Local Attractions

Whatever you do and wherever you go during your time in the Somerset, Crossways offers you a comfortable and welcoming base from which to enjoy it all. With Somerset attractions featured in such memorable films as Chocolat, Hot Fuzz, Sense and Sensibility and Elizabeth, you can immerse yourself in the county’s most recognisable scenic backdrops.

Experience the finest of the county with the most popular and interesting destinations within just an hour. Whether you want a place to stay near historic Bath and Wells or you are looking for hotels near Cheddar Gorge or visiting any one of the many landmarks Somerset has to offer, Crossways is an ideal choice. We provide superb family accommodation, great food and fantastic views across the Somerset hills.

Whether you want a stunning backdrop for your corporate event, to indulge in some great shopping, take the children on fun days out, visit local architecture or simply ramble amongst Somerset’s beautiful countryside, Crossways is in just the right place!

Great family days out in the South West

Wookey Hole Caves – just around the corner from The Crossways this is a subterranean mecca for the kids

Cheddar Gorge and Caves – a great venue for a family day out. We are just 30 mins from Cheddar Gorge

The Newt in Somerset is a country estate with splendid gardens, woodland and farmland. 

Longleat Safari Park – a firm favourite of all Somerset attractions. A beautiful stately home and safari park just 20 miles from Crossways

Fleet Air Arm Museum – a 30 minute drive to Europe’s largest Naval Aviation collection

Haines International Motor Museum – just 30 mins away. A living and working Museum, with over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50s and 60s, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars of today, like the Jaguar XJ220 and the Ferrari 360.

Somerset’s historic visitor attractions

The City of Wells: is just ten minutes away by car – explore England’s smallest city, with its fantastic Medieval centre and wide variety of unique shops. It has some wonderful attractions including Wells Cathedral – the seat of the Bishop of Bath & Wells, The Bishops Palace – a stunning medieval palace open for all to enjoy and Vicars Close – the oldest complete medieval street in Europe. On Wednesdays and Saturdays the historic market place is home to one of the best Farmers Markets in the region with over 50 stallholders selling a wide range of local produce. 

Glastonbury Tor: is known as being one of the most spiritual sites in the country, it has been a site of religious significance for over 1000 years. Take a walk up the Tor and take in the stunning views across the Isle of Avalon, Glastonbury and Somerset.

Glastonbury Abbey: like Tintagel in Cornwall, South Cadbury in Somerset and Caerleon in South Wales, is linked by tradition to King Arthur; Glastonbury Abbey is said to have been his final resting place. At one time it was a second wealthiest abbey in Britain.

Bath – Just 25 miles from our doors. You can enjoy its historic Georgian buildings, Roman spa, cathedral, shopping and a great game of rugby!

Cleeve Abbey: With possibly the finest cloister buildings in England, visitors can get a glimpse of monastic life 800 years ago. 15th century refectory with glorious angel roof and 13th century heraldic tiles

Dunster Castle – One of the National Trust’s most stunning Somerset properties within easy reach of The Crossways

Farleigh Hungerford Castle: Impressive 14th century castle with hidden treasures and sinister past. Chapel with rare medieval wall paintings and in the crypt, the best collection of human-shaped lead coffins in Britai

Glastonbury Tribunal: Fine, late 15th century stone townhouse, early Tudor façade and panelled interiors. Home to Glastonbury Lake Village Museum: discover life 2000 years ago when much of Somerset consisted of marshy sea

Meare Fish House: The only surviving monastic fishery building in England, this housed the Abbot of Glastonbury’s water bailiff and provided facilities for fish-salting and drying

Muchelney Abbey: Once a wealthy Benedictine house, the main buildings were demolished by Henry VIII in 1538. See the richly decorated cloister walk and thatched monks’ lavatory – the only one in Britain

Nunney Castle: Picturesque moated castle built in the 1370s. Held for the King during the Civil War, falling to Parliamentarian cannon in 1645: the gun-damaged wall finally collapsing on Christmas Day 1910

Shopping in The South West

Clarks Village, Street – 15 mins from The Crossways, this is a bargain hunters dream with well known outlet stores

Southgate, Bath – historic Bath offers some of the best shopping in The South West

Cabot Circus, Bristol – less than an hour from The Crossways, this offers great shopping, restaurants and family entertainment

Stunning Somerset scenery

Glastonbury Tor – the stunning backdrop to The Crossways roof terrace. Find out more about the Tor on the National Trust website.

The Mendip Hills – just a short drive away, an ancient range of hills designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A stunning landscape of steep slopes and undulating plateau punctuated by spectacular gorges and rocky outcrops.

Somerset shows and events

Glastonbury Festival – A world famous performing arts festival that takes place every year near Pilton in Somerset It’s probably best known for music but you can also see dance, comedy and theatre acts

Bath and West Showground – The Crossways is ideal if you’re looking for a place to stay, somewhere to eat or have a drink. Find out more about the show at the Bath & West website.

For more information on everything Somerset has to offer check out Visit Somerset.