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 EventsFootprint of the Abbey - Exhibition by Areté Visual Arts
Footprint of the Abbey - Exhibition by Areté Visual Arts
11th February 2017 - 21st May 2017 at Glastonbury Abbey

A group of local artists have explored the abbey’s ‘footprint’ on its immediate setting and the wider locality to create... Read more

It's Behind You
It's Behind You
4th March 2017 - 20th May 2017 at Frome Museum

The "It's Behind You" exhibition at Frome Museum will be a celebration of the history of the Frome Musical Theatre... Read more

Planting the Medieval Kitchen Garden
Planting the Medieval Kitchen Garden
3rd May 2017 at Glastonbury Abbey

This course is part of our project to recreate a medieval garden and will be using plants which have been chosen for their medieval... Read more

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