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Shepton Mallet Town in Somerset

Photograph of Shepton Mallet


Shepton Mallet is a market town in the Mendip District of east Somerset. It lies on the River Sheppey, some 5 miles east of the city of Wells and about 18 miles south of Bristol.

The town of Shepton Mallet grew up along the Roman Fosse Way and there are arcaeological finds of this period. The town contains a fine parish church and has a considerable number of listed buildings. Shepton Mallet Prison is England's oldest prison still in use.

The town dates from Neolithic Times but is first recorded as "Scoep-tun", meaning "the sheep enclosure". In 1086, the Domesday Book records it as "Sceaptun". The second part of the name derives from that of the Norman Malet family who took a lease from Glastonbury Abbey around 1100.

Shepton Mallet was an important centre for the wool trade from medieval times and when this declined in the 18th century it was replaced by brewing and cider making.

Today Shepton Mallet is excellently placed to visit Glastonbury and its festival, the Royal Bath and West Agricultural Show and the whole of Somerset, Wiltshire and northern Dorset. Shepton Mallet currently has a population of just under 10,000.

Tourist Information

The nearest source of local information is available from Shepton Mallet Tourist Information Centre.

Events near Shepton Mallet

Mon, 22 Jul - Sun, 06 Oct (ca. 6 km)

'RE-FORMATION' Heritage Courtyard Studios Exhibition

Sat, 21 - Sun, 22 Sep (ca. 4 km)

The Wedding Showcase

Fri, 27 Sep (ca. 16 km)

One Night of Elvis

Sat, 28 - Sun, 29 Sep (ca. 6 km)

Harvest Festival at The Bishops Palace

Sat, 28 Sep (ca. 7 km)

Wells Got Talent in aid of St. Margaret's Hospice

Fri, 1 Nov (ca. 16 km)

The Vienna Festival Ballet presents Snow White

Wed, 13 Nov (ca. 16 km)

David Harper - Unexpected Tales

Sat, 23 Nov (ca. 7 km)

Vintage Somerset Fair

Fri, 29 Nov (ca. 16 km)

Forbidden Nights

Sat, 7 Dec (ca. 16 km)

That'll Be The Day Christmas Show

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Dining out near Shepton Mallet


Goodfellows, Wells


Beah, Wells


The Natterjack Inn, Shepton Mallet


Glencot House, Wookey Hole


Abbey Tea Rooms, Glastonbury

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Shepton Mallet, Wells, Midsomer Norton and Frome.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:

arrowShepton Mallet






Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowShepton Mallet



	arrowCastle Cary


Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet, Wells and Frome.

Nearby Attractions


There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:

Shepton Mallet

	arrowEast Somerset Railway


	arrowBishops Palace and Gardens

	arrowWells and Mendip Museum

	arrowWells Film Centre

	arrowWells Little Theatre

	arrowWookey Hole Caves and Papermill


	arrowGants Mill and Garden

Castle Cary

	arrowCastle Cary Museum




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