9 of the prettiest Somerset villages to visit
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We are lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world, but if you are looking for somewhere to spend the day here are 9 of the most picturesque villages in Somerset and North Somerset we think you should visit...
Bleadon, North Somerset
This North Somerset village is a short drive from Weston-super-Mare.
Just north of the village is Bleadon Hill, a site of special scientific interest which offers beautiful views across the district.
A monthly market is held in the village, on the third Saturday of each month. It is held in the Coronation and Jubilee Halls from 9am to 12.30pm and a range of local produce is on offer alongside plants, bric-a-brac, crafts and more.
The Church of St Peter and St Paul dominates the village. The grade-I-listed building was built in the 14th century and restored in the 19th century. Its tower contains five bells dating back to 1711.
Wrington, North Somerset
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Wrington is a pretty village to wander around and it has a range of shops and businesses run by friendly faces.
It has a weekly country market and is just a few miles from Yatton Railway Station, so is easy to get to.
If you are visiting Wrington be sure to see if Butcombe Brewery is offering tours. The Brewery was set up just down the road, in Butcombe, by Simon Whitmore in 1978.
It has been extended twice since then and now produces in excess of 40,000 barrels of beer every year.
This Somerset village has a reputation for good food and drink and plenty of entertainment, with its ale festival, harvest home and Turnip Prize events a real hit with both villagers and people from further afield.
The Swan pub attracts foodies from far and wide, while the village’s tearooms also do a roaring trade.
The village feels quintessentially British as you wander around its winding streets, which are lined with pretty houses.
St Mary’s Church is a grade-I listed building which is well worth a visit, and we would recommend browsing Wedmore Village Store for some delicious Somerset produce.
Yatton, North Somerset
The Strawberry Line cycle route starts in Yatton taking you on a 10-mile journey through wildlife-rich wetlands, old settlements, orchards and towering hills.
But the cycle path is not all Yatton has to offer, the quaint North Somerset village is filled with picture-perfect houses you’ll wish you could live in and St Mary’s Church is also a beautiful place to visit.
The origin of the name Yatton is uncertain, but it may come from the Anglo-Saxon word gatton, meaning ‘village on the track’.
The village is just a short train journey from Weston-super-Mare Railway Station, on the route to Bristol Temple Meads.
OK so Axbridge isn’t a village, it is a town, be we still think it is one of Somerset’s must-see places.
The medieval square in Axbridge makes it feel as though you have almost gone back in time, as timbered buildings lean towards each other in the centre of this picturesque town.
Pride of place in the square is King John’s Hunting Lodge, a National Trust property which is almost 550 years old. Inside a museum boasts a selection of local historical displays.
This Somerset town is on the edge of the Mendips and it has a number of independent shops and places to eat and drink to visit.
Congresbury, North Somerset
Many people are likely to pass through this North Somerset village on a daily basis, if they commute from Weston to Bristol, but we would highly recommend pausing to spend some time in the village.
The Ship & Castle is a great place to eat. It is a Mezzé restaurant and offers dozens of small dishes for seafood fans, meat-eaters and vegetarians alike with multiple international cuisines on offer.
If you are a fan of walking, the long-distance Two Rivers Way walk starts at Congresbury Bridge, on the River Yeo.
The route goes across Somerset to Keynsham and passes through Chew Stoke, Chew Magna, Compton Dando and Pensford.
Hutton, North Somerset
Hutton is known for its floral displays, with Hutton In Bloom having won multiple awards for bringing a splash of colour to the village.
The village is a short drive away from Weston and the high land to the south of it is part of the Mendip Hills.
The Old Inn lies in the heart of the village, in Main Road, and offers a perfect place to stop for some food and drink after walking around the village.
Just outside of the main village hub lies Canada Coombe, which offers fantastic views of the Mendips as well as towards Weston, Locking and beyond. It is a popular spot for horse-riders, as well as dog-walkers.
Brent Knoll, Somerset
Even if you have never visited the Somerset village of Brent Knoll, you have likely noticed the hill which gave the village its name while driving along the M5 or the A370.
The 137-metre-high hill provides a challenging walk, but the hard work is made worth it by beautiful views across the Severn Estuary towards Wales, further south towards Glastonbury and across to the Mendip Hills.
Brent Knoll itself is a quaint village with some beautiful houses – it is easy to get lost wandering around dreaming of owning one of the stunning homes there.
The Red Cow pub has also been a firm favourite for villagers for years – the pub has a good reputation for food and acts as a cosy place to warm up after a wintery walk up the Knoll.
Banwell, North Somerset
Banwell is a quaint and cosy village which we would highly recommend exploring – but be warned you are bound to fall in love with its many cottages which sit on winding roads.
The village’s church dates back to the 15th century and has a 100ft-high church tower which contains 10 bells from the 18th to 20th centuries.
Banwell Castle is still used as a family home by the Pearson family, but people can stay in the grade-II listed building. Chickens and peacocks run free in its grounds alongside wild deer, pheasants and bats.
To the east of the village is Banwell Wood, with a knoll that was an Iron Age fort where the ramparts can still be seen.