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Somerset Countryside near Beach

Somerset Countryside near Beach

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Introduction

Somerset is located in South West England with boundaries to Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire. Somerset is the 7th largest county by area in England. A peculiarity with local government is that Bath and North-east Somerset is a unitary authority providing all local government services, and thus separate from Somerset County Council.

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Geography

Over half the National Park of Exmoor lies in Somerset and also hilly regions in the Mendips and the Quantocks. To the east side of the county there is much very flat land. Like Devon there are considerable areas given over to cider apples.

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Cities and Principal Towns

  • Taunton is the county town.
  • Yeovil
  • Bridgewater
  • Minehead

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Smaller towns and important villages

  • Wells
  • Glastonbury
  • Cheddar
  • Wellington
  • Shepton Mallett

Towns and villages in Exmoor will be found on that page.

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Sights and Activities

  • Chedder Gorge and caves
  • Wookey Hole - Spectacular caves and legendary home of the infamous Witch of Wookey!
  • Glastonbury Abbey
  • Wells Cathedral
  • Exmoor National Park

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Events and Festivals

The Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts, a world class event and probably England's biggest, takes place in June.

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Getting There

By Car

The main routes to and through Somerset are the M5 motorway, and the A303, A37, A38 and the A39.

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Quick Facts

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County Town
Taunton
Population
905,700

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