Arthurian legend, wild moorlands and ancient woodlands about in the county that inspired some of Coleridge’s most famous poems, like Khubla Khan and the Ancient Mariner.

Artists, too, love Somerset’s lush green pastures (still farmed) and its genuine rural English idyll. Freckled with little market towns, Somerset is home to England’s smallest city and some of it’s highest cliffs. There are pretty beaches, dramatic gorges (just take a look at Durdle Door) and three areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Quantocks, the Blackdown Hills, and the Mendips. Plus, some of Britain’s best loved produce has its roots here – Blackthorn Cider, Yeo Valley yoghurts, Cheddar Cheese, smoked eels and Butcombe Beer. Somerset is ripe for a slice of rural English life. Somerset is a gay friendly travel destination and offers plenty of rooms for romance

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For the foodies amongst you, we’ve also compiled an overview of the best restaurants in Somerset.