Why not include a visit to The Museum of Somerset while you are in Taunton. They have different exhibitions and regular activities for toddlers and families as well as a monthly talk and tea session. Click here for details
In the heart of England's smallest city, rests the medieval church of St Andrew ... better known as Wells Cathedral. Built between 1175 and 1490, this moderatly sized cathedral, is the seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells and Mother Church of the Diocese (containing the Bishop's throne). It has been described as being "unquestionably one of the most beautiful" and "the most poetic" of the English Cathedrals.
The architecture is stunning, both inside and out, containing the biggest collection of medieval glass in the country, whilst some of it's detailed stone carvings, along with other exceptional fittings and sculptured monuments are centuries old.
Originally Cheddar village was home to a Saxon Palace, for the Kings of Wessex, resulting in an attractive and historic, 15th century medival cross and minster church. Nowadays it is more known for it's remarkable twisting limestone gorge (the largest in the country), with the tallest inland, limestone cliffs and the countries, largest undergound river. Fabulous footpath walks, reward you with stunning views over the gorge itself and the mendip hills. Both are classed as Area's of Outstanding Natural Beauty. On your day out in Cheddar Gorge, there are two caves to explore, with majestic dripping stalactites, an assortment of walks to discover, a museum and a variety of tea rooms and unique, independant gift shops. For the more adventurous, there is Jacobs Ladder with it's 274 steps up, rock climbing, caving, exhibitions and open top bus rides. Don't forget to watch how the famous Cheddar Cheese is made!
King John's Hunting Lodge in Axbridge, Somerset, is located on the outskirts of Cheddar. The old wool merchants house was built c14.60 and is situated on a corner of the historic town square. The jettied timber framed, three storied, tudor building, has served many purposes over the centuries, finally being bequeathed in 1971 to the National Trust, who under took the necessary remedial works to preserve it. It is now run as a local history museum.