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Otherwise known as Somersetshire, the modern county of Somerset covers 1,365 square miles and has a population of 450,000. Somerset is not alone in the fact that it contains no cities and equally not alone in the fact that this apparent deficit is more than adequately atoned for by the presence of some wonderful market towns.

The administration centre of Taunton is equalled in it's beauty by the other major towns of Yeovil, Wells, Bridgewater and Glastonbury (the home many say of Avalon of the Camelot legend).

Somerset is known worldwide as the home of Cider and indeed Cider production is ranked second only to dairy farming as the main industry.

Natural features of the county include the rivers Avon, Exe and Parret, the marshy coastline of the Bristol Channel and the Mendip Hills which include Cheddar Gorge, the origin of English Cheddar cheese.

As with many of England's southern counties Somerset remains a picturesque reminder of the pre-industrial days.

Places to Visit
1 Royal Cresent, Bath, Somerset
The Roman Baths, Bath, Somerset
Barrington Court, Ilminster, Somerset
Beckford's Tower, Bath, Somerset
Bishop's Palace, Well's, Somerset
Claverton Manor, Shrewsbury, Shropshire