The Local Area

Historic Sites

So much history, and so many stories are buried within the charming towns, cities, coastlines and countryside that surround us at Cosy Barn. From museums, to National Trust sites, ancient cities, and remains of the Roman Empire; there is so much to see… The question is, where do you start? We’d suggest starting at Somerset Museum, as its only a mile and half away. After that, we recommend visiting Dunster Castle, Glastonbury Tor, the ancient City of Wells, the Roman baths, and Cheddar Gorge… We told you there was plenty to see! 

Dunster Castle

The historic castle, watermill and gardens of Dunster are only 23 miles away from us at Cosy Barn, and serve as a fantastic day out for anyone visiting Somerset. Explore the fully restored 18th-century watermill, as well as the surrounding rivers and woodland. After that, take a stroll through the stunning River Gardens which are overlooked by Dunster Castle, and take a break in the on-site tea-room where you can enjoy drinks, cakes, ice creams and light refreshments. Keep an eye out for their busy calendar of events and talks also. 

Photo credit: Exmoor National Park

Glastonbury Tor

You may have spotted this well-loved Somerset landmark from the motorway if you’ve visited the South West before, but if you haven’t already visited… we highly recommend it! With so many myths and legends to discover, Glastonbury Tor is one of the most spiritual sites in the country, with its pagan values still celebrated today! As well as all the history to uncover such as executions and 15th century church remains, the tor is also a fantastic spot for walking and picnics. With incredible views over the Isle of Avalon, Glastonbury and Somerset, this a charming spot to stop by with the family! 

Roman Baths

The charming city of Bath is Somerset’s largest city, and with so much charm and history to discover; it’s well worth a visit! But one place we can’t fail to mention is the world-famous site of The Roman Baths. Constructed around 70AD as a bathing and socialising complex, the Roman Baths is one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world, and is still full of 1,170,000 litres of steaming spring water which attracted the Romans to the city all those centuries ago. Tour prices for adults start at £17, and £9.50 for children. Be sure to pick up an audioguide to listen to the fascinating commentary as you amble around this incredible site. 

City of Wells

The medieval city of Wells is packed full of stunning architecture and monuments, heritage, culture, independent shops, and markets… all just waiting to be discovered! With over 300 listed buildings, stroll through the cobbled streets and absorb all the history, pop in to local shops to see the local crafts and arts on offer, and try the region’s traditional food and drink in the many cafes, pubs and tearooms. Spots you must visit include the famous West Front of Wells Cathedral, Vicar’s Close (one of the oldest inhabited streets in Europe), Wells and Mendip Museum, and the regular festivals that celebrate local culture and put Wells on the map!

Cheddar Gorge & Wookey Hole

Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the foot of the Mendip Hills, Cheddar Gorge is a haven for climbers and hikers, as well visitors on the hunt for some breathtaking scenery. If you’re a sporty type, then there are so many different bouldering challenges and walking routes to explore; all offering incredible views of Somerset. Just 8 miles away from Cheddar Gorge is Wookey Hole, a historic village that boasts a famous network of caves, caverns and attractions. Fun for all the family, and an ideal activity on a rainy day, we highly recommend dropping in to Wookey if you’re around the Mendip Hills!

Museum of Somerset and Taunton Castle

Sitting in the heart of Taunton just over 1 mile away, The Museum of Somerset lies within the 12th century walls of Taunton Castle, and serves as a perfect day out on a rainy day. Travel back in time to prehistoric Somerset and learn all about the history, geology, and archaeology of the county, and see the largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain. Also on offer are a whole host of permanent galleries, as well as changing exhibitions, activities, talks, live music, and other events. 

Photo credit: Craig Stone