Local Cities

Wells

(Approximately 16 miles from Knoll Farm)

Wells lies sheltered beneath the southern slopes of the Mendip Hills, and combines a wealth of historic interest and beautiful architecture. Wells qualifies as England's smallest, and Somerset's only city.

Probably the finest national example of early English architecture, Wells Cathedral was largely built between the 12th and 14th centuries.  The Cathedral is famed for its magnificent West Front, featuring over 300 statues and carvings; the inverted scissor arches of the nave, and one of the oldest working mechanical clocks.

The wells, which gave the city its name, are located within the grounds of the Bishop's Palace, which is still the residence of Bishops of Bath and Wells. The Bishops Palace main features are a 13th-century Undercroft, imposing staterooms and tranquil gardens surrounded by a moat.

Also of interest are Vicars' Close, claimed to be the oldest complete medieval street in Europe, and the historic market place.

Things to do and see in Wells:

  •     Wells Cathedral     
  •     The Bishop's Palace     
  •     Wells & Mendip Museum     
  •     Vicar's Close     
  •     Milton Lodge Gardens     
  •     Wookey Hole     
  •     Ebbor Gorge     
  •     Burcott Mill


Taunton

(Approximately 22 Miles from Knoll Farm)

Taunton is the county town of Somerset, a bustling town on the banks of the river Tone.

The town is the retail capital of the county with all the top names in shopping, eating and drinking, as well as a wonderful mix of specialist and independent retailers. For evening entertainment the Brewhouse Theatre offers something for all tastes.

Taunton has had a turbulent past most notably in 1685 when the Monmouth Rebellion was brutally quelled by Judge Jeffrey's Bloody Assize in the Great Hall of Taunton Castle. The Taunton Heritage Trail is a self guided tour through this rich history and heritage.

The town has also won the Britain in Bloom award for large/small city in 2008 - Vivary Park shows off this splendour. Taunton is also home to Somerset County Cricket Club and hosted the Group stages of the 2009 Women's Twenty:20 World Cup.

Things to do and see in Taunton:

  •     Taunton Heritage Trail     
  •     Vivary Park     
  •     Tauton Antiques Market (Mondays)     
  •     Taunton Farmer's Market (Thursdays)     
  •     Somerset County Cricket Club     
  •     The Brewhouse Theatre     
  •     Somerset Cricket Museum     
  •     Taunton Castle

 

Bristol


(Approximately 23 Miles from Knoll Farm)

The international tourism destination of Bristol has its roots in maritime trade and industrial innovation. The vibrant city is bustling with activity, with Arts, Museums, Theatres, Churches and Cathedrals there is always something for everyone in Bristol, including , for the animal lover, the popular Bristol Zoo.

Bristol was once one of the most important trading ports in England, and the city’s links with the ocean span hundreds of years. Much of Bristol’s rich history is still evident today, acting as a lasting tribute to the brave adventurers and merchants who once set sail from the city docks.

Things to do and see in Bristol:

  •     Explore-At-Bristol     
  •     Bristol Zoo     
  •     SS Great Britain     
  •     Avon Valley Railway     
  •     Berkley Castle     
  •     City Museum & Art Gallery     
  •     Bristol Cathedral     
  •     Clifton Suspension Bridge & Visitor Centre     

 

Bath

(Approximately 35 Miles from Knoll Farm)

The City of Bath, a World Heritage City, famed for is Roman Baths and striking Georgian Architecture is well worth a day trip. Bath presents some of the finest architectural sights in Europe such as the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge alongside a diverse collection of museums which will take you on a trip through time. The city centre is compact and easily walkable with grand Georgian streets and small picturesque passageways to explore.  It offers irresistible shopping with a fabulous selection of small independent shops and stylish boutiques alongside the familiar big name stores.

Things to do and see in Bath:

  •     Roman Baths     
  •     Fashion Museum     
  •     Holburn Museum of Art     
  •     Victoria Art Museum     
  •     Bath Abbey     
  •     Royal Victoria Park     
  •     American Museum     
  •     The Westonbirt National Arboretum     


 

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Bishop's Palace
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Wells Cathedral
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Bath
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Bath Abbey
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Bishop's Palace Gardens
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Entrance to Bishop's Palace
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Lawns at Bishop's Palace
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Inside Wells Cathedral
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Pulteney Bridge
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Roman Baths
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Roman Baths
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The National Trust Gift Shop in Bath
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Mosaic at Bath
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Roman Baths
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Royal Crescent Bath
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Bishop's Palace Grounds
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Swan ringing the bell for food at Bishop's Palace
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City Arms in Bath
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Vivary Park in Taunton
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Wells Cathedral
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Sculpture in Bishop's Palace Gardens
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Vaulted ceiling in Bishops's Palace
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The inverted scissors arches of Wells Cathedral
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Wells Cathedral
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Vicars Close at Wells Cathedral
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The clock at Wells Cathedral
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Wells Cathedral - picture taken from the Bishop's Palace Gardens
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Entrance to the old Taunton Castle
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Bristol Suspension Bridge
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Fountain at Vivary Park in Taunton
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Bristol Cathedral
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Lion yawns at Bristol Zoo
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SS Great Britain Bristol
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Berkley Castle
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Explore at Bristol