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Things to do

Below we have selected a variety of areas to visit whilst you are staying at Summerhouse Bed & Breakfast. From the Roman Baths situated in Bath to the fantastic Clifton Suspension Bridge, there is lots to do.



As one of the UK’s most beautiful cities, Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is often seen as the jewel of the South West. Breath-taking scenery, elegant Georgian architecture and a buzzing food scene, Bath is top when it comes to reasons to visit.

The 2000-year-old Roman Baths are one of the great places to visit; they have a museum and a restaurant. For opening times and tickets visit

An Anglo-Saxon monastery pulled down by the Norman conquerors of England became a massive Norman cathedral but lay in ruins in 1539 by order of Henry VIII. The present Bath Abbey church founded in 1499, was completed in 1611. It is a remarkable piece of architecture including the famous Ladder of Angels. For further detail visit

Another must-see in Bath, is the Grade 1 listed, Palladian, Pultney Bridge with its shops and boutiques both sides. Nearly 250 years old, it is one of only four bridges in the world to have shops built along its full length.



Famous for its spectacular, International Balloon Fiesta, held annually in August, Bristol is a vibrant exciting place set on the picturesque River Avon. For further information

Brunel’s SS Great Britain is one of the most important historic ships in the world. Things to see on a visit to the wonderful ship include, her incredible journeys, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, famous passengers and their stories, and conserving the SS Great Britain after she was brought back to Bristol as a rusted hulk. Visit

As well as museums, towers and priories one of the most spectacular sights in the world is the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The most stunning view is when it is illuminated at night, towering over revellers making their way into the exciting city.



Visit the City of Wells in Somerset with its magnificent Cathedral, and the unique moated Bishop’s Palace, home, not only of the Bishop of Bath and Wells but also the wells themselves. Wells Cathedral has a beautiful ‘scissor arches’ supporting the central tower; added in 1338 after the weight of a new spire impended collapse. The Cathedral also boasts the famous Wells Clock (which is considered to be the second oldest clock mechanism in Great Britain), the fascinating octagonal Chapter House and one of only four chained libraries in the UK. For opening times visit

Adjoining the Cathedral is the Grade 1 listed, Vicars’ Close, believed to be the only complete medieval street left in England. The houses of the close were built in the 14th century. There is also a dining hall connected to the Cathedral by a covered walkway, the Chain Gate Bridge.

Close by, explore the beauty of the Mendip Hills & Somerset Levels, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, and Glastonbury Abbey & Tor.

Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Gorge is a deep limestone ravine in the Mendip Hills, near the village of Cheddar in Somerset. The gorge is the site of the Cheddar show caves, where Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton, Cheddar Man, estimated to be 9,000 years old, was found in 1903. At almost 400 feet deep and three miles long, this is England’s largest gorge, and with its weathered crags and pinnacles, one of our most spectacular natural sights. Visit the hiking trails, viewpoints & underground stalactite/stalagmite caves. For further detail visit



Travel a little further afield to discover the Somerset Coast with the exciting new Pier at Weston-Super-Mare. Famous for the International Sand Sculpture Festival, miles of Promanade, chuffy trains and donkey rides – the perfect day out at the beach.

Many varied local Daytime Activities to sample!

Start in the garden, continue throughout Somerset

Bird watching & Photography

Start in the garden, continue throughout Somerset - Original Severn Crossing - Bristol and Bath Railway Path

Bristol & Bath Cycle Paths – Original Severn Crossing – Bristol and Bath Railway Path

Bushcraft in Pensford

Top quality fly fishing, great size of trout caught.

Chew Valley Lake

Top quality fly fishing, great size of trout caught.

Birstol & Glos, Gliding Club

Stockwood Vale Golf Club

Off Roading Shepton Mallet

(ten mins away)

Paint Balling & Junior Quad Bikes

(ten mins away)

Pony Trekking in the Mendips

Racing at Bath

Walk down our driveway and out into Somerset. Books and maps provided

Walking Locally

Walk down our driveway and out into Somerset. Books and maps provided

Bristol Aquarium

Packet Boat Trips

Bristol Zoo

Other must-see places in Bristol

Clifton Suspension Bridge Clifton Observatory & Camera Obscura
Cabot Tower Codebreaking walk
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Bristol Cathedral
We the curious
Model railway at Ashton Court

Other must-see places in Bath

Roman Baths
Bath Abbey
Jane Austen Centra
Museum of Bath Architecture
Bath Guided Walks and Bus Rides
Other must-see places Further Afield Cabot Circus
Glastonbury Tor
Weston Helicopter Museum
Brean Sands
Wookey Hole
West Somerset/East Somerset and Avon Valley Railways

Tried of Eating & Drinking? Try Our Local Nightlife!

Bristol -

Welsh National Opera Tour

Bristol –

Theatre Royal Bath, Bristol Old Vic, The Tobacco Factory

St Georges Bristol, Bath Philamonia Orchestra

Bristol -

Showcase Cinema (2) & Vue Cinema

Pam pam / Antix / Dojo in Bristol - Zero zero / Second Bridge in Bath

Ghost Walks of BATH (8:00pm Thurs, Fri, Sat)

What you can do

Surrounding valleys and lakes are notable for their walking, fishing, birdlife, nature studies and sailing opportunities. The local villages and hamlets are charming and hold a certain character that makes them an interesting visit for guests at SummerHouse.

Bristol is the hub of the West Country and offers visitors exciting ways to spend their time, including fascinating walks exploring the harbour, visiting the SS Great Britain and The Matthew, both of which are moored in the harbour and open to visitors.  At night the magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge is illuminated spectacularly, giving a foretaste of some of the extensive entertaining night life the city offers, from opera and theatre to night clubs or Michelin star dining.  Bristol also hosts an annual Balloon Fiesta which we highly recommend !  

The city of Bath is a World Heritage Site; unrivalled beauty, interest and architecture. A shopper’s paradise and an architectural wonder with its Roman origins proudly on show. To the south side of the Mendip lies the historic city of Wells. Billed as England’s smallest city, it offers visitors a bustling bi-weekly market, beautiful architecture and an ancient cathedral with a fascinating history and a must-see 12c clock -the original works were made about 1390 and the clock face is the oldest surviving original of its kind in the world. Near Wells is the popular designer outlet, Kilver Court.

When you stay at Summerhouse, you have all the choices; sweeping countryside, or fascinating cities, all from the base of a relaxed and luxurious  nestled in the Chew Valley.