Just a short walk from an Area of Outstanding Beauty, Apple Tree Hotel is perfectly placed to allow you to appreciate the true beauty of Somerset. Nestled at the base of Quantock Hills, we are surrounded by a wealth of history right on our doorstep. Whether you’re new to the area or have explored the charm of Bridgwater or Taunton before, we highly recommend you make time to visit some of the more extraordinary locations within the area.
This well-preserved site was once historically used for public bathing in the 19th century. It is made up of four individual sections; the historic museum with locally-found artefacts, the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple and the Roman Bath House itself. Filled with hot spring-warmed water, it is believed that these baths may once have been a site of worship during the Celtic period. Walk through the underground passages and discover the in-depth historical journey that this building has taken during its time.
This Anglican cathedral was dedicated to St Andrew the Apostle. Originally built between 1175 and 1490, it has been recognised as one of the most beautiful and great English cathedrals. The building takes its name from the wells or springs that can still be seen today in the Bishop’s Palace Gardens. Its once revolutionary architectural style draws inspiration from French gothic buildings and was believed to be the first cathedral in England to be built like this.
Dunster Medieval Village and Castle
Known as one of the oldest and most intact medieval villages in England, Dunster is nestled within the north-eastern boundary of Exmoor National Park. It is home to a selection of fascinating buildings including the Yarn Market Building, Conygar Tower and the historic Dunster Castle. As part of a 1,000 year old fort, this National Trust site has had an interesting and turbulent history. It now stands as a luxurious country house which can be explored by visitors.
Another National Trust location, Glastonbury Tor is the home of Michael’s Tower, a Grade 1 listed building. From this peak, you’ll be able to overlook the iconic beauty of Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Wales. The site itself is known for its spiritual connotations with pagan beliefs that are still very much celebrated.
Cheddar Gorge & Caves
The largest gorge in Britain is also noted as being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It was excavated in 1890 and has become a location of significant historical and geographical significance. Its name comes from the discovery of ‘Cheddar Man’ – the oldest and most complete skeleton discovered in Britain in 1903. Take part in a guided tour and visit the Museum of Prehistory.