Places of interest

  • Stourhead – National Trust

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    When Stourhead first opened in the 1740’s, a magazine described it as ‘a living work of art’. The world-famous landscape garden has at its centrepiece a magnificent manmade lake and walk evoking the “genius of place” reflecting classical temples, including The Panteon, mystical grottoes, and rare and exotic trees, and offers a day of fresh air and discovery. Uncover the fascinating history of Stourhead House with an Italian ‘Grand Tour’ adventure and enjoy the unique Regency library, Chippendale furniture and inspirational paintings. The Palladian mansion is set amid Henry Hoare’s ‘picnic perfect’ lawns and beautiful parkland

  • Dyrham Park – National Trust

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    Inside the impressive mansion, built by hard-working civil servant William Blathwayt, discover fascinating interiors little changed in 300 years, as well as a rich collection of art and furniture that includes superb Dutch art, delftware and ceramics of the period. Complete your visit with a relaxing stroll in the elegant West Garden, with its splendid borders, idyllic ponds and wildflower orchard and admire a historic herd of fallow deer roaming freely. More recently Dyrham Park was used as a location for films and TV such as Merchant Ivory, The Remains of the Day, Australia and Dr Who

  • Tyntesfield – National Trust

    A fine Victorian Gothic Revival country house, created by one of England’s richest commoners, William Gibbs, who built his fortune on fertiliser, guano, imported from Peru. The Architect was John Norton Spiralling turrets and pinnacles adorn the roof, ornate stone carvings and church-like windows complete the Gothic look, giving the feel of a mysterious, fairytale mansion. In 1875 a Chapel was added which includes glass by James Powell with windows designed by Harry Ellis Wooldridge and mosaics by the Salviati Family. Terraced lawns give way to spacious parkland filled with hundreds of trees collected by the family, and a glorious walled kitchen garden beyond

  • Lacock Abbey & Fox Talbot Museum – National Trust

    Lacock village is famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and more recently as a period location for TV and film productions. The Abbey, founded in 1229 by Lady Ela the Countess of Salisbury and located at the heart of the village within its own woodland grounds, is a quirky country house of various architectural styles, built upon the foundations of a former nunnery. Visitors can experience the atmosphere of the medieval rooms and cloister court, giving a sense of the Abbey’s monastic past. The museum houses and celebrates the  work of William Henry Fox Talbot, a former resident, famous for his pioneering work with photography and contains the original oriel window photograph he developed one of the earliest surviving photographs in the world

  • The Assembly Rooms, Bath – National Trust

    They were at the heart of fashionable Georgian Society, the perfect venue for entertainment. When completed in 1771, they were described as ‘the most noble and elegant of any in the kingdom’.  The building now also houses The Fashion Museum showing fashionable dress for men, women and children from the late 16th C to present day

  • Prior Park – National Trust

    One of only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world can be crossed at Prior Park, which was created in the 18th century by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen, with advice from ‘Capability’ Brown and the poet Alexander Pope. The garden is set in a sweeping valley where visitors can enjoy magnificent views of Bath A five-minute walk leads to the Bath Skyline, a six-mile circular route encompassing beautiful woodlands and meadows, an Iron Age hill fort, Roman settlements, 18th-century follies and spectacular views

  • Cheddar Gorge

    A spectacular 3 mile long gorge with 450 feet cliffs and underground cathedrals of stalactites and stalagmites. The Gorge is a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the amazing cliffs, caves, rare plants and animals. Six caves are scheduled as Ancient Monuments as they reveal the early history of our ancestors (Homo Britannicus) There is a museum of Prehistory, amazing caves, cliff top gorge walks and an open top tour bus.  There is also rock climbing and caving for the more adventurous

  • Wookey Hole

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    The largest indoor attraction in the West Country and the most spectacular caves in the UK. Wookey Hole cave was formed through erosion of the limestone hills by the river. Axe. Besides the amazing caves other attractions include the famous Witch of Wookey Hole, Pirates of the River Axe, Life Size Dinosaurs and lots more to keep both children and adults entertained for the day

  • City of Bath

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    Fed by Britain’s only natural hot springs, Bath is a city shaped by its waters. Today you can visit the magnificent Roman Baths or bathe in Bath’s warm, mineral-rich waters at Thermae Bath Spa. The city has some of the finest architectural sights in Europe such as Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge and a wonderful range of museums and attractions including The Jane Austen Centre and the newly redeveloped South Gate Centre in the heart of the city offers fabulous shopping. www.visitbath.co.uk

  • Roman baths and Thermae Spa

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    The Romans built a magnificent temple and bathing complex that still flows with natural hot water. The extensive ruins and treasures from the spring are beautifully preserved and presented using the best of modern interpretation. Meet Roman costumed characters and hear the stories of those who lived and worked here 2,000 years ago. Enjoy morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea in the magnificent 18th c. Pump Room, accompanied by music from the Pump Room Trio, and try a glass of Spa water from the fountain. Close by at Bath Thermae Spa, all of the baths are fed by the naturally warm, mineral-rich waters from the springs which have made the city of Bath famous. You can now luxuriate and choose from a wide range of spa, health and beauty treatments. Packages include, two hour session at the Thermae Spa, ticket to the Roman Baths and a three course lunch at The Pump Room