Wells is the smallest city in England and boasts one of its most beautiful cathedrals. Wells cathedral took 250 years to build, and it replaced an old cathedral that was pulled down by Bishop Reginal de Bolun around 1180. The stone to build the cathedral was brought from Doulting (a village just up the hill from Red Tiles). The cathedral has over 400 carved figures on the West Front, an unusual clock on the North transept and a stunning and unique interior.
You should also make time for The Bishop's Palace, St Cuthberts Church, Wells Museum and Wells Market, which is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Mix a history lesson with fun! Wookey Hole is a place of mystery and legend. You can go on a guided tour and find out all about the people who lived in this cave - such as the Wookey Witch! There is amazing scenery including the River Axe which passes through the caves. The site is open all year round with special ghost tours at nightime between the 1st of July and the start of September.
Glastonbury is approximately 10 miles away and is home to the world famous Glastonbury Tor. Walk up the hill to take in the amazing views of Somerset. There is plenty of mystery surrounding the Tor and there are many myths and legends attached to it. The ruins of Glastonbury abbey are very atmospheric and the town also hosts the Somerset Rural life museum and the Chalice Well. The town itself is great for shopping, and has many shops specialising in the New Age culture as well as myths & legends. Close to Glastonbury are the nature reserves on the Somerset levels, home to cranes, bitterns and the amazing winter murmurations of starlings.
Axbridge is the smallest town in England and is steeped in history. It is home to King John's Hunting Lodge (a late Medieval merchant's house) which is now a museum of local history. Axbridge is a very pretty town with tudor style houses and lovely little shops - perfect for that holiday souvenir!
Cheddar is home to Britain's largest gorge. There is so much to see here: you can go inside the caves and see unbelievable rock formations, mirror-like pools untouched for thousands of years and the biggest underground river in Britain, or go to the Cheddar Yeo and meet Britain's oldest skeleton (Cheddar Man) believed to be over 9,000 years old!
There are plenty of walks such as Ebbor Gorge (near Wells) and cycle routes. The Somerset Levels (untouched marshland) are amazingly flat so cycling is easy.
There are many towns within easy driving distance to satisfy any shoppaholics. From Wells with its local market twice a week and its pretty shops to Bath and Bristol with their major shopping streets. The famous Clarks' outlet village is approximately 13 miles away in Street and this has a vast amount of your standard high street shops selling items at very discounted prices - clothing, electronics, toys, homeware and of course shoes! You are sure to find something for everyone and see plenty of sites and beautiful countryside along the way.
Red Tiles Barn is well situated for visiting many of the most beautiful and famous houses and gardens in the South West including Montacute House, Stourhead, Barrington Court, Lytes Cary,Tyntesfield, Hestercombe, Forde Abbey and East Lambrook. For further information on National Trust properties click onto www.nationaltrust.co.uk
There are many beaches in the Somerset area. Weston-super-Mare is about an hour's drive and has a traditional resort beach, which is sandy with excellent facilities. It is an ideal location for families, there is a wide, level promenade, a land train and other attractions including a newly rebuilt pier which boasts lots of rides and attractions, a sea-life centre and the famous Weston Donkeys. There are plenty of seafront events held throughout the year. Along from Weston you will find a fantastic stretch of unbroken sand from Brean to Burnham on Sea, one of the longest such in Europe. Weymouth on the Dorset coast is easily accessible by a direct train from Castle Cary station.