Alongside the beautiful and interesting sites in Bath and Bristol there are some lovely small locations nearby with different appeal.  See a selection below.

Axbridge, just 3 miles away boasts King Johns Hunting Lodge in the Town Square (National Trust), and Wells – 10 miles further on is Englands smallest Cathedral city. Glastonbury has surprises in store.



On arrival to Axbridge’s historic market square, we wouldn’t think you’re daft if you felt as though you’ve stepped back in time. Colourful shop fronts, half timbered buildings and the stunning 13th century Church of St John loom over The Square and all give a nod to the town’s thriving wool production during the medieval period. Nestled on the corner sits the King John’s Hunting Lodge (National Trust), a medieval wool merchant’s house which is now home to a Museum of Local History run by Axbridge and District Museum Trust.

The Strawberry Line leads into the town, connecting Axbridge to the nearby villages of Cheddar and Yatton.

Feeling peckish? Enjoy a drink and bite to eat at The Lamb Inn or the Crown Inn, a coffee and slice of cake at The Almshouse Tea Shop or indulge in an afternoon tea at The Oak House Hotel.

Market days: A farmers’ market is hosted on the first Saturday of every month in Axbridge’s town square. Expect plenty of delicious foodie treats from local producers including The Humble Pie Co and the Somerset Cheese Company.



The pretty coastal town of Watchet is a popular spot for holiday makers with its sleepy streets filled with quaint shops and charming pubs and eateries, an active marina, a gorgeous pebbled coastline and plenty of history. Sitting on the mouth of the Washford River on Bridgwater Bay, and near to Exmoor National Park, the town is surrounded by picturesque scenery just waiting to be explored.

Overlooking the town is the medieval Church of St Decumen boasting a 13th century chancel and the remains of a 15th century cross. While Cleeve Abbey, one of the best preserved medieval monasteries in the country, can be found just over two miles away in the village of Washford.

Take a steam train to Watchet on The West Somerset Railway or drive.

Market days: Heralding a tradition from the 13th century, Watchet organises a market held every Wednesday over the summer months. From the market’s launch on May 2, complete with live music, to September 26, stall holders are able to showcase the very best local produce the county has to offer.

Portishead Marina

Portishead Quays Marina is established as one of the best equipped marina facilities in the South West.  Enjoy a walk around the Marina, enjoying the yachts and the views across the Severn Estuary.

Wells  (Englands smallest city).

Always a favourite to visit this compact city with Wells Cathedral, The Bishops Palace, Vicars Close (claimed to be the oldest terraced street in England), and the outdoor Town Market (Saturday and Wednesday mornings).  Plus many dining facilities and tea shops.  Dog friendly generally and dogs allowed in both Wells Cathedral and the grounds of the Bishops Palace.


Drive or take the West Somerset Steam Train from Bishops Lydeard – alight at Dunster and its a short walk to the town centre and castle.

This medieval village is in Somerset within the Exmoor National Park.

With it’s Castle, Yarn Market, Tithe Barn and a wealth of listed buildings, Dunster is a favourite destination for many tourists.


A vibrant kaleidoscope of colour and culture, there’s so much more to the lively town of Glastonbury than the festival hundreds of thousands of revellers visit in nearby Pilton. Peruse the eclectic shops that line the streets; pick up an array of unique items at Man, Myth and Magik or Chalice Well Shop, shop minerals at The Crystal Man and browse ‘all things Goddess’ at the spiritual Goddess Temple.

Shrouded in history and legend, the formidable Glastonbury Tor has been a point of religious and spiritual significance for over 1000 years. An ascent to the top provides walkers with stunning views over Glastonbury and the county’s rolling greenery, and also the chance to marvel at the remains of the 15th century churches of St Michael. Sprawling 36 acres of parkland, the staggering ruins of Glastonbury Abbey are also a must see when visiting the town. Enjoy a reflective walk through the grounds while you immerse yourself in the fascinating history of one of England’s oldest abbeys.

Vegetarians and vegans are well-catered for when visiting the town. Excalibur Café and Rainbows End Café serve up an array of inventive meat-free dishes that would tempt even the most dedicated carnivore to go meat-free!.  “Burns the Bread” is a great spot to pick up a sandwich, pasty or cake while ale and cider drinkers can quell their thirst with a few jars in “The Who’d a Thought It Inn” and “The King Arthur”.

Market days: A market is hosted 9am – 3pm every Tuesday on Magdalene Street with plenty of local produce, food and drink, crafts and much more available to purchase.