Mill Meadow is in a great, peaceful location at the foot of the Quantocks with miles of footpaths and quiet roads to explore on foot, bike or horseback.
We strongly recommend that you go to www.visitsomerset.co.uk where you will find useful information to help you make the most of your holiday or visit the staff at the TIC in Taunton – the local experts.
In nearby Taunton you will find great shopping and the Somerset County Cricket Ground, several theatres, a multi screen cinema, bowling alley, spas and just out of town a polo ground and several golf courses. There is also a comprehensive year round events programme.
The coast is also close by if you fancy a day at the beach surfing or just enjoying a good book in the sun.
Attractions and activities in the area include:
Quantock Hills: The hills surrounding Mill Meadow was the first site in England to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, inspiring the poetry of both Coleridge and Wordsworth. (www.quantockonline.co.uk)
Hestercombe: Unique collection of three gardens spanning three centuries of garden history and design. All have undergone acclaimed restoration works. With over fifty acres of lakes, temples, cascades, woodland walks, formal terraces, vivid colours, plus amazing views. Excellent café and dogs welcome. (www.hestercombe.com) 2.6 miles
Fyne Court: National Trust and Somerset Wildlife Trust. Pleasure grounds of pioneer 19th-century electrician, Andrew Cross, now a nature reserve. Headquarters of Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty also has a Visitor’s Centre for the lovely Quantocks countryside. Address: Fyne Court, Broomfield, TA5 2EQ. Tel: 01823 652400 (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fyne-court/) 2.4 miles
The Museum of Somerset: – Home of the “Frome Hoard”, which is the largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in a single container in Britain. Entry is free. Address: Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton, TA1 4AA. Tel: 01823 255088. (www.somerset.gov.uk) 3 miles
West Somerset Railway: Steam Trains to the seaside. England’s longest and best heritage railway. 10 stations linked by a 20 mile scenic journey through the Quantocks Hills to the seaside. The nearest station to us is Bishops Lydeard Station. (www.westsomersetrailway.vticket.co.uk) 5 miles
Black Rock: Outdoor activity and team building days 15 minutes from Mill Meadow. Activities include High Ropes Course, Archery, Kayaking, Mountain Boarding, Climbing and Caving. (http://www.blackrockoutdoors.co.uk/) 7 miles
Glastonbury: The legendary Isle of Avalon. Visit Glastonbury Tor, the Abbey the Chalice Well & Gardens. Glastonbury also has a number of interesting shops, cafes and museums. (www.glastonbury.co.uk) 30 miles
Wookey Hole Caves: Take a guided tour of spectacular caves, learn about the Witch of Wookey and step back in time in the penny arcade and hall of mirrors. (www.wookey.co.uk) 30-35 miles
Wells: England’s smallest city and home to the most beautiful of the great English Cathedrals. The medieval palace has been home to the Bishops of Bath & Wells since 1206. (www.wellssomerset.com) 30 miles
Cheddar Gorge and Caves: Explore Britain’s biggest gorge from the dramatic cliffs to the stunning stalactite caverns. This world-famous beauty spot reveals many stories of our prehistoric ancestors, and is an international centre for caving and rock climbing. (www.cheddargorge.co.uk) 32 miles
Ham Hill Country Park: Offering superb views of the Somerset Levels, Exmoor and the Mendip Hills. Large wild flower meadows, steeply sloping Iron-Age rampart, a deserted medieval village and historically managed native woodlands. 24 miles
Fleet Air Arm Museum: The Museum has the largest collection of Naval aircraft anywhere in Europe together with the first British built Concorde, you can go on-board and visit the cockpit. Outside there is a children’s adventure playground. (www.fleetairarm.com) 32 miles
Clarks Village: Over ninety high street and designer stores with massive discounts, restaurants and cafes. Children’s play areas and attractions. (www.clarksvillage.co.uk) 22 miles
National Trust: Dunster Castle (19 miles), Barrington Court (17 miles), Glastonbury Tor (30 miles), Montacute House (26 miles) and Killerton House (33 miles) are all within easy reach. (www.nationaltrust.org.uk)
The Coleridge Way: A 36 mile way marked walk through the stunning Somerset countryside of the Quantock Hills, the Brendon Hills and Exmoor following in the footsteps of the romantic poet Coleridge. Walk starts in the village of Nether Stowey. (www.coleridgeway.co.uk) 8 miles
Exmoor National Park: Experience the stunning national park and wildlife of Exmoor. (www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk) 12 miles
Crealy Adventure Park: Is a favourite theme park for children of all ages, minutes from the M5 at Exeter. (www.crealy.co.uk/devon) 38 miles
Oatley Vineyard: A small family-run English vineyard, near Cannington in Somerset. (www.oatleyvineyard.co.uk) 8 miles
Things to do with Children:
Kingston St Mary Playing Fields – Open space in the village with play equipment within an easy walk, see laminated walking guide. Dogs not allowed.
J’z: Activity Centre: Adventure play, TA2 6BB. 10 minutes drive. Tel:01823 351663. http://www.ajzactivitycentre.co.uk
Vivary Adventure Centre: TA1 3JT. 5 minutes walk from Taunton town centre. Tel: 01823 217117. http://www.toneleisure.co.uk/vivary-adventure-centre/
Hollywood Bowl: TA1 2LP. 3 miles drive from Mill Meadow. Tel: 0844 826 1471. http://www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk/our-centres/taunton
Odeon Cinema: 3 miles drive from Mill Meadow. http://www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/taunton/134/