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Non-Glasto charms of the West Country

Press AssociationPress Association 26/06/2016 Ella Walker

Every year (bar the odd exception), the UK's biggest music festival attracts hordes of visitors to Somerset.

But Glastonbury isn't the only reason to take a trip to this pretty English county. Wild and rugged, and dripping in historic charm, the West Country should be on the wish list of every visitor to Britain.

Here are seven things to do in the southwest:

1. Have a Roman bath, in Bath

Somerset's famous spa town, Bath, is the ideal place to relax. Head to the Pump Room for a tour of the city's historical Roman baths (, or take a dip at the Thermae Bath Spa which has a rooftop pool and views out over the picturesque city (

2. Go to the seaside

Hit the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare where, in July, there'll be a cider festival and a hoedown, as well as the usual fairground rides and arcades. The town is where author Roald Dahl went to school and artist Banksy recently showcased his Dismaland exhibition, so there's culture and history to discover too. Visit

3. Take a walk on Exmoor

If you like lots of sky, red deer and walking in the wilds, don't miss the chance to explore Exmoor National Park. It's got remote moorland, coastal paths, wooded valleys and is dotted with small towns and villages, so there'll definitely be a pub to stop off at and refuel. Visit

4. Explore Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Gorge is a huge stalactite cavern where Cheddar Man, Britain's oldest skeleton, was unearthed. Take a walk through the stunning caves, try out a bit of rock climbing and brave the 274 steps to the top of the lookout tower for 360-degree views of the area. Visit

5. Picnic at Wells Cathedral

Be wowed by the incredible architecture of Wells Cathedral, and picnic in the grounds if the rain holds off. Wells is the smallest city in England and is packed with historical buildings - check out the beautiful Bishop's Palace and Gardens too. Visit

6. Delve into Wookey Hole Caves

The Wookey Hole Caves have a resident witch, a Victorian penny arcade, their own cave-aged cheese, a spectacular light show and pirate themed mini-golf, so whatever your age, there's something to keep you interested. Visit

7. All aboard the West Somerset Railway

The West Somerset Railway ( is the longest heritage railway in England, at 22.75 miles. Hop on and off along the route, or just sit down and enjoy travelling by steam powered locomotive - it'll feel like going back in time.

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