Places to visit

Some of our guests favourite places to visit

Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Gorge is 14 miles and one of the natural wonders of Britain with its stunning views and show caves.  It makes a fun day out for all the family and to top it all.  It’s a beautiful drive across the Mendip Hills.  Passing the village of priddy, and the Roman lead workings at Charterhouse

Longleat house (the home of Lord Bath)

Longleat offers a fantastic day out for the whole family with riverboat rides, a tour of the safari park visit to the house, and many other attractions including the world-famous Longleat maize (if you’ve got plenty of time on your hands). I still get lost every time I venture in. 17 miles

Stourhead House & Garden

Inspired by the great landscape painters of the 17th century, lying in its own valley, Stourhead is one of the worlds finest landscaped gardens. With enchanting grottos, classical temples, rare and exotic trees surrounding a fairytale lake. The gardens are laid out with a set of winding paths that bring you from one awe-inspiring vista to another. Somewhere to visit throughout the seasons. I particularly like spring and autumn with the stunning colours of the Japanese Maple. 17 miles from our B&B

The Fleet Air Arm Museum

an absolute must see for all the boys, and maybe the girls to. You get to walk through Concord 002 . Get up close to a fantastic collection of warbirds and enjoy all the interactive displays, and once you finish, you can go outside and watch the Royal Navy practice take-off and landing for real, and only 16 miles

Clarks Village Outlet shopping

something for the girls. Not my favourite place, but my dear wife seems rather fond of visiting, its jammed packed full of designer names at a fraction of their high street price. Although personally most of the names mean nothing to me, I usually just sneak off and have a burger. A little compromise goes a long way, if a day at Clarks Village gets you a visit to the Fleet Air Arm Museum or the Haynes motor Museum its a price worth paying. 11 miles from the old Masonic Lodge B&B passing Glastonbury Tor on the way.

Haynes motor Museum Sparkford

Well, what can I say . Just about every car and motorcycle I ever dreamt of owning .  From Formula 1 to Stanley steam car it’s got the lot, an absolute Mecca for petrol heads and just 13 miles away from the old Masonic Lodge bed and breakfast in somerset

Tyntesfield

A spectacular Gothic revival house, created by William Gibbs, who built his fortune on fertiliser. Spiralling turrets and pinnacles, ornate stone carvings and church-like windows, giving the feel of a mysterious, fairytale mansion. With terraced lawns and sprawling parkland. It makes a wonderful setting for a picnic, one of the National trust’s finest properties. I find myself drawn back again and again. It’s another must see. Well worth the 25 mile drive.

Kilver Court Designer Village, and gardens, shepton mallet

Kilver Court Is the outlet village for many luxury designer brands and and a major draw for those that must have the right label.

The gardens which sit under an old viaduct of the Somerset and Dorset Railway are absolutely stunning. Originally created by the showering’s, a family of brewers famous for Babycham.

Kilver Court Is on the outskirts of Shepton Mallet and walking distance from the old Masonic Lodge

Wookey Hole Caves and Attractions

A visit to wookey is more than just a visit to the caves although they are fascinating on their own. There is a huge array of children’s activities including a mirror maze, vintage Penny Arcade, circus and so much more. The paper mill make some of the finest handmade paper in the country, and is certainly worth a visit. The cave system itself is still largely unexplored and only accessible to divers. Tunnels have been bored to allow public access to some of the chambers without getting wet! parts of the cave are still used for maturing Cheddar cheese. Wookey is around 7 1/2 miles from the old Masonic Lodge

Glastonbury Tor and town

Glastonbury Tor is one of the truly iconic Somerset landmarks and well worth the huffing and puffing to walk to the top. With panoramic views from the Mendip Hills to the east, the Quantocks to the west, and on a good day the Welsh coast to the north.

Glastonbury town is a great place to let the hippie inside you out for the day, with its crystal shops and buskers and quite an array of alternative life styles, and a visit to the Abbey ruins is always interesting. The tor is only 8.4 miles away.

Full steam ahead

The East Somerset Railway is a lovely afternoon out, you can visit the engine shed and see restorations in progress the friendly staff will answer all your questions. A single ticket lets you ride the short line as many times as you like and only 3 1/2 miles away

The West Somerset Railway Is a must visit if it’s all about the ride with over 20 miles of track running from bishops Lydiard to Minehead passing Dunster Castle along the Somerset coast. It’s one of Britain’s longest full gauge heritage lines. I was lucky enough to get a footplate ride! It’s 35 miles away and definitely worth the drive.

Shepton Mallet Market

Shepton market is the centre of town around the historic market Cross and just a short walk from the old Masonic Lodge. It’s held every Friday from 9am – 2pm. This historic market dates back to the year 1318! The Sunday market takes place on the third Sunday of the month. From 10am- 3pm

Collet park shepton mallet

Collet park is a truly stunning park for a small town and well worth a visit with it’s bandstand, park Cafe, children’s play area and pond where the Shepton Mallet drifters meet to sail model boats. There is a park run on Saturday mornings as well as many other events throughout the year.

Weston super Mare

Is one of our larger seaside towns and somewhere where it’s easy to keep the children entertained. With attractions like the grand Pier and donkey rides on the beach. If you’re going for a traditional bucket and spade day out splashing in the waves, it’s essential to check the tide times. The Bristol Channel has one of the world’s largest tidal ranges so when the tide is in there are beautiful sandy beaches and waves gently splashing on the shore, however when the tide is out it’s a long way out with a dangerous band of mud between you and the waves. 27 miles from here.

Wells

Wells is one of England’s smallest cities and definitely worth a visit. Most people know about the 780+ year old cathedral which is absolutely beautiful although are unaware of the vicars’ close, a planned street of the 14th century, which is the oldest residential street with original buildings surviving intact in Europe.

The Bishop’s Palace gives you another opportunity to step back in time with it’s mote and castle-like entrance. Home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years. 5.3 miles from the old Masonic Lodge and an easy cycle ride

Stonehenge

A lot of our guests decide to visit Stonehenge. Dating back to the Neolithic age it’s somewhere we should all visit once. Unfortunately it’s not quite the experience it used to be. Although the visitor centre is very interesting and educational, the days of wandering through the stones are long gone. It’s become something of a cash cow for English Heritage.

Avebury henge

At Avebury henge on the other hand you can still walk right up to the stones of this vast circle with the village in the middle and completely immerse yourself in the experience. What’s more it’s free! and there’s a pub. You can even have a cream tea at the Manor house. Avebury henge is 41 miles from us and Stonehenge is 48 miles.

Bath

People have inhabited Bath for millennia. With its natural hot springs made famous by the Roman baths and some of the finest Georgian architecture in Britain, like the Royal Crescent, still looking as it did when it was built and the Robert Adam designed Pulteney Bridge which evolved from the Palladian revival style. When visiting Bath I would recommend the park-and-ride. Trying to park in the city centre is a nightmare and expensive, with parking wardens hiding around every corner. The park-and-ride shuttle buses are very regular and drop you right into the city. The best park-and-ride from us is Old Down, which is 15 miles

Please note we have done our utmost to keep all the information here accurate, although we cannot guarantee this. These listings are here solely to give you ideas. Please contact places direct and do your own research before making bookings or departing for one of the locations.