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Child looking at cheddar cheese through the window
Cheddar: one of Somerset’s most famous products

What is Somerset Famous For?

Living in the UK, I’m always surprised at how so many places can slip beneath the radar. Somerset is definitely one of those places.

I mean, at first glance it seems firmly on the radar, bleeping lights, soaring alarms, the works. Because of the city of Bath and all its UNESCO World Heritage Site glory.

But after that, the radar falls silent. Once people have taken in the Royal Crescent, Circus, the Roman Baths and all the other beauty that Bath has to offer, they seem to move on.

Well, not on this blog. Not any more.

Do you love the idea of a beautiful, rustic rural retreat in England? Do places like the Cotswolds, Pembrokeshire and the Forest of Dean speak in some way to your soul?

Well, then, you’ll love a trip to a postcard pretty cottage in Somerset and all that the area has to offer.

For I am about to tell you what Somerset is famous for.

Disclosure – I was hosted at Sunrise Cottage for review purposes. However, as ever, as always, I kept the right to write what I like. Otherwise, what is the point?!

What Food is Somerset Famous For?

We’ll start by talking about food because of one place in particular: cheddar.

Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company slices of cheddar
Cheddar: the prototype for cheese around the world?

Cheddar Cheese

If the world could pick only one cheese, I think it would be cheddar. It’s the quintessential, cartoon ready block of pale yellow cheese.

As the name suggests, it originates from Cheddar in Somerset. It is made from cow’s milk, and has a very mild, salty flavour. Rumour has it, it was invented by a group of monks who lived here in 1170 AD.

You can see cheddar being made at the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company in, you guessed it, Cheddar.


If you’ve been in Somerset in the fall, you may have spotted a magical sight: apple juice being turned into cider. With apples from Somerset orchards, this cider is true to its roots.

It’s famed across the UK and notches up a tangy, almost tart sweet zing on the lips. I’d always thought of it as a summer drink but sit in front of a roaring fire in Somerset and you may find that autumn works just as well after all.

Visit a cider farm and you’ll find a range of different flavours: elderflower, rhubarb & ginger, pear & blackcurrant and even the warming cherry & cinnamon.

Inside tip: Visit Rich’s Cider Farm near Brean for a lovely farm shop and small cider museum.

Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey: imposing yet beautiful

More Famous Things To Do in Somerset

Hike Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Gorge is a limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills, on the boundary between Somerset and Gloucestershire in England. It’s a natural beauty spot and is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and as a National Nature Reserve.

And if you find it looks familiar? It’s been used as a film location for both “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” and scenes from “Harry Potter.”

Party at Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Music Festival sells more than 175 000 tickets in a few nanoseconds, the moment tickets go on sale. But it takes place in an otherwise unassuming part of Somerset, called Pilron.

Glastonbury has been running since 1970 and features live music from a diverse range of artists from across all genres and decades. Headliners have included Adele, David Bowie, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and The Rolling Stones in recent years.

Royal Circus Bath - staying in Circus House
It’s easier than ever to take selfies when you stay closer to them ;-)

Visit The City of Bath Spa

Simply put, Bath is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It really is. It has stunning stone baths built by the Romans, a majestic Abbey and those curving, swerving lines of architecture at the Royal Circus and Crescent.

I love it so much I got married there.

Bath is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and if I’ve made it sound stuffy, you should also know that you’ll find plenty of restaurants, clubs and shops there. There are even real spas.

What About Bristol?

While popular opinion counts Bristol as part of Somerset, it is, apparently, now a city and a county in its own right. Yep, not even part of Avon. Weird, eh? But if you’re in the neighbourhood, check out these cool things to do in Bristol.


The pretty little village of Dunster may date back to pre-Roman times, with the catchy title of Durocassium, but it’s most famous today as a medieval village.

You’ll find it just within the grounds of the Exmoor National Park, complete with a castle, 12th century church, a working watermill, Heritage Railway and the Dunster Museum.

West Somerset Railway

Roam from Exmoor National Park through the Quantock Hills passing, through tiny villages and farms on historic steam locomotives.

Planet installation inside Wookey Hole Caves
Planet installation inside Wookey Hole Caves

Wookey Hole Caves

The Wookey Hole Caves once functioned as a hideout for outlaws and members of the clergy fleeing from persecution during the Middle Ages. Today, they’re a fun family day out.

They became known as Britain’s most haunted caves and are subject to regular paranormal investigations.

To mere mortals, however, the Wookey Hole Caves are a series of limestone caves in Somerset, England. The caves have their own names: “Great Cave”, “Devils Chimney” and “Wookey Hole,” which means “dirty hole” in Saxon.

A large part of the caves are accessible to show natural rock formations.


While Taunton can’t compare with Bath, you’ll find all the expected High Street chains plus enough reasons to stop off for more. Taunton Independent Market takes place on the second Sunday every month on Castle Green.

Vivary Park provides tennis courts, a playground for children, mini golf and high ropes. And finally, Taunton Castle houses the Museum of Somerset and the Somerset Military Museum.

UK - Somerset - Sunrise Cottage - Sunrise Cottage Entrance
Even the kids love Somerset!

Where To Stay in Somerset

With a cosy romantic fire, timber beams and a view of green fields, Sunrise Cottage is one of the loveliest places I’ve stayed for a while. The gods even granted us a beautiful sunrise in the morning.

So, while it’s not the only place to stay in Somerset, it’s one I would highly recommend.

You can book this postcard-pretty cottage in Cheddon Fitzpaine here.

UK - Somerset - Sunrise cottage double bedroom
Cosy comfort in the heart of Cheddon Fitzpaine

About Sunrise Cottage

A small but beautiful front garden leads into a charming entranceway for leaving muddy boots and wet coats. Beyond there, the spacious lounge overlooks the open fire, with a writer’s desk and family board games to help pass the time. (Ahem, along with a TV and assorted entertainment.)

You’ll find a separate utilities room and long, well-equipped kitchen with a dining room. We didn’t get to explore too much of the back garden due to the weather but, like the rest of the place, it looked country-perfect and well looked after.

Up the stairs, you’ll find the comfiest carpet I’ve ever walked on, although I know that’s not the main thing we should be talking about…

UK - Somerset - Sunrise cottage second bedroom
The country decor in all its glory

Two double rooms await with gorgeous countryside decor and plenty of room for storage. The bathroom is cottage-cosy-cute and therefore compact but has a functioning bath and shower attachment.

There’s a single parking space outside and you can find the full specs here.

What’s really obvious is that the owners really care about both the property and their guests. There’s a welcome box of goodies, everything is well maintained, and you’ll receive plenty of useful information about the surrounding area and an overwhelming sense that they want you to have a good time.

Things To Do Near Cheddon Fitzpaine

You can uncover many of the things that Somerset is famous for within a short distance of Sunrise Cottage. In particular, we loved:

UK - Somerset - Montgomery cheddar
Somerset cheese is some of the best in the country

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