To the west of the county, you’ll find the Exmoor National Park and two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty with panoramic views, and where you might be fortunate to spot wild Exmoor ponies or red deer. With so much diversity and steeped in history and heritage the area has much to explore from its many walking trails, pretty market towns with traditional thatched cottages, the longest heritage steam railway in the UK, and dramatic coastline with a few fossil beaches. Discover some of the finest landscapes, impressive attractions including Dunster castle, as well as the county’s vibrant town, Taunton.

Highlights include: Minehead, Porlock Weir, Dunster and Castle, Taunton, Exmoor National Park, Quantock Hills with its Jurassic coast, Blackdown Hills, The Museum of Somerset, England Coast Path, South West Coast Path, The Coleridge Way, Wimbleball Lake and the West Somerset Railway.

For more information about things to see and do, food and drink, and places to stay, please go to:

Information Centres

Somerset West and Taunton supports a number of information centres across the area.

These include:

Exmoor National Park also runs National Park Centres at Dulverton and Dunster.

Centres can help with your questions on where to stay, what to do, local history, walks and events.

For all general visitor related enquiries to Somerset West and Taunton area, please email:

Last reviewed: March 24, 2023 by Jenny

Next review due: September 24, 2023

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