13 Great Days Out in Somerset to Enjoy All Year

You can have a great day out in Somerset. Somerset is one of the most beautiful counties in England, with amazing views and greenery all around. It’s well known for its cider, cute towns, caves and interesting hikes.

Only have time for one day out on in Somerset? Maximise your Somerset day out with these 1-day Somerset ideas for day trippers!

13 Best Days Out in Somerset

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1. Bath for the day

The famous landmarks of Pulteney Weir and Pulteney Bridge surrounded by vibrant autumnal trees on the River Avon in Bath, UK.

I have a great guide to a day out in Bath, if you really want to get down to it. Everything you need to know about where to go for breakfast, lunch and dinner is in there – and what to do in Bath while you’re there too.

Bath is such a beautiful city, and one of England’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites too. You can visit one of the spas, mooch round the market, drink in rooftop bars and admire the River Avon too.

Bath is one of the most popular days out in Somerset and one of the big English landmarks.

2. Day out in Glastonbury

Day Out Glastonbury

I recently spent the day in Glastonbury – not the amazing festival, the town. Long before Glastonbury became a household name for its festival, it was an iconic spiritual town in Somerset.

According to legend, the Glastonbury Tor is the The Isle of Avalon – the burial site of King Arthur. Today you can climb up to the Tor, as we did above, and enjoy the spirituality evident there.

Visiting Glastonbury for the day is a great idea for a day out in Somerset. Visit the Tor, eat at the cafes in town, and drink in the old pubs. You’ll definitely want to visit the little shops of Glastonbury High Street too – I ended up spending £70 on a Chrysoprase necklace though, so watch yourself.

3. Shopping day in Taunton

You could actually combine this with a morning at number four, Burnham on Sea Beach, if you like.

We went to Taunton while we were in Somerset, mainly to visit the TK Maxx there – ha! Well, it’d been raining and needed some trousers.

We found a delightful town with a pretty centre, lovely gardens and some nice shops too. We had a hot chocolate at Mr Miles Tea and Coffee in the centre of Taunton and it was delicious. People all around were having Afternoon Tea here so I think that’s a ‘thing’ here.

Otherwise just mooch, shop and chill on your day out in Taunton. Well, maybe more of a half day.

Glastonbury and Taunton are just two of the best towns in Somerset, click to find out more!

4. Relax on Burnham-on-Sea Beach

A day out at Burnham-on-Sea Beach is a great idea. Burnham-on-Sea is one of Somerset’s most popular seaside resorts.

Burnham on Sea for the day

Visit and you’ll see the famous red and white lighthouse, the sandy shores and the pier too. The pier is known as being one of the shortest in the UK, but also, one of the most popular too.

5. The Grand National Bath Festival

Somerset is popular for its iconic festivals, and not just plain one-day events, but festivals that last for an entire week or two.

Bath Festival, which happens every year in Somerset, is a huge festival lasting for 10 days. Every year more than 30 artists perform at different venues, and it’s free to enter. The big event starts with an amazing party – expect big music bands to perform.

6. Visit The City Of Wells

Wells Cathedral

Wells is a small but a beautiful city located in Somerset. Home to only 10,000 residents, it really is a hidden treasure. If you like history and love to visit museums, then a day out in Wells in Somerset is a good option.

Well’s Cathedral is one of the most important things to see in Somerset, visit and you’ll see why. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful churches in England.

7. Visit the Grand Pier in Weston Super Mare

Weston day out

This seaside resort of Weston Super Mare around the Grand Pier is great fun, with loads for families to do together.

Visit Weston Super Mare in the summer for the best beaches in Somerset – bring your bucket and spade for British seaside fabulousness. Other attractions in Weston Super Mare include the Helicopter Museum, Weston Museum, Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm (and te Noah’s Ark Maze, one of England’s best mazes) and the West Somerset Railway too.

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8. Visit Cheddar Village and Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Village in Somerset is one of the reasons why Somerset is considered one of the most beautiful counties in England. You have to visit Cheddar in Somerset!

Cheddar Gorge

For starters Cheddar Cheese originated from here and you can try all sorts as you potter around the village. It’s made in the traditional style and stored in caves.

For seconds, the impressive Cheddar Gorge is here, one of the largest gorges in England. It goes on for miles and miles. It’s amazing to drive round, but even more impressive to walk over. From the awe-inspiring cliffs to the extraordinary subterranean stalactite show caves the whole family will enjoy a day out in Cheddar. In fact, it’s definitely one of the best days out in Somerset.

9. Go to Exmoor National Park

Exmoor National Park is one of the biggest national parks in the country and spreads across West Somerset and North Devon. Here you can see the Tar Steps – one of the oldest and longest bridges in Britain, made from stones. You can also climb up to the Dunkery Hill and reach Dunkery Beacon – the highest point of Somerset with stunning views.

Young Exmoor Pony against moorland background, Somerset

Horse riding is popular here, as are rare ponies.

Exmoor National Park is one of the most popular days out in Somerset but you’ll need longer than that to really make the most of it.

10. Join a Scavenger Hunt 

You can participate in this Treasure Trail with your friends and family for one of the most amazing days out in Somerset. In this hunt you’ll join with your smart phone.

Around 120 objects are given to each participant (virtually) and the point of the game is to find those 120 items. Once you have found an object, you will have to send the picture to score points for the object. A guide will be texting you through out to help you. This scavenger hunt is a great day out for all the family.

11. Go to Brean Leisure Park 

Brean Leisure Park is one of the best places for a day out with family in Somerset.

There are more than 40 rides, from exhilarating rollercoasters for adults to simple boat rides for kids. Apart from that, it also has a Brean Splash Water Park and Brean Play Area, where you can enjoy water slides with your family and kids can play with different tools and enjoy fun activities.

After all the enjoyment and fun, the park has many restaurants and eateries. Make sure the adults get some fun too!

12. Fleet Air Museum 

Last but not the least, one of the most entertaining spots of the county!

At the Fleet Air Arm Museum you can actually see some of Europe’s best naval aircrafts. It is not only a museum; it is where theatre meets the museum with. Plan a day out with your family and visit this place to experience all the fun activities!

13. Go paddle boarding for the day

somerset paddleboarding

There are loads of places to paddleboard in Somerset. Our local writer Rowan Campbell has revealed her top 7 spots in our post on the best spots for paddleboarding in Somerset. She’s also included the best places to hire a board if you don’t have your own. Pack a picnic and a day paddleboarding is never wasted. Enjoy!

Day out in Somerset

Cobbled streets at Catherines Hill in Frome, Somerset

No wonder Somerset is considered one of the best places to live. With so many things to do, and fun days out in Somerset to enjoy, you’ll definitely be busy.

Like so much of England though, one of the best things to do in Somerset – for adults and children – is to hike up to a quiet spot, take a drink and snack, and just admire the beautiful scenery.

We really do live in a wonderful country!

Quicklist: best days out in Somerset

  • 1. Bath for the day
  • 2. Day out in Glastonbury
  • 3. Shopping day in Taunton
  • 4. Relax on Burnham-on-Sea Beach
  • 5. The Grand National Bath Festival
  • 6. Visit The City Of Wells
  • 7. Visit the Grand Pier in Weston Super Mare
  • 8. Visit Cheddar Village and Cheddar Gorge
  • 9. Go to Exmoor National Park
  • 10. Join a Scavenger Hunt 
  • 11. Go to Brean Leisure Park 
  • 12. Fleet Air Museum 
  • 13. Go paddleboarding


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