Somerset, renowned for cider and Cheddar Cheese and famously the birthplace and childhood home of Mary Berry as well as Bill Bailey plus, who could overlook the world-famous Glastonbury Festival. Somerset is a picturesque, rural country with a coastline to the north and some beautiful cities and towns, a real selection box for potential brides when it comes to locations and venues for a wedding.
Somerset is a county in the south-west of England which borders Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Dorset, and Devon. Somerset faces the Severn Estuary and the Bristol Channel in the north and west with its coastline looking towards the south-eastern part of Wales.
The beautiful city of Bath Spa, named after the ancient Roman baths, was created a World Heritage site in 1987 and sits in the valley of the River Avon. Bath is the perfect destination for a bride and groom who want a town wedding with grandeur and style. Timeless and historic buildings offer a classical backdrop for a sophisticated day or you could choose Wells, 22 miles away from Bath, with its magnificent cathedral and Bishop’s Palace. There are smaller locations like Taunton, easily accessible from the M5, with a smaller town feel but plenty of history and fine architecture.
Somerset is a rural county as well as a coastal one and there are pretty villages aplenty such as Cheddar with its famous gorge, Dunster, Crowcombe and Bassington on the edge of Exmoor which offers fabulous views over Porlock Bay. The rich tapestry of villages and ancient farms provides both venue options and lots of different types of accommodation as well as an exciting food scene which is not confined to two of Somerset’s most famous exports, Cheddar Cheese, and cider.
Somerset like any English country with a coastline, has hot spots like Minehead and Weston-super-Mare but is one of the most varied coastlines in the UK with the second highest tidal range in the world. If you are planning on a seascape as a backdrop for your wedding photos, do check the tide tables carefully as sometimes the sea can be surprisingly distant. There are pretty coves and large sandy bays with spectacular views and its not too difficult to find some quiet spots away from the holidaymakers.
For dramatic landscapes and something a little different, consider the Mendip Hills, the Somerset Levels or even Exmoor as the backdrop for your wedding. Somerset is a land of myths and legend and these locations all offer something over and above the cosiness of a country parish, for couples looking for a walk on the wild side.
Located 150 miles from London, Somerset is accessible from the Great Western trainline which runs through the county and stops at all the major cities and towns. The M5 motorway runs through Somerset linking with the Midlands and the north of England and also the south-east and London via the interchange with the M4. Find airports at Bristol, Exeter, Southampton, and Birmingham via the M5 although London Heathrow is a similar distance away via the M4 at just over 100 miles.