Places to Explore

The Old Stables is beautifully situated on the edge of The Mendip Hills (AONB).

We are perfectly located for exploring the very best of Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire and are in easy proximity to The Royal Bath & West Showground, Bath, Wells (with its stunning Cathedral), various National Trust properties and gardens, Longleat, Wookey Hole Caves and Cheddar to name but a few. Walkers will be spoiled for choice with the miles of wonderful walks on our doorstep.

There is so much to see and do that we couldn’t possible cover it all here so below you will find some information and links to help you plan your upcoming stay at The Old Stables but please delve further to find no end of ways to fill your days whilst you are in Somerset.

For booking any day trips or for more local information please do visit our friends at The Shepton Mallet Tourist Information Centre – they are always delighted to assist our guests.

Please also visit Explore Somerset to help you with your holiday plans.


You wouldn’t think of Somerset without Bath coming to mind – a city so beautiful and special that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk through history at the Roman Baths, celebrate Jane Austen, one of Bath’s most famous residents, enjoy the stunning Georgian architecture or pamper yourself at the Bath Thermae Spa –  bliss!.


There is so much to see and do you will find something to keep the youngest to the oldest happy! If you’re looking for National Trust properties to explore then you are definitely in the right place! Everything from tudor houses and hidden gardens to tors, gorges and natural piers awaits you! Barrington Court, Brean Down, Tyntesfield and of course the iconic Tor in Glastonbury to name but a few.


And talking about Glastonbury you couldn’t come to Somerset without paying this vibrant town a visit. From the eclectic shops and the infamous Abbey to the serenity and beauty of The Chalice Well and the world famous music festival it’s all here. If you’re looking for deeper meaning into all that Glastonbury as the Isle of Avalon has to offer then you definitely need to spend some time with Tor Webster of Tor’s Tour of the Tour. Don’t forget to try one of the Glastonbury Pasties from Burns the Bread Bakers right on the High Street – they are delicious and definitely our favourite – perfect for a picnic.


If shopping is your forte whilst on holiday you can get some great retail therapy at Clarks Village and of course you will find fabulous shopping in both Bath and Bristol. For local art and gifts visit some of the lovely smaller towns throughout the county. The City of Wells (the smallest city in England) is one of our favourite places. With its historic centre, the magnificent cathedral, the unique moated Bishop’s Palace and lovely independent shops you can happily wile away an afternoon. There’s a fantastic Farmers’ Market held weekly (Wednesdays and Saturday) in the Marketplace and of course if you buy any goodies to take home with you they will stay fresh in the mini-fridge in your room. With no end of lovely restaurants and coffee shops you definitely won’t go hungry!


Take a scenic drive through the breathtaking Cheddar Gorge. This world-famous site is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and reveals many fascinating stories of our prehistoric ancestors and is also an international centre for caving and rock climbing. The caves are a must visit A great day out for the family!


If rambling and walking is on your holiday agenda you will be spoiled for choice. Visit these walking sites .gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/county-walks/somerset and walkinginsomerset.co.uk for inspiration.


If you are holidaying with the children there are plenty of options to satisfy the very youngest to your teenagers. Wookey Hole Caves will keep them entertained for hours and Longleat House & Safari Park offers no end of excitement. For more ideas check out Family Days Out in Somerset.


We are also in easy proximity to Wiltshire (Stonehenge and Avebury – both a must!) and Dorset so there are plenty wonderful places to explore.

In a County of wide open spaces, steeped in culture and history, there are just so many things to do in Somerset you will definitely find yourself spoilt for choice.

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