Although there is plenty to see and do in
Shepton Mallet itself, there are many more attractions within a
short drive. Further up-to-date information can be obtained from
the Shepton Mallet
Tourist Information Centre (01749) 345258.
Somerset Railway, Cranmore (3 miles)
This preserved railway was developed by the artist David Shepherd
and includes outstanding examples of old steam locomotives which
take visitors on regular short excursions during the summer and
many weekends throughout the year.
There are many traditional farmhouse cider producers within a short
distance of Shepton Mallet.
Caves, Wookey Hole, Nr Wells (7 miles)
This major attraction features magnificent caves, a paper mill
still making hand-made paper and many other associated
Gorge and Caves, Cheddar (12 miles)
One of the most spectacular natural wonders of Britain, the Gorge
also features impressive caves, walks and climbs.
Estate (15 miles)
The seat of the Marquess of Bath, this stately home is a popular
attraction with its impressive Safari Park and magnificent art
collection and gardens.
Smallest City (6 miles)
The magnificent gothic Cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and Vicar’s
Close, the oldest complete street in Europe, are the main
Glastonbury (9 miles)
The legendary resting place of King Arthur in Glastonbury Abbey
ruins has made the town the mythology centre of the West Country
with a wealth of New Age shops, restaurants and other attractions
such as the Tor (522 feet), the Chalice Well and the Rural Life
Often known as ‘Clarkstown’, such was the dependency on shoe maker
C & J Clark, the town now features ‘Clark’s Village’, the first
factory shopping complex in the country.
Frome (12 miles)
Frome has many historic buildings including those in Cheap Street
and Catherine Hill.