North Somerset is blessed with some historic landmarks and outstanding National Trust locations. A number of visitor attractions in the South West regularly rank as some of the best in the UK, including the SS Great Britain, the Roman Baths and Wells Cathedral; all located within 20 miles of Home Farm Cottages.

The nearby Mendip Hills offers breathtaking views of the Somerset Levels and surrounding areas, whilst guests at Home Farm can also choose to explore the many National Trust estates and grounds in the area. Below you’ll find a selection of our top historic and National Trust locations that are popular with many of our guests.

Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral is set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city and is the earliest English cathedral to be built in the Gothic style. Wells Cathedral is open daily and offer free guided tours of the Cathedral are available all year round (except Sundays).

These are led by excellent volunteer guides and last approximately 1 hour.

Dogs allowed in the Cathedral.

Tip – go on a Saturday morning or Wednesday morning and take in the open market in the nearby high street.

Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Brunel’s SS Great Britain is one of the most important historic ships in the world and is one of the UK’s finest visitor attractions. The SS Great Britain is open nearly every day and tickets include free unlimited return visits for a year.

After your visit you can walk around the harbour.

Fleet Air Arm Museum

The Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton incorporates four exhibition halls, over ninety aircraft plus 2 million records and 30 thousand artifacts. It is Europe’s largest naval aviation Museum.

It is one of the South West’s leading tourist attractions

The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths attracts over one million visitors a year, making it one of the most visited heritage attractions in the United Kingdom.

In the centre of Bath.

After your tour take in the sites of The Royal Crescent and consider high tea in the Royal Crescent Hotel – served all afternoon, perfect for a treat. (Best to book).

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

With free entry guests can explore the region’s natural wonders and discover more about peoples’ lives, past and present.

Glastonbury Tor and Town Centre

Glastonbury Tor has an ancient and varied history.

Less than 20 miles from Home Farm, there are steps to the TOR and the views from the top are brilliant.

Close to Gastonbury you walk from the TOR straight down into the centre and enjoy some unusual shops – where writers, knitters, potters, jewellers, candle makers and other creative people work.  Englands oddest town?

And if still time to spare before returning to Home Farm, then Clarks Shopping Village is 2 miles away (90+ stores).


Located roughly 16 miles from Home Farm, Tyntesfield is a spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival house with beautiful large gardens and parkland. There are also a number of dog-friendly areas at this National Trust destinations, including woodland and parkland walks.

Cheddar Gorge

Discover the beautiful heights of Somerset’s famous Cheddar Gorge; one of England’s most iconic and spectacular landscapes. The gorge is famous for its feral goats, although there is plenty of other opportunity to discover the regions celebrated flora and fauna.

Also rated recently by one magazine as ‘Englands best drive’.  Wind your way up through the gorge – a short but interesting drive.

Please note the caves are currently closed.

Clevedon Court

Clevedon Court is an outstanding 14th-century manor house and 18th-century terraced garden maintained by the National Trust.

Here guests can explore the striking display of Eltonware pottery and a fascinating collection of Nailsea glass.

The Mendip Hills (National Trust)

The Mendip Hills offers visitors the opportunity to explore dramatic gorges and ancient woodland. The rare limestone grassland landscape is home to a wide array of flora and fauna, and its underground caves and rivers make it a popular destination for caving.

Dyrham Park

The National Trust’s Dyrham Park is a destination for the whole family. Young explorers can run free in the Old Lodge picnic and play area, take part in a nature trail and tick off challenges on their ’50 things’ list. There is also an historic herd of fallow deer roaming freely in the 270 acres of ancient parkland.

Coleridge Cottage (National Trust)

Located in Nether Stowey, just outside of Bridgewater, Coleridge Cottage is the 17th-century home of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Following a major redevelopment project in 2011, visitors can now explore the wildflower garden, and rooms of the cottage never previously open to the public.

Dunster Castle

Located on the outskirts of Minehead, Dunster Castle is sited on a wooded hill that offers visitors dramatic vistas and the opportunity to explore its subtropical gardens. There is also plenty of activities for children, including a natural play area, lawn games and a free family trail through the castle.

The town has plenty of small shops and pubs.

Tip – get there in style by taking the Steam Train (West Somerset Railway) from Bishops Lydeard.