About Historic Somerset

Watchet harbour, read its history in VCH Somerset volume 5

Is Somerset on your route to Devon and Cornwall or on your way to the airport or glimpsed from the M5 or the London train?

Why not stop off or stay awhile in our beautiful and fascinating county rich in heritage experiences, Cathedral, abbeys, churches, castles, country houses, town houses, ancient town centres, gardens, monuments, historic landscapes, steam railways, industrial sites, historic aircraft and boats, rich manuscript and library collections, a wide variety of museums featuring Somerset's people and history from cave dwellers to supersonic aircraft; Somerset has them all set in a beautiful landscape tapestry of villages and farms, wetlands and high moors, seascape and woodland.

The pages listed below provide ideas and useful information for exploring this historic county in addition to information about the Somerset Heritage Centre, the first port of call for anyone interested in learning more about Somerset's history.

Famous places of interest are often surrounded by equally interesting if less well-known places. Explore a little further afield. Montacute is more than the House, Dunster is not just the Castle and Yarn Market and Exmoor is a lot more than Tarr Steps.

If you love history and heritage leave the beaten track and discover North Cadbury church, Watchet harbour, Castle Cary museum, and Martock's Treasurer’s House. If you have been to Glastonbury why not explore Street with its exemplary workers’ housing and shoe museum.  If you are tired of Bath why not discover Frome with its historic streets of textile workers houses?

Perhaps you have visited some of these places and want to know more them or are planning a visit and would like some background information on their history? The volumes of the Victoria County History and additional information available on the websites will answer most of your questions and direct you to many other interesting places to visit.

If you cannot find what you want to know on this website try our new Explore site https://www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/explore or www.swheritage.org.uk or http://www.visitsomerset.co.uk