Somerton
Somerton
Known as the Ancient Royal Town of Wessex, Somerton is an ancient market town set upon a hilltop high above the surrounding countryside. Somerton dates back to the Roman period, when there were a number of villas in the region, but was not until the Roman's departed that the town really began to prosper. The West Saxons moved in after the Romans moved out, and the Saxons destroyed most of the Roman villas. Somerton became a possession of the kings of Wessex, and it eventually became their capital.
At the centre of the town is a delightful market square, with an arched medieval buttercross facing The White Horse Inn, an old coaching inn dating to the 15th century. Also on the square is the old town hall, almshouses, and the courthouse (now a display area for local craftspeople). A number of the buildings around the square a illuminated at night, including the buttercross, inn, and the striking war memorial, so if you get a chance to strolll around the market square in the evening, do take it - it is quite a sight!

Nearby is the parish church of St Michael and All Angels, which dates to the 13th century. The timber roof is wonderful, and there are a number of quite beautiful carved wooden figures decorating the interior.

Somerton is well positioned for access to a number of local attractions, including Glastonbury Abbey and Tor, Lytes Cary manor house, Monatcute House, a Stourhead, to name but a few. It is a lovely old town, and a very enjoyable place to visit.