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Fleet Air Arm Museum                                   Yeovilton, Ilchester                         www.fleetairarm.com
The Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton has the largest collection of Naval Aircraft anywhere in Europe.  You can go on board the first British built Concorde and be 'transported' by a simulated helicopter flight to the replica of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal.  You'll experience the thrills and sounds of a working flight deck and even see a nuclear bomb!
Directions:  7 miles from Yeovil, located on the B3151, just off the A303 near Ilchester.

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 East Lambrook Manor Garden                 East Lambrook, South Petherton           www.eastlambrook.com  
This internationally famous Grade I Listed ‘English Cottage Garden’ was designed by the late Margery Fish, who’s wonderfully informal style dramatically influenced gardening in the 21st century.  Her magical creation here at East Lambrook Manor still houses the Margery Fish Plant Nursery and an extensive collection of hardy geraniums, while the 17th century Malthouse is the location for a multi award winning tea shop serving lunches and teas every day.
Directions: 
3 minutes off A303, signposted at South Petherton, follow brown signs to East Lambrook.

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Avalon VineyardShepton MalletVineyard
All organic Produce; English white wine, different fruit wines and liqueurs. Also draught cider. All grown and made at vineyard. Free to visit and taste!

Barrington CourtBarrington, IlminsterGardens
An enchanting series of small gardens, inspired by Gertrude Jekyll. Wonderful walled kitchen garden and empty Tudor Manor House.

Blake MuseumBridgwaterMuseum
Museum of local history and archaeology in supposed birthplace of Robert Blake (1598 - 1657). Exhibits about Blake, the Battle of Sedgemoor, maritime and Carnival, maritime.

Brean DownBreanCoast
One of the most striking landmarks of the Somerset coastline, Brean Down projects dramatically into the Bristol Channel. Offering magnificent views for miles around, it is rich in wildlife and history; an ideal place to explore. The Palmerston Fort, built 1865, provides a unique insight into Brean's past.

Brean Leisure ParkBreanTheme Park
South West's largest Fun Park with over 30 rides and attractions! Swimming pool, 18 hole golf course, live entertainment and all opposite Brean's sandy beaches.

Butter CrossDunsterAncient Monument
The transplanted stump of a medieval stone cross, once a meeting place for butter-sellers.

Cleeve AbbeyWashfordAbbey
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. Visitors today can catch a glimpse of monastic life 800 years ago; although the abbey church was destroyed by Henry VIII during the dissolution in 1536, the cloister buildings including the gatehouse, 15th century refectory with its glorious angel roof and 13th century heraldic tiles have survived remarkably intact. The great dormitory is one of the best examples in the country, and an exhibition and virtual tour tells the story of the abbey and daily life for the holy men that once inhabited it.

Clevedon CourtClevedonHistoric House
Home to the lords of the manor of Clevedon for centuries, the core of the house is a remarkable survival from the medieval period. The house was purchased by Abraham Elton in 1709 and it is still the much-loved family home of his descendants today.

Coleridge CottageNether Stowey, BridgewaterHistoric House
Discover the former home of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who lived in the cottage for three years from 1797. It was here that he wrote The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Frost at Midnight and Kubla Khan. Mementoes of the poet can be seen here.

Dunster CastleDunster, Nr MineheadCastle
Dramatically sited on a wooded hill, a castle has existed here since at least Norman times, with an impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower giving a reminder of its turbulent history. Home of the Luttrell family for more than 600 years, the present building was remodelled in 1868–72 by Antony Salvin. The fine oak staircase and plasterwork ceiling he adapted can still be seen. Visitors can relax on the sunny sheltered terrace, which is home to a variety of subtropical plants and the National Collection of Strawberry Trees.

Dunster Working WatermillDunster, Nr MineheadMill
A restored 18th-century watermill built on the site of a mill mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086.

English HurdleStoke St GregoryCraft Workshop
We grow willow and make willow hurdles, arbours, plant climbers and arches.

Forde Abbey & GardensNr ChardHouse and Garden
Beautiful medieval house surrounded by 30 acres of award winning gardens including England’s highest powered fountain. Delightful tearoom, plant centre, gift shop and pottery exhibition.

Fyne CourtBroomfield, BridgewaterNature Reserve
A real hidden Somerset gem, back under Trust management. Originally designed as the pleasure grounds of the Crosse family and the pioneer 19th-century electrician Andrew Crosse. Spend a magical day walking through the woodland garden, before meandering through bluebell-filled copses and the delightful meadows on the wider estate

Gallox BridgeDunsterBridge
This ancient stone bridge - originally 'gallows bridge'- once carried packhorses bringing fleeces to Dunster market.

Glastonbury TorGlastonburyCountryside
The dramatic and evocative Tor dominates the surrounding countryside and offers spectacular views over Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. At the summit of this very steep hill an excavation has revealed the plans of two superimposed churches of St Michael, of which only a 15th-century tower remains.

Glastonbury TribunalGlastonburyHouse
A fine, late 15th-century stone town house, with an early Tudor façade and panelled interiors. Now contains a Tourist Information Centre and the Glastonbury Lake Village Museum.

Helicopter Museum, TheWeston-Super-MareAviation Museum
The worlds largest helicopter collection and Weston-Super-Mare's premier all weather attraction. Collection includes a Russian gunship, Vietnam veterans and the Queens helicopters.

King John's Hunting LodgeAxbridgeHistoric Building
This early Tudor timber-framed wool merchant's house (circa 1500) provides a fascinating insight into local history. Its strong medieval character is enhanced by the appearance of arcaded stalls opening onto the street on the ground floor (recreated by the National Trust during the building's restoration).

Lytes Cary ManorNr Charlton Mackrell, SomertonHouse and Garden
Intimate Manor house with 14th Century Chapel and 15th Century Great Hall. Beautiful formal gardens in ‘Arts and Crafts’ style with herbaceous borders and topiary.

Meare Fish HouseGlastonburyOther Building
The only surviving monastic fishery building in England, this housed the Abbot of Glastonbury's water bailiff and provided facilities for fish-salting and drying.

Montacute HouseMontacuteHistoric House
Montacute House is a magnificent, glittering mansion, built in the late 16th century for Sir Edward Phelips. There are many renaissance features, and the Long Gallery, the longest of its kind in England, displays over 60 of the finest Tudor and Elizabethan portraits from the National Portrait Gallery collection. The state rooms display a fine range of period furniture and textiles, including samplers from the Goodhart collection. Montacute's formal gardens are perfect for a stroll and include a collection of roses, mixed borders and famous wobbly hedges.

Muchelney AbbeyLangportCathedral - Abbey
Muchelney Abbey, which lies 2 miles south of Langport, was once a landmark in the Somerset Levels and still has much to offer its visitors – history lovers in particular will enjoy this fascinating site. It was once a wealthy Benedictine house and the second oldest religious foundation in Somerset, but as part of the dissolution the abbey’s principal buildings were demolished by Henry VIII in 1538. Visitors can still see the clearly laid out foundations of the abbey, parts of the richly decorated cloister walk and thatched monks’ lavatory- the only one of its kind in Britain. The 16th century abbots’ house remains intact with its magnificent rooms, and site finds are on display illustrating monastic life.

Nunney CastleNr FromeCastle
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.

Priest's House Muchelney, LangportHouse
This medieval hall-house, built in 1308 for the parish priest, has been little altered since the early 17th century.

Sir Bevil Grenville`s MonumentNr BathMonument
Erected to commemorate the heroism of a Royalist commander and his Cornish pikemen at the Battle of Lansdown, 1643.

Stanton Drew Circles and CoveStanton DrewAncient Monument
Though the third largest collection of prehistoric standing stones in England, the three circles and three-stone 'cove' of Stanton Drew are surprisingly little-known. Recent surveys have revealed that they were only part of a much more elaborate ritual site.

Stembridge Tower MillHigh HamMill
Built in 1822, this is the last remaining thatched windmill in England – the last survivor of five in the area.

Stoke-sub-Hamdon PrioryStoke-sub-HamdonOther Building
The priests who lived here served the Chapel of St Nicholas (now destroyed). The Great Hall is open to visitors.

Stoney Littleton Long BarrowStoney LittletonAncient Monument
One of the finest accessible examples of a Neolithic chambered tomb, with its multiple burial chambers open to view.

Tintinhull GardenTintinhull, YeovilGarden
Created last century around an attractive 17th-century manor house, this is one of the most harmonious small gardens in Britain. It features secluded lawns, small pools and colourful borders. There is also an attractive kitchen garden, woodland walk and orchard to explore. Even the car park is set among picturesque orchards and you won't fail to miss the geese grazing in the paddock.

Treasurer's HouseMartockHistoric House
Medieval house with Great Hall, completed 1293 with kitchen added 15th century. Solar Block contains an unusual wall-painting.

Tyntesfield WraxallHistoric House
Whether you're visiting for the first time, or coming back to see the progress, you'll be amazed by this unique conservation project. Saved for the nation in 2002, this spectacular Victorian house and gardens were created by the Gibbs family. As work continues to conserve the estate for the future, you can learn from specialist craftsmen, climb the viewing tower to see the roof repairs or explore the beautiful gardens and woodland. From re-roofing to rolling carpets, your visit to Tyntesfield offers you the chance to be up close with the restoration of this unique Victorian estate.

West Pennard Court BarnWest Pennard, Nr GlastonburyHistoric Building
15th-century barn with an unusual roof and an upper floor of compacted earth.

Yarn MarketDunsterOther Building
This fine 17th century timber-framed octagonal market hall is a monument to Dunster's once-flourishing cloth trade.


 
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Almshouse, TheAxbridge
Alstone Wildlife ParkHighbridge
Animal Farm Adventure CentreBurnham on Sea
Axbridge and District MuseumAxbridge
Bakelite MuseumWilliton
Bath and West ShowgroundShepton Mallet
Bishop's PalaceWells
Blackswan ArtsFrome
Blagdon LakeBlagdon
Brean Down Bird GardenBrean
Bridgwater Arts Centre Bridgwater
Bridgwater Tourist Information CentreBridgwater
British Bear CollectionBanwell
Burcott MillWookey
Burnham-on-Sea Tourist Information CentreBurnham on Sea
Butlins Entertainment ResortMinehead
Cannington College Heritage GardensBridgewater
Cannington Countryside Visitors CentreBridgewater
Castle Cary and District MuseumCastle Cary
Chalice WellGlastonbury
Chard & District MuseumChard
Chard Tourist Information CentreChard
Cheddar Caves and GorgeCheddar
Cheddar Gorge Cheese CompanyCheddar
Cheddar Tourist Information CentreCheddar
Chew Valley LakeChew Stoke
Chewton Cheese DairyChewton Mendip, Nr Bath
Church of St. John the BaptistAxbridge
Clarks VillageStreet
Combe Sydenham Hall and Country ParkTaunton
Cothay Manor & GardensWellington
Cricket St Thomas Wildlife ParkNr Chard
Dillington HouseIlminster
Dunkery VineyardWootton Courtenay
Dunster Dolls MuseumDunster, Nr Minehead
East Somerset RailwayShepton Mallet
Exmoor Falconry and Animal FarmAllerford
Exmoor National ParkDulverton
Ferne Animal SanctuaryChard
Frome MuseumFrome
Frome Tourist Information CentreFrome
Gants MillBruton
Gaulden Manor & GardensTaunton
Glastonbury AbbeyGlastonbury
Glastonbury Lake Village MuseumGlastonbury
Glastonbury StoryGlastonbury
Grand PierWeston-Super-Mare
Haynes Motor MuseumSparkford
Hestercombe GardensCheddon Fitzpane, Taunton
High ActionChurchill
Hinkley Point A Visitor CentreNr Cannington, Bridgewater
Holnicote EstateSelworthy, Minehead
Home FarmBlue Anchor
Hornsbury MillEleighwater, Chard
HorseworldWhitchurch
Kelways Plant Centre and Cottage GardenLangport
KidscoveWeston-Super-Mare
Ks Entertainment CentreMinehead
Langport and River Parrett Visitor CentreLangport
London Cigarette Card CompanySomerton
Makers Contemporary CraftTaunton
Memorial Theatre Complex, TheFrome
Merlin Theatre, TheFrome
Michael Coopers StudioStreet
Middlemoor WaterparkWoolavington
Minehead Tourist Information CentreMinehead
Montacute TV & Radio Memorabilia MuseumMontacute
Moorlynch VineyardMoorlinch
Museum of Pagan Heritage, TheGlastonbury
Museum of South SomersetYeovil
National Animal Welfare TrustLangport
Peat Moors Visitor CentreNr Glastonbury
Perrys Cider MillsDowlish Wake
Podimore Tourist Information CentrePodimore
QuintessenceFrome
SeaQuariumWeston-Super-Mare
Secret World-Badger and Wildlife Rescue CentreHighbridge
Sheppys Cider Farm CentreTaunton
Shoe MuseumStreet
Somerset County MuseumTaunton
Somerset DistilleryMartock
Somerset Guild of CraftsmenMartock
Somerset Rural Life MuseumGlastonbury
Taunton Tourist Information CentreTaunton
Temple of HarmonyGoathurst
Time Machine MuseumWeston-super-Mare
Tommy Taylor's Family Fun CentreTaunton
Tropiquaria Wildlife ParkWatchet
Wells CathedralWells
Wells MuseumWells
Wells Tourist Information CentreWells
West Somerset RailwayMinehead
West Somerset Rural Life MuseumAllerford
Weston Miniature RailwayWeston-Super-Mare
Weston-Super-Mare AquariumWeston-Super-Mare
Weston-Super-Mare Tourist Information CentreWeston-Super-Mare
Westonzoyland Pumping MuseumTaunton
Williton PotteryWilliton
Willows & Wetlands Visitor CentreNr Taunton
Wimbleball LakeDulverton
Wookey Hole Caves & PapermillNr Wells
Yeovil Community Arts CentreYeovil

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