust.org.uk

The museum aims to illustrate the history, geology and community of Axbridge and the surrounding area (the area of the old Axbridge Rural District Council, which included many neighbouring villages such as Cheddar, Wedmore, Mark and Winscombe).

Montacute House - National Trust

Montacute House
Montacute TA15 6XP

nationaltrust.org.uk

Magnificent Elizabethan stone-built house, with fine collections, garden and park. Built in the late 16th century for Sir Edward Phelips, Montacute glitters with many windows and is adorned with elegant chimneys, carved parapets and other Renaissance features, including contemporary plasterwork, chimneypieces and heraldic glass.

Muchelney Abbey - English Heritage

Muchelney
Langport TA10 0DQ

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Muchelney, the atmospheric and once-remote 'great island' amid the Somerset Levels, has many rewards for visitors. Beside the clearly laid out foundations of the wealthy medieval Benedictine abbey (and its Anglo-Saxon predecessor) stands a complete early Tudor house in miniature.

Museum of Bath at Work

Camden Works, Julian Road
Bath BA1 2RH

bath-at-work.org.uk

This is the fascinating story of a local family firm. Mr Jonathan Burdett Bowler started his business in Bath in 1872 He described his trade as engineer, brass founder, gas-fitter, lock smith and bell hanger.

Museum of Somerset, The

Taunton Castle, Castle Green
Taunton TA1 4AA

museumofsomerset.org.uk

An under-floor Plesiosaur, the largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain and a chilling recreation of the infamous Bloody Assizes - you'll find them all at the museum of Somerset. Set in the heart of Taunton, the museum of Somerset lies within the historic 12th century Taunton Castle. Collections: Amongst the treasures on display for the first time is the Frome Hoard, the largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in a single container in Britain, and which was saved for the nation following a national fundraising appeal. A shrunken head from South America and Judge Jeffreys' medical bill are a few of the many other exhibits to be discovered in the museum.

Nailsea Tithe Barn Trust

Nailsea Tithe Barn, Church Lane
Nailsea BS48 2BL

nailseatithebarn.co.uk

Nailsea Tithe Barn dates from 1480 and with Holy Trinity Church is part of Nailsea's historic heart. A school for over 200 years, it is now fully restored to its medieval origins. The vaulted ceiling, stonework and owl & putlog holes are beautiful features along with the modern facilities you need.

No 1 Royal Crescent

c/o 1 Royal Crescent
Bath BA1 2LR

no1royalcrescent.org.uk

No 1 Royal Crescent is a magnificently restored Georgian town house that creates a wonderfully vital picture of life in Georgian Bath. Built between 1767 - 1774 to the designs of the architect John Wood the Younger, the Royal Crescent is justly considered one of the finest achievements of 18th century urban architecture and represents the highest point of Palladian architecture in Bath. No 1 was the first house to be built in the Crescent and originally provided luxury accommodation for the aristocratic visitors who came to take the waters and enjoy the social season.

Prior Park Landscape Garden - National Trust

Ralph Allen Drive
Bath BA2 5AH

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One of only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world can be crossed at Prior Park, which was created in the 18th century by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen, with advice from 'Capability' Brown and the poet Alexander Pope. The garden is set in a sweeping valley where visitors can enjoy magnificent views of Bath.

Roman Baths

Abbey Church Yard
Bath BA1 1LZ

romanbaths.co.uk

Bath was founded upon natural hot springs with the steaming water playing a key role throughout its history. Lying in the heart of the city the Roman Baths were constructed around 70 AD as a grand bathing and socialising complex. Collections: Some of the best known finds from Roman Britain are to be found amongst the 50,000 objects in the Roman Baths Museum.

Saltford Brass Mill

The Shallows
Saltford BS31 3EY

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Saltford Brassmill is situated on the banks of the River Avon in the village of Saltford, 5 miles west of the City of Bath in the South West of England. The Brassmill is the only surviving building still with a furnace and working water wheel remaining from a group of 18th century mills making brass and copper goods in the Avon Valley between Bristol and Bath.

Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust Museum

The Railway Station, Washford
Watchet TA23 0PP

sdrt.org.uk

The museum contains relics from the former Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway, which ran from Bath to Bournemouth with branchlines to Highbridge, Burnham on Sea, Wells and Bridgwater until closing in 1966. Artefacts on show include station nameboards, lamps, tools, signalling equipment, tickets, photographs, handbills, rolling stock and steam locomotives.

Tyntesfield - National Trust

Tyntesfield
Wraxall BS48 1NX

nationaltrust.org.uk

See the spectacular Victorian Gothic house and chapel scaffolding free after extensive repairs and restoration works. Inside discover a family home lived in by four generations of the Gibbs family, all making their mark and never throwing anything away.

Wells Cathedral

Cathedral Green
Wells BA5 2UE

wellscathedral.org.uk

The present cathedral building was begun around 1175. It is one of the most impressive of the English cathedrals and has survived eight centuries with all its associated buildings still around it - the chapter house, vicars' hall, the cloisters and the unique vicars' close.

West Somerset Railway

The Railway Station
Minehead TA24 5BG

west-somerset-railway.co.uk

Our railway, a true country branch line of the old Great Western Railway is full of fascination whether you are looking for a nostalgic ride back in time through lovely countryside or to study the railway and industrial heritage which our line preserves. The historic steam locomotives, coaches and wagons, and the buildings of our ten unique stations linked by a twenty mile scenic journey will repay hours of exploration.

West Somerset Rural Life Museum

The Old School, Allerford
Minehead TA24 8HN

allerfordmuseum.org.uk

The Rural Life Museum is housed in the old Village School leased from the National Trust. It was a school from 1821 to 1981 and opened as the Rural Life Museum in 1983.

Weston-super-Mare Museum

Burlington Street
Weston-super-Mare BS23 1PR

westonmuseum.org

Family friendly museum featuring galleries of archaeology, social and natural history. The Seaside Gallery and unique Clara's Cottage make up the static displays. Collections: archaeology of North Somerset, including Worlebury Iron Age hill fort. Social history of North Somerset: local industries including royal potteries, seaside holidays, costume and domestic life.

Westonzoyland Pumping Station

Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum, Hoopers Lane, Westonzoyland, nr Bridgwater, Somerset
Westonzoyland TA7 0LS

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Westonzoyland Pumping Station is one of Somerset's smallest and most isolated museums, housing a fascinating collection of stationary steam-powered engines including a restored and working 1861 Easton & Amos land drainage machine. The original pumping house is a Grade 2* listed building, built in 1830 and still in need of restoration. The museum holds steaming days every month during the tourist season.

Yeovil Railway Centre

Yeovil Junction Station Stoford
Yeovil BA22 9UU

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Heritage railway centre with original Southern Railway 70ft turntable. Visitors can see main line steam turned and serviced from special viewing platform.