When on a Somerset holiday it is nice to escape the hassle of everyday life, and Somerset has a wide range of attractions and natural wonders that allow for this to happen. We've brought together our top 5 romantic things to do in Somerset so loved-up couples can have the best romantic holiday possible.
1: Disappear into the wilderness at Ebbor Gorge
In the Mendip Hills, and very close to the Wookey Hole village and caves, lies the untouched Ebbor Gorge. The less well known and quieter sister to the Wookey Caves, Ebbor Gorge is the ideal place for a couple to disappear into the wilderness together. Follow the path between the high gorge cliffs that are constantly being eroded away, and get immersed in a haven for wildflowers, animals and birds. There is also a large woodland area and the streams add a sound of trickling water to the peaceful atmosphere. As a couple, you can take in the marvellous landscapes and find a secluded spot in which to have a picnic. Belonging to the National Trust the Gorge is well looked after and is often a place where you won't see another human being for hours at a time.
2: Reach the skies with hot air ballooning
For those who have ever wondered what the simply beautiful city of Bath and its surrounding green countryside looks like from above, then this is your chance to do it with the one you love. Hot air balloon rides offer breathtakingly impressive views, drifting over iconic sights, providing an inspirational bird's eye view of the area. Don't forget to take the camera as you'll want the memories to last a lifetime. There are two companies that offer this service in Bath - either Bath Balloons or Bailey Balloons. They can make the event extra romantic by offering champagne flights just for the two of you.
3: Take a Bath Abbey Tower Tour
If the hot air balloon ride falls apart due to weather, there are a number of back up ideas in Bath that are just as romantic. One of which is to go on a grand tour of the magnificent Bath Abbey, which has spectacular towers and rooftops that offer paramount views of the surrounding city. Learn about the Abbey, see the Bell Tower, and head upwards with the tour guide to see those views. However, the best way to do this by enjoying a private tour with just the two of you. At the top a delicious glass of bubbly awaits. Many marriage proposals happen here, in this unusual but perfect spot.
4: Have a pamper session in Britain's only natural spa
Also in the heart of Bath is the Thermae Spa, where guests can bathe in Britain's only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters, with one pool inside, and one warm pool outside on the roof. Whilst general pamper session and bath visits are available throughout the day, it is the Twilight Package for Two that takes a visit to Thermae Spa to a new level of romance. The three-hour spa session includes the use of towels, robe and slippers, a choice of dishes for the restaurant menu and a complimentary drink, allowing the two of you to use the spa facilities and rooftop pool whilst watching afternoon turn into evening and seeing the mood lights change around you.
5: Stroll the Hestercombe Gardens near Taunton
50 acres of gardens, lakes, temples, cascades, woodland walks, terraces and a breathtaking array of colours and flower bed designs Hestercombe is the places to visit for a romantic stroll through stunning gardens. The grounds are made up of three centuries of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian design and have undergone restoration works to continue to let them grow and prosper. A welcoming café, courtyard and restaurant add another layer of elegance when visiting, and the picnic area completes a day out. There is also a restored 17th-century watermill complex. On a nice day, when the only aim is to wander around in each other's arms, lazily stroll around Hestercombe Gardens and find a quiet spot to just enjoy your loved one's company.
Romantic holidays in Somerset can be found whilst staying in any one of our hotels, B&Bs, holiday cottages or holiday parks. Somerset promises to be a beautiful destination.