History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
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 are illuminated at night, including the buttercross, the inn, and the striking war memorial, so if you get a chance to stroll 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, Montacute House, and Stourhead, to name but a few. It is a lovely old town and a very enjoyable place to visit.
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Address: Somerton, Somerset, England
Attraction Type: Town
Location: At the junction of the B3153, B3151, and B3165. Free parking in the town centre.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Lytes Cary Manor - 3 miles (Historic House)
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Stembridge Windmill - 3.9 miles (Historic Building)
Muchelney Abbey - 4.1 miles (Abbey)
Muchelney Priest's House - 4.1 miles (Historic Building)
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