Living and working in Somerset

Super-tasty Cheddar cheese and thirst-slaying cider. Glastonbury Festival and world-famous Carnival. And anyone for cricket?

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Somerset is alive with music, literature and art, from Glastonbury Festival and the much-loved Wurzels to landscapes that have been inspiring famous authors and poets for generations – not to mention cave art dating as far back as 7000 BC. Glastonbury Festival is the Big One. Attracting more than 170,000 people each year, it’s the UK’s most famous festival and has seen some of the world’s largest performers grace its iconic Pyramid Stage. But it’s not Somerset’s only headliner. Other must-sees include The Royal Bath & West Show, Wells Literature Festival, and Frome Festival.

Somerset is home to a staggering 11,500 listed buildings and 532 scheduled monuments, and a further 36 English Heritage Sites and 19 National Trust sites. You’ll also find a variety of museums, including Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes International Motor Museum, and the Roman Baths.

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House and rental prices

House prices

In 2020, the most property sales in Somerset involved:

Detached properties: average price of £450,560
Semi-detached properties: average price of £285,530
Terraced properties: average price of £261,243

Somerset, with an overall average house price of £326,392, was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby Wiltshire (£319,768) but was cheaper than Bristol (£358,332) and Dorset (£367,191).

Data provided by (2020)

Rental prices

In 2020, the most typical rental properties in Somerset included:

Rooms: average rent of £586 per month
Flat: average rent of £967 per month
House: average rent of £1395 per month
Data provided by (2020)