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 EventsUnwrapped and in the spotlight
Unwrapped and in the spotlight
23rd May 2017 - 31st August 2017 at Frome Museum

The majority of museums contain far more objects than they can possible display to the public. Frome Museum is no exception.... Read more

The Past in the Present Exhibition
The Past in the Present Exhibition
27th May 2017 - 24th September 2017 at Glastonbury Abbey

The abbey ruins have provided an exciting starting point for an exhibition of ceramics by two Somerset potters. The work of Elizabeth... Read more

Deborah Westmancoat
Deborah Westmancoat
5th June 2017 - 30th July 2017 at Bruton Museum

Deborah Westmancoat is a contemporary painter based in Somerset. Samples of site and weather specific waters – flood, rain,... Read more

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