Historic places to visit in Somerset

Wells Cathedral

Cathedral Green
Wells BA5 2UE


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


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


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


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


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.