Historical days out in and around Burnham-on-Sea

Click on the images below to find out more information about local historical houses, abbeys and railways. If you need any further information please come along to the BiARS centre opposite Morrisons on the sea front.


West Somerset Railway
Tel:  01643 704996
Stations at:
Bishops Lydeard - TA4 3RU
Crowcombe Heathfield - TA4 4PA
Stogumber - TA4 3TR
Williton - TA4 4RQ
Watchet - TA23 0AU
Washford - TA23 0PP
Blue Anchor - TA24 6LG
Dunster - TA24 6PJ
Minehead - TA24 5BG 
Our Railway, a true country branch line of the old Great Western Railway is full of fascination whether you are looking for a nostalgic ride back in time through lovely countryside or to study the railway and industrial heritage which our line preserves. The historic steam locomotives, coaches and wagons, and the buildings of our ten unique stations linked by a twenty mile scenic journey will repay hours of exploration. The surrounding countryside is as varied as it is beautiful. The gently rolling Quantock hills and distant Exmoor, unspoilt villages and farms nestling in leafy lanes, the cliffs and coast of the Bristol Channel with views of distant South-Wales, confident Church Towers, Dunster's imposing Castle and Minehead's seaside charm are all waiting to be discovered.
Montacute House
Montacute, TA15 6XP
Tel:  01935 823289
Montacute House is a magnificent, glittering mansion, built in the late 16th century for Sir Edward Phelips.
There are many renaissance features, and the Long Gallery, the longest of its kind in England, displays over 60 of the finest Tudor and Elizabethan portraits from the National Portrait Gallery collection. The state rooms display a fine range of period furniture and textiles, including samplers from the Goodhart collection.
Montacute's formal gardens are perfect for a stroll and include a collection of roses, mixed borders and famous wobbly hedges. Waymarked walks lead around the wider estate, which encompasses St Michael's Hill.

Haynes International Motor Museum
Sparkford, Yeovil.  BA22 7LH
Tel:  01963 440804
The Haynes International Motor Museum (an Educational Charitable Trust, No. 292048) is dedicated to restore, retain and preserve motoring and motorcycling items of historical and cultural interest in England. It is an International Motor Museum taking the view that the complete history of the automobile and motorcycle can only be covered by looking at the developments from all over the world.

Nearly every car in the museum is driven at least once a year. We believe that to preserve our motoring heritage properly all vehicles must be maintained in full working order.

Oakham Treasures
Portbury Lane, Portbury, Bristol BS20 7SP
Tel:  01275 375236
Oakham Treasures is one of the largest privately owned museums of retail and farming history in the UK. Opened to the public for the very first time since July 2008, it has already become an award winning major attraction, and guarantees to give you an amazing and uplifting trip down memory lane.
Whether you are 8 or 80, you'll be fascinated by this vast and unique collection of memorabilia from the last century. There really is something for everybody, from the thousands of items in the historic stores, to the impressive display of vintage tractors and farm equipment.

Fleet Air Arm Museum
RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester. BA22 8HT
Tel:  01935 840565
Welcome to the Fleet Air Arm Museum - representing the flying arm of the Royal Navy. With four exhibition halls, over ninety aircraft and over 2 million records and 30 thousand artefacts the Museum is the world's second largest naval aviation Museum.
The Fleet Air Arm Museum's Fly Navy 100 exhibition dramatically presents 100 years of naval aviation from its first air ship 1909, to today's formidable air power from the sea.
The Museum has the first British built Concorde which you can go on-board and view the cockpit. In addition, you will see the Museum's award winning Aircraft Carrier Experience

The Blake Museum
5 Blake Street, Bridgwater.  TA6 3NB
Tel:  01278 456127
The Blake Museum was founded in 1926 by the Bridgwater Borough Council. In 1974, with the Local Government re-organisation, ownership was transferred to the newly formed Sedgemoor District Council. In 2000 The Friends of Blake Museum was formed to promote and support the improvement of the Blake Museum. In 2009 and under threat of closure, the ownership was transferred to the Bridgwater Town Council

Glastonbury Abbey
Magdalene Street, Glastonbury. BA6 9EL
Tel:  01458 832267
Generally speaking people come to the Abbey for three reasons.
First, they want to see a living Christian sanctuary that may have been the site of the oldest church, and was certainly once the greatest Abbey, in the country. Second, they come because they want to see the possible burial place of King Arthur, but the third reason people come to the Abbey grounds is simply for peace and quiet. The relative seclusion of the 36 acres provides the perfect atmosphere for people who want to forget their hectic daily lives, and take it easy.

Wells Cathedral
Cathedral Green, Wells.  BA5 2UE
Tel:  01749 674483
Wells Cathedral is a man made wonder which was built over several centuries with the modern foundations being laid in 1180.
Its western facade is covered by intricate carvings, reflecting the superb craftsmanship which went into this awe inspiring building.
The interior of the cathedral is similarly impressive including a more recent addition, the giant scissor arch, which was built in 1338 to prevent the central tower from falling down.
Wells is also home to one of the oldest clocks in the world, dating back to around 1319, and boasting a pre-medieval face with the Copernican universe illustrated.

East Somerset Railway
Cranmore Station, Cranmore, Shepton Mallet. BA4 4QP
Tel:  01749 880417
Enjoy a relaxed, unhurried and civilised journey on a steam train here at the East Somerset Railway. The majestic steam engine has been around for over 200 years. Seeing the trains in all their glory brings a real sense of history to your visit and there is always plenty to see, its an experience for everyone.
The East Somerset Railway operates steam trains throughout the year, with special events like Days out with Thomas and Santa Trains.

The Roman Baths, Bath
Abbey Church Yard, Bath.  BA1 1LZ
Tel:  01225 477785
Visit the heart of the World Heritage Site. Around Britain's only hot spring, the Romans built a magnificent temple and bathing complex that still flows with natural hot water. See the water's source and walk where Romans walked on the ancient stone pavements around the steaming pool. The extensive ruins and treasures from the spring are beautifully preserved and presented using the best of modern interpretation.
Meet Roman costumed characters every day and hear the stories of those who lived and worked here 2,000 years ago. Audioguides in 8 languages, with a special one for children in English and French, are included in the admission price. Enjoy morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea in the magnificent 18th c. Pump Room, accompanied by music from the Pump Room Trio, and try a glass of Spa water from the fountain.