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Somerton Town in Somerset

Photograph of Somerton

Location

Somerton was the ancient capital of Wessex and is situated on the River Cary some 9 miles northwest of Yeovil. Somerton was briefly, around the start of the 14th century, the county town of Somerset and has held a weekly market since the Middle Ages. The main square with its market cross is today an attractive location for visitors. The town currently has a population of just under 5,000. The history of Somerton dates back to the Anglo-Saxon era, when it was an important political and commercial centre. A local legend has it that Ine, a Wessex king, was originally a farmer in Somerton. After the Norman conquest of England the importance of the town declined despite being the former county town of Somerset in the late thirteenth century and early fourteenth century. Despite losing county town status, Somerton then became a market town in the Middle Ages, whose economy was supported by transport systems using the River Parrett, and later rail transport via the Great Western Railway, and by light industries including glove making and gypsum mining.

Tourist Information

The nearest source of local information is available from Somerton Tourist Information Point.

Events near Somerton

Sun, 26 Aug (ca. 17 km)

Burtle Annual Flower Show

Fri, 7 Sep - Fri, 12 Oct (ca. 17 km)

Letter Carving in Wood

Sat, 8 Sep (ca. 17 km)

Medieval Falconry Day

Sat, 15 - Sun, 16 Sep (ca. 17 km)

Creative Stone Carving

Sat, 15 Sep - Sun, 25 Nov (ca. 17 km)

'Human Nature' Sculpture Trail

Thu, 1 Aug (ca. 10 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Sat, 1 Aug (ca. 10 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Sun, 1 Aug (ca. 10 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Mon, 1 Aug (ca. 10 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Tue, 1 Aug (ca. 10 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

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Dining out near Somerton

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Halfway House, Langport

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Cardamom, Langport

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Abbey Tea Rooms, Glastonbury

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The Camelot, Yeovil

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Ask, Yeovil, Yeovil

Local Accommodation

Cottages

Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Somerton, Langport, Castle Cary and Street.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

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

arrowSomerton

arrowLangport

arrowShepton Mallet

arrowWells

Hotels

Hotels

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

	arrowSomerton

	arrowStreet

	arrowMartock

	arrowLangport

Caravans

Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Langport, Ilchester, Martock and Yeovil.

Nearby Attractions

Attractions

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

Somerton

	arrowLytes Cary Manor

Ilchester

	arrowIlchester Museum

Langport

	arrowMuchelney Abbey

Street

	arrowClarks Village

	arrowStrode Theatre

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