Living in Somerset

Somerset is a county of incredible contrasts; complete with beaches, caves, moors, a beautiful stretch of coastline, the unique Somerset Levels, areas of outstanding natural beauty and a National Park, Exmoor. As well as historic villages and bustling market towns, all containing rich heritage and legend.

In 2016 National Geographic Traveller rated Somerset number 11 on ‘The Cool List’ of must see destinations, beating Rio de Janeiro and the Great Barrier Reef!!

Access to London and beyond

Somerset has easy access routes to the rest of the country.

London is less than 2 hours away by train.

Exeter is just over half an hour by car.

Bristol is just under 30 minutes away by train.

Plus, Bristol Airport and Exeter Airport are both easily accessed from the M5. And there’s an increasing number of destinations being added to their flight lists, including most of Europe, some North African countries and the USA.

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House prices

For information on local house prices across Somerset, click here.

Schools

There are 264 state funded schools in the county, including academies, free and special schools.
More than 90 per cent of schools in Somerset are judged to be good or better, higher than the south west average of 89 per cent, and the national average of 84 per cent. (Figures from April 2016). There are also four private schools.
The county has four further education colleges and a University Centre. Other universities close by include Plymouth University, University of Exeter, UWE Bristol and Bournemouth University.

Attractions

Food and drink: Somerset offers some of the best local produce in the country, from farmers’ markets to Somerset specialities like Cheddar Cheese and farmhouse cider.
Festivals: The county hosts the world famous Glastonbury Festival, which attracts more than 170,000 visitors every year. In 2019 Taunton hosted Tom Jones and Madness in the town’s Vivary Park.
Sport: Taunton is home to Somerset County Cricket Club, which was a venue for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The Quantocks Hills, just outside Taunton, are very popular with walkers and mountain bikers.
Heritage: Somerset has around 11500 listed buildings, 523 scheduled monuments, 192 conservation areas, 41 parks and gardens, 36 English Heritage sites and 19 National Trust sites. And there’s the historic West Somerset Railway, which offers regular steam train journeys from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead.
You can find all Somerset’s attractions on www.visitsomerset.co.uk