About Somerset Routes

Where in the world could you find a Bakelite coffin, the oldest manmade road in Britain, the largest collection of Naval aircraft in Europe or early Victorian prosthetic limbs?

You might be surprised to find out the answer is Somerset!

What is Somerset Routes?

For a county with a history as rich and diverse as its countryside, Somerset boasts an amazing number of museums and heritage attractions. Somerset Routes is a unique map and guide which highlights over 100 of the county's best heritage sites to visit.

Taking the form of a ‘tube map’, the county has been broken down into seven different lines to travel on, spread across the county and taking in the best sights and things to do. Each line takes you to the museums, historic railways, castles, gardens, stately homes and archaeological sites that make Somerset’s heritage unique.

How you can use this website

This website offers you the chance to explore the heritage of the county in many different ways.

Partners

Somerset Routes is a partnership project between Somerset County Council and the Museums in Somerset group, which has been running since 2008. It has been funded by Renaissance in the Regions, a programme of support for museums across the country provided by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). From 2012 the Renaissance in the Regions programme is administered by Arts Council England.

Arts Council England     Somerset Heritage & Libraries Service, Somerset County Council     

Upcoming EventsWoven Windows
Woven Windows
4th November 2017 - 25th January 2018 at Bruton Museum

Chris Black "Old carpets and textiles have a simple power; glowing colours on soft wool and mysterious designs. I have... Read more

Christmas at Haynes
Christmas at Haynes
2nd December 2017 - 23rd December 2017 at Haynes International Motor Museum

Santa’s elves are back! Calling all kids – While making the toys and experiencing the chaos of Christmas, some of Santa’s... Read more

Make a Christmas tree decoration at Glastonbury Abbey
Make a Christmas tree decoration at Glastonbury Abbey
2nd December 2017 at Glastonbury Abbey

Make a Christmas tree decoration (11.00 - 13.00). It’s Christmas time; join us for this Advent Activity in the museum. A moment... Read more

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