Visiting Braund Country - Somerset

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This is one of a series of pages about the areas where Braunds have lived. It is particularly designed for those planning to visit their ancestral haunts and wanting to see the surroundings. Those visiting England should note that many of our tourist attractions are seasonal and that public transport outside main towns is often scarce. If you are visiting several National Trust or English Heritage properties it will probably be worth obtaining membership. This is available at all properties where an admission fee is payable. Those from overseas should check whether a reciprocal membership arrangement is available for similar organisations in your own country. It probably won’t be but worth a try!

This list is far from being exhaustive; suggestions for additions are welcome. We work hard to keep this page up-to-date; please notify us of any changes or broken links.

This list is solely to assist visitors and The Braund Society do not receive any incentive for including events and destinations on this list, nor should inclusion on this page be taken to be an endorsement. If you are planning a visit you are advised to check such things as dates and opening times as we cannot be responsible if any details change.

General hints about visiting Devon and Cornwall from outside the UK can be found here. If you would like a list of accommodation in the area, please contact us

There are similar pages for:

            North Devon

            South and mid-Devon

            Cornwall

                               

An explanation of Braund branches can be found here.

BRAUND CONNECTIONS

Bedminster, Bristol (branch 1)

Burnham on Sea (branch 4)

Chipstable (branch 4)

Huntspill (branch 4)

Ilminster (branch 1)

Martock (branch 1)

Nailsea (branch 1)

Taunton (branch 4)

Wells (branch 4)

West Coker (branch 1)

EVENTS

Glastonbury Festival, Pilton - held in June.

Glastonbury Extravaganza, Glastonbury - held in August.

Jane Austen Festival, Bath - held in September.

 

HISTORIC SITES

Bath Abbey, Bath.

The Roman Baths and Pump Room, Bath.

Dunster Castle, Dunster - home of the Lutterell family for over 600 years but the current building was heavily renovated in the C19th. Beautiful setting and an opportunity to also visit the water mill.

John Wesley's New Room - the oldest Methodist building in the world.

Montacute House, Montacute - C16th Mansion. 

SS Great Britain, Bristol - Brunel’s iconic ship. 

Wells and Mendip Museum.

COUNTRYSIDE

Exmoor National Park - stunning moorland scenery.

Selworthy Beacon - beautiful Exmoor countryside.

South West Coastal Path - long distance trail that extends in to Devon, Cornwall, and Dorset. The short Somerset section runs from Minehead to the Devon border and is roughly 20 miles long. Wonderful scenery but some sections are quite hard going.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Bath - many attractions including the famous Crescent.

Bristol - a very interesting city with waterfront taxis. 

Cheddar Gorge and Caves - walks and open top bus tour. An all-in explorer ticket is recommended. 

Glastonbury - a town that is associated with both King Arthur and New Age culture. Includes the Abbey and Tor. 

West Somerset Historic Steam Railway - trains running between Minehead and Bishops’ Lydeard.

FOOD

Don’t leave without trying the cheese and cider, which in England is alcoholic.

Exmoor Food Fest - held in January-February. 

Farmers’ and Christmas Markets are held in many Somerset Towns.