Places to visit

Wyvern Apartment is a perfect central base for exploring many areas of Somerset, Dorset and Devon where you will find lots of interesting places to visit and local events all year.

Visit the Coast

 

While your here why not take a drive down to the spectacular south coast. There is plenty to do and many coastal towns are within an easy drive from Yeovil for a lovely day out. Why not try your hand at fossil hunting as many of the below are part of the world famous Jurassic coast. 

-Lyme Regis is a quaint little coastal town with a lovely sandy beach where the whole family can spend a day at the seaside

-West Bay is another lovely small harbour town to visit where the popular television series "Broadchurch" was cast.

-Weymouth has long stretches of beach and plenty to do along the beach as well as in and around the town.

-Durdle Door (pictured) and Lulworth Cove are both beautiful and dramatic parts of the Jurassic Coast. Durdle features a natural limestone arch rising out of the sea, you can either take the staircase down to the pebble beach or enjoy the stunning views with a walk along the cliffs. The village of Lulworth Cove has retained all of its traditional English seaside charm, you could spend the day pottering around this tiny village and natural beautiful cove and soaking in the atmosphere.

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Fleet Air Arm Museum

 

The Fleet Air Arm Museum will thrill the whole family. Get up close and personal with Europe's largest collection of Naval aircraft and see the first British Concorde.You'll 'Fly' by helicopter to the replica flight deck of the Ark Royal where two enormous projection screens show aircraft taking off and landing. Witness an air sea rescue when a Buccaneer is lost over the side into the sea. There's even a nuclear bomb.Situated alongside RNAS Yeovilton, you may also see aircraft flying in and out.Visit The Fleet Air Arm Museum. The thrill is being there. Opening hours 10:00 am to 4.30pm November until March and 10:00am to 5.30pm April to October.

Distance: 7.4 Miles --- Car travel Time: Approx 15m

Trip Advisor rating - 4.5 out of 5 stars

Haynes Motor Museum

 

The Haynes International Motor Museum is the UK's largest collection of the greatest cars from around the world with over 400 amazing cars and bikes from the dawn of motoring in the late 1800s through nostalgic classics of the 1950s and 1960s, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to world renowned super cars like the Jaguar XJ220.

Located just off the A303 at Sparkford in Somerset the Museum currently offers 19 individual exhibitions and it is very much a “Museum in Motion” with tours, talks and activities for families, children and enthusiasts alike. Packed with precious metal, the Haynes International Motor Museum is truly a world class motor museum.

Distance: 8.8 Miles --- Car travel Time: Approx 20m

Trip Advisor rating - 4.5 out of 5 stars

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National Trust

There are many National Trust places to visit from Tudor houses and hidden gardens to tors, gorges and natural piers. Montacute House, Barrington Court, Lytes Cary Manor, Glastonbury Tor and Stourhead are just some of the National trust places in the area and are all well worth a visit. 

 

-Montacute House is a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, glow of ham stone and surrounding gardens, it is a place of beauty and wonder completed in 1601. The house was a statement of wealth, ambition and showmanship.

A beautiful garden surrounds Montacute House, constantly changing, filling the house with scent in summer and providing an atmospheric backdrop for a winter walk.

 

Distance: 4 Miles --- Car travel Time Approx 12 minutes

Trip Advisor rating - 4.5 out of 5 stars

 - Stourhead At this world-famous landscape garden with magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and rare and exotic trees. The autumn colours are particularly spectacular. Stourhead house was one of the first grand Palladian-style villas to be built in England.

 

Distance: 30 Miles --- Car travel Time Approx 35 minutes

Trip Advisor rating - 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Fancy some retail therapy?

Clarks Village, Street, Somerset

 

Clarks Village is an outlet shopping village. It includes over 90 high street and designer retailers offering up to whopping 60% discount over normal high street retail shops, it also contains a number of coffee shops, restaurants and food shops. Also nearby the shopping village is the town of Glastonbury, well known for its famous music festival but also known for its ancient and medieval sites, many rich in myth. Glastonbury Tor is a tower-topped hill linked to Arthurian legend, overlooking the marshy Somerset Levels. Once said to be King Arthur’s burial place, Glastonbury Abbey is a ruined monastery dating to the 7th century. Nearby, centuries-old Glastonbury Tribunal has a museum with Iron Age artefacts.

Distance: 16 Miles --- Car travel Time: Approx 30m

Have A Day In Yeovil

Why not have a day in Yeovil exploring the High Street for some local cafe's, the market stalls and restaurants as well as plenty of retail therapy all located within the main town centre. 

Nine springs is an excellent country park taking you deep into nature for a nice stroll whilst never leaving the comfort of the town. Enjoy a game of bowling at Hollywood Bowl located at the Yeo Leisure Park followed by a bit of downtime at the cineworld 10 screen cinema.

For the evenings why not try eating out at some of the fantastic local eateries and check to see what's on during your stay at the Octagon theatre.

Distance: 1 Miles --- Within Walking Distance

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Donkey Sanctury and Sidmouth

Visit The Donkey Sanctuary and find hundreds of donkeys and mules waiting to meet you. The Donkey sanctuary is open every day from 9am to 5pm and admission is free. The Kitchen restaurant at the sanctuary is a good place to get a lovely, freshly made lunch with beautiful countryside views. 

You could combine your trip with a visit to the seaside town of Sidmouth which is a gateway to the Jurassic Coast. We highly recommend a visit to the Clock Tower cafe within the  Connaught gardens where you can enjoy a relaxing cream tea of enjoy a huge slice of one of their many cakes on offer. 

The high street in Sidmouth is also a lovely place to wander around with a mix of big brand shops to unique, independent stores.

Distance: 41 Miles --- Car travel Time Approx 1hr 

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Wookey Hole Caves, Wells

Amazing Caves & Tunnels, 4D Cinema & Witch’s Laboratory, Valley of the Dinosaurs, King Kong,  Fairy Gardens, Cave Diving Museum, Cave Museum, Paper Making Demonstrations, Paper Making Museum, Wizard’s Play Castle, Mirror Maze, Vintage Penny Arcade, Pirate Zap Zone,  Pirate Island Adventure Golf, Caves Video Presentation, Circus Show, Witch of Wookey Hole, Dino Dig

Distance: 24 Miles --- Car travel Time Approx 50m 

Trip Advisor rating - 4 out of 5 stars

Roman Baths, Bath (Over 1 hour)

Firstly this one is slightly over our 1 hour drive limit however we felt we had to include it as we feel its worth the extra drive.

The Roman Baths and museum is one of the most popular heritage attractions in the UK.

The Roman Baths complex is a site of historical interest in the English city of Bath. The house is a well-preserved Roman site for public bathing. There are four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the museum, holding finds from Roman Bath. 

The Baths are a major tourist attraction and, together with the Grand Pump Room, receive more than one million visitors a year. An audio guide is available in 12 languages.

Distance: 46 Miles --- Car travel Time Approx 1hr 10 min

Trip Advisor rating - 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Happyard Alpaca Walking, near Dorchester

Enjoy some Alpaca fun and learn some interesting facts about these intriguing animals. You will then be given a leson on how to walk them before enjoying taking one for a stroll around the estate. This activity will need to be pre-booked but it is a great fun activity. 

Longleat Safari - UK's No1 Safari Park

(As seen on TV's - Animal Park)

Enter a land of adventure. Where lions roam. Tigers stalk. And monkeys swing. Travel through time in a grand stately home. Lose yourself in one of the magical mazes. Hold exotic creatures from the ends of the Earth.

Longleat is set in more than 900 acres of Capability Brown-landscaped parkland, Longleat was the first safari park to open outside Africa, 40 years ago. There are lions, tigers, rhino and giraffe, a safari boat can be taken to see the seals and Gorilla Island, which is home to a pair of cossetted lowland gorillas whose creature comforts include computer games and satellite television. A miniature railway, butterfly garden and maze are among the attractions, a great whole day out for the whole family.

Distance: 36 Miles --- Car travel Time: Approx 55m

Trip Advisor rating - 4.6 out of 5 stars

Abbotsbury Swannery and Subtropical Gardens

Abbotsbury Swannery is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. A visit to this beautiful place is considered to be one of the best things to do in Dorset.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens are one of Britain's best-known and best-loved gardens. A botanical treasure-trove, with charming walled garden walks and spectacular woodland valley views. 

If you purchase your tickets for both of these attractions at the same time then they offer a 25% dual ticket discount.

Distance: 25 Miles --- Car travel Time Approx 43 min

Trip Advisor rating - 4.5 out of 5 stars

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