Visitor attractions

FAMILY DAYS OUT

 

CHEDDAR CAVES & GORGE

   
www.cheddarcaves.co.uk

Visit the multi-level phreatic caves formed between 500,000 and 15,000 years ago, take a open bus ride through the gorge, climb the 274 steps of "Jacob's Ladder - This is a must for first time visitors.

 

 

WOOKEY HOLE CAVES


www.wookey.co.uk

The Wookey Hole Caves, considered to be the birthplace of British Cave diving are much more than the caves, with something for all the family, including the Paper Mill, Cave Museum & Hall of Mirrors as well as The Wookey Hole Circus.

 

 

BRISTOL ZOO

 

www.bristolzoo.org.uk

Spend a fun-packed day with over 450 amazing species from lions to love beetles. Experience animal encounters and feeding times. Don't miss Seal & Penguin Coasts, Gorilla Island, Zona Brazil and lots more. The gardens at the Zoo are one of Bristol’s most important collections of plants.

 

LONGLEAT SAFARI PARK & HOUSE

 

www.longleat.co.uk

Enjoy incredibly close encounters with some of the world’s most amazing animals in our drive through Safari Park. See how your car measures up to giraffe, mind the zebras crossing, remember that the rhinos have right of way, watch out for the wolves and beware of our meddling monkeys… there is so much to look out for in this amazing world of animals! As well as the Safari Park, there are many other attractions, including: Safari Boats, Longleat Railway, The famous Hedge Maze and Pets Corner.

 

ANIMAL FARM ADVENTURE PARK


www.animal-farm.co.uk


Animal Farm Adventure Park is set on 23 acres of farm land in the beautiful Somerset countryside. With views across the levels to the Mendips and Brent Knoll, the farm is just buzzing with activities that will keep both the young and the not so young happy for hours.

 

SEA AQUARIUM


www.seaquarium.co.uk


The centre contains an amazing underwater tunnel, providing visitors with a closer look into the depths of our oceans. With sharks, rays and other creatures swimming gracefully past, just inches away. It doesn’t stop there, with over 25 displays throughout the aquarium, visitors can see the beauty and terror of the oceans creatures, from the severn estuary to the wonders of the rainforest rivers.

WESTON SUPER MARE GRAND PIER
www.grandpierwsm.co.uk
Following the pier fire of July 2008 the NEW GRAND PIER is due to open for the summer of 2010.
            
BREAN LEISURE PARK
www.brean.com
If your kids love theme parks and fun fairs, they’ll love Brean’s rides and amusements. There are over 30 rides and attractions, including roundabouts, waltzers, dodgems, and roller coasters! For the ultimate thrill seeker try the 'XTreme' ride, 130ft of terror.
            
COURT FARM COUNTRY PARK

www.courtfarmcountrypark.co.uk
With lots of new, baby animals mixed with a range of great play facilities that can tire out even the most energetic of kids
            

MUSEUMS


THE FLEET AIR ARM MUSEUM
www.fleetairarm.com
The Museum comprises four large halls. Each hall has ground floor and upper levels telling the stories of naval aviation from the first manned kites towed behind naval vessels, to helium filled airships, seaplanes, bi planes and  the carrier borne aircraft of WW2 and modern Sea Harriers and helicopters. Among the unique aircraft on display are the first British built Concorde the first aircraft to fly at more than 1,000mph the Fairy Delta Two, the delta winged HP115 and the last surviving Westland Wyvern.
            
SOMERSET RURAL LIFE MUSEM     
WEBSITE NOT AVAILABLE
 

The social and domestic life of Victorian Somerset is described in reconstructed rooms. The surrounding the courtyard and farm buildings contain displays illustrating the tools and techniques of farming in Victorian Somerset. Unusual local activities like willow growing, mud horse fishing, peat digging and cider making are included.
            
BLAKE MUSEUM     
WEBSITE NOT AVAILABLE
 
The birthplace of Robert Blake (1598-1657), General-at-Sea, the museum houses a fascinating collection of local history and archaeology. There is plenty to see, from life in the earliest settlements, The Monmouth Rebellions & the colourful excitement of Bridgwater Carnival.
            
INTERNATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM
www.haynesmotormuseum.com
The prestigious Haynes International Motor Museum, at Sparkford in Somerset is the UK's largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world. A living and working museum, with over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50s and 60s, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars of today, like the Jaguar XJ220 and the Ferrari 360.
            
THE HELICOPTER MUSEUM
www.helicoptermuseum.co.uk
The Helicopter Museum has over 80 helicopters in the collection with the ones on display to the public being housed in the main display building. The Helicopter Museum not only conserves full size helicopters but also has an extensive collection of all associated literature, manuals and artefacts.
            

HISTORY ARCHITECTURE AND LEGEND

WELLS CATHEDRAL     
www.wellscathedral.org.uk
The West Front of Wells Cathedral has about 300 statues, many of which would have originally been painted & guilded. Wells Cathedral dates primarily from the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries; the nave and transept are masterpieces of the Early English Period style of architecture. Wells Cathedral contains one of the most substantial collections of medieval stained glass in England
            
THE ROMAN BATHS

www.romanbaths.co.uk
One of the finest Thermal Spas of the ancient world. At the very heart of the site is the Sacred Spring.  Hot water at a temperature of 46°C rises here at the rate of 1,170,000 litres (240,000 gallons) every day and has been doing this for thousands of years. In the past this natural phenomenon was beyond human understanding and it was believed to be the work of the gods. In Roman times a great Temple was built next to the Spring dedicated to the goddess Sulis Minerva, a deity with healing powers.
            
THE BISHOP'S PALACE
www.bishopspalacewells.co.uk

More than simply an historic house and garden, this splendid medieval Palace has been the home of the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years. There are 14 acres of gardens including the springs from which the city takes its name. Visitors can also see the Bishop's private Chapel, ruined Great Hall and the Gatehouse with portcullis and drawbridge beside which the famous mute swans ring a bell for food.
            
DUNSTER CASTLE
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle/
Dramatically sited on a wooded hill, a castle has existed here since at least Norman times, with an impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower giving a reminder of its turbulent history. Visitors can relax on the sunny sheltered terrace, which is home to a variety of subtropical plants and the National Collection of Strawberry Trees. Magnificent views over the Bristol Channel and a pleasant walk beside the River Avill add to the ambience.
            
GLASTONBURY ABBEY
www.glastonburyabbey.com

Visit what may have been the site of the oldest church, and was certainly once the greatest Abbey, in the England. Rumoured to be the burial place of King Arthur, enjoy the peace and quiet of the Abbey grounds. The tranquil settings of the Duck and Fish ponds allow visitors to get lost in their thoughts. They also provide ideal picnic spots.

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Gough's Cave, Cheddar Caves
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Cheddar Gordge
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Paper Making Equipment, Wookey Hole
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Caves at Wookey Hole
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Bengal Tiger at Bristol Zoo
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Mother & Baby Gorilla at Bristol Zoo
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Giraffes at Longleat Safari Park
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Lion at Longleat Safari Park
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Nico, at over 50 years old, Europes's oldest Lowland Gorilla at Longleat
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The Maze at Longleat