St Andrew's Holy Well in Stogursey dates to at least the 15th century and probably much earlier. There are two springs, each emptying into a stone cistern. The holy well is reached through an ornamental gateway erected in 1870 by the owner of Fairfield. St Andrew's Lane, Stogursey, Somerset, England
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St Andrew's began as a 12th-century monastic church, a daughter house of Lonlay Priory in Normandy. It boasts 14th and 15th-century effigies of the Verney family, lords of the manor, 16th-century carved bench ends, and a pair of Norman fonts. Look for the medieval sanctuary ring affixed to a crossing pillar. Church Street, Stogursey, Somerset, England, TA5 1RG
Sutton Mallet is a small Somerset village lying between Sedgemoor and the Polden Hills. For centuries the medieval church here served as a landmark for travellers crossing the Sedgemoor plain. The road running beside the churchyard connects up to the network of old drove roads across Sedgemoor. Sutton Mallet, Somerset, England, TA7 9AT
St James is a restored medieval church that may be the oldest in Taunton, but the oldest part of the present building is 12th century. The striking tower overlooks the Somerset County Cricket Club ground. The historical highlight is a beautifully carved 15th-century font and there is also a pulpit dated 1633. St James Street, Taunton, Somerset, England, TA1 1JS
St Mary Magdalene is a magnificent late medieval church with the highest tower in Somerset and unusual double aisles. Inside the church are remains of an earlier 12th-century building. Most of the interior furnishings are Victorian, including a superb reredos behind the altar. Church Square, Taunton, Somerset, England, TA1 1SA
At first glance, the west tower of Thurlbear's church seems oddly out of touch with the rest of this country church. The tower is 15th century and rises in three stages to a battlemented top. It is built of pale limestone, while the low nave and chancel are built of reddish stone, giving the whole building a peculiar two-toned effect. Thurlbear, Somerset, England, TA3 5BW
St Nicholas church is isolated from the intriguingly named village of Uphill, and stands on a rise just south of Weston-super-Mare, with views over the Somerset marshes and out over the Bristol Channel and the ancient Roman port of Axium. Uphill Way, Uphill, Somerset, England, BS23 4TH
A landmark for visitors to Exmoor, Upton Tower is the only remaining part of a 14th-century church. The church fell out of use in the Victorian period when a new church was built by the main road through Upton village in 1867, and the body of the old building was eventually pulled down, leaving only the tower, sometimes called Upton Old Church. Eastmoor Lane, Upton, Somerset, England, TA4 2JG
St Decuman's Church recalls the 5th-century Welsh saint who settled here by an ancient holy well. Look for memorial brasses and tombs of the Wyndham family, lords of the manor, and 13th-century floor tiles from Cleeve Abbey. The base of a medieval screen survives, as well as 13th-century glass depicting Edward I's arms. Brendon Road, Watchet, Somerset, England, TA23 0HU
One of the finest early Gothic cathedrals in Europe, Wells is famed for its extraordinary west front, replete with carved statues of Biblical figures, and for its superb chapter house, reached by a worn, curving set of stone steps. The nave is braced by unique scissor vault, pierced by huge round eyelets. In the north transept is a 14th century mechanical clock. The best views of the cathedral are from the moated Bishop's Palace next door, home of the powerful bishops of Bath and Wells since the 10th century.
The George at Nunney has nine guest rooms, including the romantic four-poster Trafalgar Suite. Rated 3*** by the English Tourism Council, this is the ideal bed and breakfast hotel near Longleat Safari Park, Bath and Frome for exploring the West Country.