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From Bristol: Somerset and Glastonbury Day Tour

1. From Bristol: Somerset and Glastonbury Day Tour

Leaving Bristol behind, it’s time to explore the city of Wells. It may not seem big enough to be a city, but Wells has held city status since medieval times due to the presence of Wells Cathedral. Take a wander around England’s smallest city and take in the beautiful cathedral that has been used as a filming location in many films, including The Huntsman: A Winter’s Tale and the TV show Wolf Hall. Next, it’s Glastonbury, a stop you won’t want to miss because there’s so much to do here. You can choose to hike up to Glastonbury Tor for an incredible view of the countryside. Take a peaceful stroll around the Chalice Well, which has links to King Arthur and the waters of Avalon. Explore the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey. Or simply wander the streets and try not to spend all your money. Time to quench your thirst at Burrow Hill Cider Farm, a stunning apple orchard that sits on 180 acres in beautiful Somerset. They’ve been pressing cider for over 200 years, so it’s no surprised they were granted the UK’s first ever full cider-distilling license back in 1989. Enjoy a tasting in the shop or even simply wander the lovely orchard grounds. The last stop of the day is a visit to the village of Cheddar. We know what you’re thinking: is the whole place made of cheese? If only. However, you should definitely get yourself some cheese while in town. This is a beautiful little spot and we know you’ll have a great time exploring it. Not to mention, we take a scenic drive through the jaw-dropping Cheddar Gorge before we head back to Bristol.

From Bath: Private Wells and Cheddar Gorge Trip with Pickup

2. From Bath: Private Wells and Cheddar Gorge Trip with Pickup

The drive into Somerset from Bath will sweep you through the picturesque scenery of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In Wells, enjoy a private walking tour of the historic center. The city, which can be traced back to Roman times, takes its name from the freshwater springs which continue to well up in the gardens of the moated Bishop’s residence. This magnificent early English Gothic Style Cathedral has been described as “the most poetic of the English Cathedrals” and is famous for its scissor arches, clock, stunning chapter house and stained-glass windows. Adjoining the Cathedral is Vicars’ Close, a charming cluster of houses frozen in time from the 14th C and believed to be the oldest residential street left in England. The mediaeval palace has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for more than 800 years. Walk over the beautiful moat and drawbridge, where you might catch the resident swans ringing a bell for lunch as they have done for generations. After lunch, the tour will continue towards Cheddar Gorge, which is one of England’s most iconic and spectacular landscapes that boasts the highest inland limestone cliffs in the UK. As far back as the late Middle Ages, local cheesemakers used caves in the towering cliffs of Cheddar Gorge as natural refrigerators. Visit the only cheesemaker left in the village and discover how their award-winning cheeses are still made in the traditional way. Savour a selection of authentic cheddar cheese, as it should taste. Stroll through the 17th C. village of Cheddar with its gift shops full of local goods and produce. The water mills and cottages have long since been converted into enticing shops and quaint tea rooms. Stunning panoramic views await you from the top of the gorge cliffs, where you can appreciate some of the local flora and fauna if you choose to walk up the path. This 20/25 minute uphill hike is only suitable for those with moderate fitness and requires sturdy footwear. It's well worth the effort. **PLEASE NOTE that children aged 12 years or under are not permitted on this tour due to UK child seat law restrictions. Your driver-guide is neither insured nor licensed below this threshold.

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