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ACTIVITIES: THINGS TO DO NEAR THE MILL HOUSE

Updated: Sep 27, 2019

We have a number of great visitor attractions and things to do on our door step, as well as slightly further afield

If you would like any additional information about any of these, please ask – we are more than happy to help.


YEO VALLEY ORGANIC GARDEN (2.7 miles away) www.yeovalley.co.uk/the-organic-garden

Check out their website for directions. Sat Nav not advised as it won’t take you there. Seasonal opening times, they close for the winter around late September. They have a café on site too. Opening Hours: During season – Thursdays & Fridays 11:00-17:00


MENDIP HILLS AONB (On our doorstep) www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk/walks

We have over 200km² of outstanding beauty on our doorstep, waiting for you to venture out and explore. There are a number of rambling, hiking, mountain biking, and bridal routes weaving around and across the Mendips, ranging from ‘easy’ to ‘hard’ in difficulty.

There are wild goats roaming in Burrington Combe, Ruby Red Devon cattle grazing across the common, in addition to a herd of wild ponies living alongside them. (These animals belong to, and are cared for by the Wills Estate.)

Due to animals roaming across common land (in addition to local farmers animals grazing in their fields), please ensure that you shut all gates behind you when exploring on the Mendips. It helps us to collectively ensure all animals are safely where they are meant to be.

In the sitting room you will find a folder containing printed and laminated copies of over 16 walking routes across the Mendips, ranging in length and difficulty. Please feel free to borrow them to explore the local area, though please return them to the folder when you’re done – thank you. Digital copies of those maps can be found following the link above.


THE ALDWICK ESTATE, WINE TASTING AND TOURS (less than 3.5 miles away) www.aldwickestate.co.uk/vineyard/tasting-tours 01934 864 404


Enjoy a Vineyard Tour and Tasting. Led by your knowledgeable guide, over the course of your tour you will delve into the history of Somerset’s largest vineyard, cultivate an understanding of English viticulture, explore the 11 acres of grape vines – and of course assess the fruits of our labour by sampling some of our available vintages.


Given this insight into the complexities of English wine-making, you will discover what it takes to produce award-winning English wine. Over five generations, we have upheld a family custom of innovation. A tradition that has been the driving force behind the success of both vineyards in the 21st century. Despite being a young vineyard, we have produced award-winning wines since 2013.


Aldwick Court run Vineyard Tours & Tastings on Wednesdays and Sundays from April to October. Booking essential.


TYNNINGS TREKKING CENTRE (6 miles away) www.tynings-trekking.co.uk 07887 476 975


Based in the midst of the Mendips, Tynnings’ location enables them to have direct access onto a vast network of bridlepath’s covering 1000’s of acres of forestry and moorland with spectacular views across seven counties. Their ‘no road’ policy means riding with them is suitable for everyone from complete beginners to more experienced riders. They offer 1-2-hour rides, pub rides and all-day rides.


CHEDDAR GEORGE (9 miles away) www.cheddargorge.co.uk


Cheddar Gorge & Caves holds many fascinating secrets about our prehistoric ancestors, and is an international centre for caving and rock climbing.


Also has a selection of souvenir and sweet shops, cafes places to eat.

WOOKEY HOLE CAVES (11 miles away) www.wookey.co.uk


An impressive series of limestone caverns and caves on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills near Wells. The River Axe flows through the cave, and it is a site of special scientific interest for both biological and geological reasons.


The caves have been used by humans for around 45,000 years. The full extent of the cave system is still unknown, but what is known of it consists of approximately 4,000 meters (13,000 ft) of naturally formed tunnels, including 25 chambers. The caves are still used for maturing Cheddar Cheese


www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wookey_Hole_Caves


TYNTESFIELD (11.5 miles away) www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tyntesfield


A National Trust property – a beautiful Grade I listed Gothic Revival house and estate near Wraxall, North Somerset. Owed by the Gibbs family from the 1830’s until 2001 upon the death of Richard Gibbs. The National Trust purchased the property in June 2002 following a fundraising campaign to prevent it being sold to private interests and ensuring it would be open to the public.


Features a beautiful and extravagantly built, private family chapel to the north side of the house which was added between 1872 and 1877.


www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyntesfield


GLASTONBURY (17.5 miles away) www.glastonbury.uk www.glastonburyabbey.com www.glastonburytor.org.uk


Quite possibly the quirkiest town in England, and pretty much all independent shops ran by local people. Steeped in history, myth and the smell of incense.


Home to Glastonbury Abbey and Glastonbury Tor any many other interesting things to keep you occupied.


www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glastonbury www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glastonbury_Tor


WELLS (12.5 miles away) www.wellssomerset.com www.wellscathedral.org.uk www.bishopspalace.org.uk


Britain’s smallest city with a Cathedral, and what a magnificent Cathedral it is. Built between 1175 and 1490, it is set in the medieval heart of the city.


Is also home to the Bishops Palace, & Gardens, Vicars Close and a twice weekly market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings selling local produce and goods. Farmers Market is on Wednesdays. Has a long high street with a wide selection of local independent shops and more well known high street shops.


Burns the Bakers do the most delicious pasties.


PUXTON PARK (10 miles away) www.puxton.co.uk

An all-weather adventure park with soft play, aerial climbing and slides, amongst 40 acres pf countryside. Has a variety of farmyard and other animals on site.


NOAHS ARK ZOO FARM (13 miles away) www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk

A family-owned zoo set on a working farm amongst 100 acres of North Somerset countryside. They have over 100 species of ‘big zoo animals’. Also has indoor play areas.


ASHTON COURT ESTATE (12 miles away) www.bristol.gov.uk/museums-parks-sports-culture/ashton-court-estate

A country park and mansion with 850 acres of woodland and grassland.


BRUNELS SS GREAT BRITAIN (13 miles away) www.ssgreatbritain.org A Museum and former passenger steamship which at the time of building was revolutionary for her time, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.


BRISTOL ZOO & GARDENS (13.5 miles away) www.bristolzoo.org.uk

Over 400 species of animal and 9 animal houses. A great day out with kids.


THERAME BATH SPA (21 miles away) www.thermaebathspa.com

Famous for its mineral rich water (containing over 42 minerals!) and steeping in history. Is well worth a visit if you can.


THE ROMAN BATHS (21 miles away) www.romanbaths.co.uk

A well-preserved roman site once used for public bathing. Site of historical interest.

BATH ABBY (22 miles away)

www.bathabbey.org

Founded in the 7th century but rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries, and able to seat 1,200 people, its grandeur and masterful architecture has an incredible ability to make one feel rather small.

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