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List of Places to Visit

If you've already visited Montacute House, Montacute Tower and Ham Hill and want to travel a bit further, here are some ideas; these and more are listed in the cracking South Somerset Tourist Information website. My notes on Montacute legends and the history of Montacute can be found in Montacute Snippets


Lyme Regis (26 miles, approx 50 minutes drive) -Lovely seaside town but gets very busy with tourists, several boats offer fishing trips from the Cobb 

Charmouth (25 miles, approx 45 minutes drive) -A good place for fossil hunting and rock pooling along the pebble beach, with lovely walks up to Golden Cap and along the cliff tops


Glastonbury (19 miles, approx 35 minutes drive) -Art and crystals - Glastonbury Abbey is seriously overpriced but don't miss the walk up to the Tor

Wells (27 miles, approx 40 minutes drive) -The smallest city in England, Wells Cathedral is worth a visit, the clock was originally made in 1392 (!!!) but the mechanism in now in the Science Museum

Dog-friendly places to go:

Ham Hill with the Prince of Wales pub has to come number one on the list but there's also loads of good walks (Leland trail, Parrett Trail (for a great video of the walk click here), Liberty Trail, Macmillan Way West and shorter circular walks) as well as many fab locations (Montacute House parkland, Cadbury Castle, and many more).

National Trust Sites:

Tintinhull Garden (4 miles, approx 10 minutes drive)

The Treasurer's House at Martock (4 miles, approx 10 minutes drive)

Barrington Court (10 miles, approx 20 minutes drive)

Glastonbury Tor (17 miles, approx 30 minutes drive)

English Heritage Sites:

Muchelney Abbey (9 miles, approx 20 minutes drive)

Other Visitor attractions:

East Lambrook Gardens  (7 miles, approx 15 minutes drive)

Fleet Air Arm Museum (10 miles, approx 15 minutes drive) -Aeroplanes and helicopters; including Concorde

Haynes Motor Museum (13 miles, approx 20 minutes drive) -Cars and motorbikes to admire

Wookey Hole (25 miles, approx 45 minutes drive) -Take the tour through the caves, enjoy a show, don't miss the mirror maze!

Cheddar Gorge (36 miles, approx 1 hour drive) -Explore the Gorge, and visit Gough's cave and Cox's cave


Locally-reared meat can be bought from Windmill farm in Montacute; available as fresh or frozen, they deliver locally or you can arrange to collect it from the farm.

There's a fab transport cafe, sells proper English breakfasts etc, just outside Montacute at Cartgate

Cider can be bought from Perry's (11 miles, approx 20 minutes drive) - open to visitors

Cider and Cider Brandy can also be bought from Burrow Hill (9 miles, approx 20 minutes drive) - open to visitors

Next you might want to read about the History and Legends of Montacute in my Montacute Snippets