Cider sipping and stunning gardens

The county of Somerset is immediately synonymous with the sweet scent of apples and cider. However, there's more to Somerset than sleepy orchards and rural charm. Encapsulated within the county's undulating, verdant hills are atmospheric sites steeped in history - from the lore of Glastonbury to the grandeur of Wells, there is something for everyone to discover.


'Southwest is best'

  • Explore quaint little Wells with visits to its cathedral and Bishop’s Palace
  • Immerse yourself in lore and legend at Glastonbury Abbey
  • Montacute House (NT)
  • Stourhead (NT) - a masterpiece of Palladian landscaping
  • Explore the stunning Iford Manor Garden
  • Executive coach travel from your choice of pick up points
  • 4 nights half board accommodation

From £659
per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 30 passengers travelling in a specific month

Best time to go

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Suggested Hotel

Best Western Swan Hotel, Wells

  • Historic, award-winning hotel
  • Centrally located with a dramatic view of Wells Cathedral
  • Modern comforts in an historic coaching inn
  • Packed with character
  • Elegant bar, cosy lounge and wood-panelled restaurant
  • Great food and excellent service

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.


  • Wells Cathedral

    This ‘most poetic of English cathedrals’ is the country’s earliest Gothic style cathedral, looking all the more monumental thanks to its situation in the heart of Wells – England’s smallest city. The cathedral has a large collection of historic stained glass, and several unique features such as its elegant scissor arches, chained library, fan-vaulted ceilings and the fascinating Wells Clock mechanism. Adjoining the cathedral, Vicar’s Close is impossibly picturesque.

  • Bishop's Palace and Gardens

    Seat of the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years, this medieval palace dating back to the 13th century is encircled by acres of astounding grounds. Amongst the enchanting gardens you can find the palace’s moat, the pools which gave the city its name, varied planting and some resident swans – who ring a bell at the gatehouse when they want to be fed!

  • Glastonbury Abbey

    A place of history, legend and spirit, the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey sit evocatively at the heart of the town. It is one of the earliest sites of Christian worship in Britain.

  • Stourhead (NT)

    Stourhead is an elegant Palladian property which oozes with inspiration from the Italian ‘Grand Tour’. The real joy of Stourhead, however, is the incredible and extensive estate. Every shade of green is represented and reflected in the lake which forms the centrepiece of the grounds, and set amongst the rare and exotic trees like jewels you will find dripping grottoes, classical temples and Gothic stonework. Stumble upon stunning viewpoints framed by greenery as you wander the undulating pathways through this Georgian masterpiece of landscaping.

  • Montacute House (NT)
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    Completed in 1601, the impressive Montacute House is a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture, constructed using local Ham Hill stone. Home to the Long Gallery, which houses more than 60 portraits, the house and beautiful gardens have also been a filming location for several films and television programmes.


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