Somerset is full of incredible places to visit all year round. Here’s some of our favourites to visit in Somerset in Autumn.
Featuring Victorian gardens, an Orangery and stunning views across the deer park, Dunster Castle is a jewel in the Somerset crown. There's plenty to see and do this Autumn, including a Spooky Pumpkin Trail and After Dark, which features ghostly, garden tours.
Manged by English Heritage, Cleeve Abbey offers a fascinating view into monastic life. Open daily until the end of October, Cleeve Abbey includes free car parking and access to the surrounding garden. For a real treat why not catch the train? The Great Western Railway stops at Washford which is only a short distance from the abbey.
Wookey Hole Caves
Over 50,000 years old, Wookey Hole Caves have been home to both people and animals – over the years, the remains of prehistoric man and the bones of hyenas, mammoths and lions have been discovered. This fascinating site boasts the UK’s largest cave system and it's open throughout the year. Apart from the stunning cave tours, the Autumn months feature a Halloween extravaganza.
For a day out with little ones, Puxton Park is an ideal place to visit in Somerset. There's plenty to do both indoors and out and during October half term they're hosting a Creepy Critters week. If you visit a little closer to Christmas you might even see the reindeer, who live in a hut built by Somerlap!
The National Trust's Montacute House is a beautiful Elizabethan mansion with surrounding gardens (the circular walks through the parklands and estate are particularly stunning at this time of year). Montacute House is open throughout the year and it's worth keeping an eye on their events page for October half term outdoor activities.
Glastonbury Abbey sits in 36 acres of grounds which includes a lake, a museum and even a cider orchard. This historic site, which some believe is the burial place of King Arthur, is open to visitors 364 days a year. Visit in October and you may spot the team of costumed Living History presenters working in the grounds.