Somerset Routes

Hot News from the Museum Development Officer for Somerset County Council!

A new website has been created with the help of nearly 120 museums and heritage sites from across Somerset  which allows you to search for heritage sites to visit either via a ‘tube map’ or by certain criteria, such as historic period or collection type.    It contains information on each site, highlights forthcoming events, hosts downloadable itineraries and guides, and provides information on areas such as volunteering at the historic properties.  It is also linked to a number of social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

For a county with a history as rich and diverse as its countryside, Somerset boasts an amazing number of museums and heritage attractions.  “Somerset Routes” is a unique map and guide which highlights over 100 of the counties best heritage sites to visit.

So, where in the world could you find a Bakelite coffin, the oldest manmade road in Britain, the largest collection of Naval aircraft in Europe or early Victorian prosthetic limbs?  The new Somerset Routes will reveal all!

Website address: http://www.somersetroutes.co.uk

Taking the form of a ‘tube map’, the county has been broken down into seven different lines to travel on, spread across the country and taking in the best sights and things to do. Each line takes you to the museums, historic railways, castles, gardens, stately homes and archaeological sites that make Somerset’s heritage unique.

Along with the map, a free booklet has been created which for the first times gives information and contact details about all the major heritage sites in the county.  The booklet details each suggested stop and includes a website link where possible and there's a useful tip or nugget of information with every entry.

The touring map, guidebook and itineraries are available to download for free at www.visitsomerset.co.uk/touring-map.  Taster videos are available - see 'youtube' link below.

There are also Social Media links:
Facebook:        https://www.facebook.com/somersetroutes
Twitter:             https://twitter.com/somersetroutes or @SomersetRoutes
YouTube:         http://www.youtube.com/somersetmuseums
Flickr:               http://www.flickr.com/photos/somersetroutes