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Things to do in the Quantock Hills AONB (and full guide)

Are you looking for things to do in the Quantock Hills? Read on, as I’m about to go into all of them!

When people ask me about lesser-known places to visit in South West England, the Quantock Hills spring into mind.

A series of gently rolling hills ultimately giving way to the Bristol Channel, the Quantock Hills were actually England’s first AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) – they achieved this status in 1956.

However, they are often overshadowed by Exmoor National Park, their neighbour, and Dartmoor National Park which sits to the southwest.

While the Quantock Hills don’t quite have the same rugged and wild atmosphere as Devon’s moorland, they have a unique charm, part of which is due to the fact that not that many people know about them!

So let’s take a look at this beautiful hidden gem in Somerset!

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Where are the Quantocks?

View of pebble Kilve beach at sunset. Copy space in blue sky

The Quantock Hills are located on the coast of West Somerset/ South Somerset.

Because of Somerset’s size, this area is actually the north coast of the peninsula that consists of Cornwall, Devon and part of Somerset. 

The closest major town is Taunton, and it’s quite easy to get here from Exeter and Bristol as well.

Things to do in the Quantock Hills

Kilve beach.

Kilve beach and coastline Somerset England. Kilve is popular for its fossils and being on the route of the West Somerset Walk

Kilve Beach is one of my favourite beaches in Somerset (it’s day-trip-able from Bath and Bristol too). It’s part of the Somerset Jurassic Coast, which is less famous than the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Dorset and Devon, but still equally interesting!

Here, you can go fossil hunting for ammonites and even fossilised marine reptiles.

Some of these date up to 200 million years.

The best time to do this is just after low tide, as waves can stir up fossils that are hiding under rocks.

Furthermore, there are lots of rock pools here, where you can see some of the coastline’s best living creatures!

Alternatively, walk along the low cliffs and take in spectacular panoramic views of the sea and coastline.

There’s a small car park by the beach, and it’s pay and display cash only. Make sure you have a few coins before heading here!

Kilve to East Quantoxhead Walk

Beautiful Quantock Hills

You can walk along the rocky Jurassic Coastline to explore some more of the beach. This area isn’t part of the South West coastal path, but it’s well-connected. 

From Kilve Beach, just walk in a westerly direction towards Quantoxhead Beach. It’s about 0.6 miles or 1 kilometre away and should take around 12 minutes.

From here, you can go straight south to East Quantoxhead, or continue following the path to see more of the coast.

The path continues west before turning in a southerly direction. It takes around 44 minutes (2.2 miles/ 3.5 kilometres) to walk to East Quantoxhead village on this route.

Coleridge Way

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For a longer walk, try the Coleridge Trail – or at least the part that runs through the Quantocks!

The long-distance walking trail is 51 miles long and takes most people 6 days to complete.

It’s named after Samuel Coleridge , a famous poet who loved the beautiful hills.

It is mostly in Exmoor, but the Quantocks section runs from Nether Stowey to Bicknoller, through the northern part of the Quantocks Hills. This segment is just over nine miles long.  

Of course, you can expect amazing views from many points of the trail, and the Quantocks section is incredibly scenic.

If you have time, why not continue and see some of the trail in Exmoor too?

Owned and looked after by the National Trust, Fyne Court is a garden and nature reserve where you can learn all about the Quantocks.

It’s a must-visit first stop before seeing other parts of the hills!

The estate used to be owned by the Crosse family, but their house was sadly destroyed by a fire in 1894.

The information room details a little about the family, and there are some well-signposted wooded walks around the estate.

Woodland Hill

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One of the best areas in the Quantocks for nature lovers, Woodland Hill is one of the most popular wooded valleys in the region. 

Situated near Holford, there’s a 1.8 mile loop walk that you can do here. You’ll explore the wood itself, and then come out to the top of the hill where you can take in vistas of the surrounding scenes.

Click here for directions (it’s a National Trust walk).

West Somerset Railway

The West Somerset Railway is one of the best steam trains in the country. 

Running around the side of the Quantocks, you’ll see the AONB from another angle as you journey from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead, stopping at Watchet on the way.

It’s a pleasure train – not intended to get from A to B very quickly, but if you want the experience of travelling on a vintage rail and a way to see some of the region’s best scenery, it’s ideal.

Beacon Hill and Staple Plain Walk

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This is one of the most popular walks in the Quantocks, and it’s easy to see why. A simple two mile route, it first takes you into Staple Plain, where you can enjoy natural flora, and then leads out onto Beacon Hill.

You might see wild ponies grazing here; keep walking, and you’ll eventually reach a gorgeous point with coastal views.

From here, you can see Weston-super-Mare , the Mendip Hills and the Gower Peninsula in South Wales.

The views are immense!

Click here for route directions.

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Visit the Quantock Brewery

Once you’ve explored the natural wonders of the AONB, head to the brewery for a local drink.

It dates back to 2007 and was born out of a love for creating beer from natural, local ingredients.

The Taproom and Shop have 6 Rotating QB Cask Ales, 14 Rotating QB Craft Kegs and a range of guest beers.

So you can enjoy a few local drinks here or if you’re driving, you can also buy some beers to takeaway.

They’re open from around 11 am to 5 pm Sundays and 9/10 pm on other days.

Quantocks towns and villages to visit

Although the Quantock Hills are a largely rural area, there are some attractive villages and towns in the Quantock hills area.

These are great places to stay, and you can also take day or half-day trips to these towns. 

Watchet Quayside

Watchet is a picturesque village with a beautiful beach.  

Watchet Harbour has been a trading centre since medieval times when coins were minted here.

Stroll around the charming streets lined with colourful buildings and see the charming boats bobbing on the harbour.

There’s not a crazy amount of things to do in Watchet, but it’s a really charming town to pop into and explore for an afternoon!

Taunton Castle and Museum of Somerset

The county town of Somerset, Taunton sits to the east of the Quantocks.

It’s home to the Museum of Somerset, which is a fantastic place to learn a little more about Somerset life.

There are also a few lovely restaurants and cafes to enjoy while you’re in town, plus quite a lot of historic buildings.

And I also love walking up and down the charming Taunton to Bridgwater canal.

One of the biggest towns in Somerset is Bridgwater.

It’s worth checking out the Bridgwater Arts Centre, Bridgwater Blake Museum and this end of the Taunton to Bridgwater Canal. 

Minehead, Somerset, England, UK - October 01, 2018: View towards Minehead beach with the Butlins Skyline Pavillion in the background

Minehead is a jolly coastal town with a fantastic holiday atmosphere.

Take a stroll down the seafront (and join the South West Coast Path at the end, where you can hike to Porlock!), play a round of crazy golf and enjoy the West Somerset Railway.

Bicknoller is a charming village with thatched roof cottages, a 12th-century church, and a village pub. It’s a small place, but it’s well worth visiting while you’re exploring the area!

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Holford is a tiny village – it won’t take long at all to explore – but it’s really scenic, and it’s worth stopping here and going for a stroll.

West Quantoxhead

Another small Quantocks village, West Quantoxhead incorporates a church, historic manor house, a pub and old village school.

St Audries Beach, a sweeping bay with broad sands and crashing waves, is right by as well!

East Quantoxhead

East Quantoxhead is, as the name suggests, in the east part of the Quantocks.

It’s close to Kilve Beach and East Quantoxhead Beach (you can walk here from Kilve Beach).

It’s a charming historical village, with traditional thatched roof cottages and country roads lined with trees.

Dunster Castle in Somerset

Dunster is more in Exmoor than the Quantocks, but it’s well worth visiting while you’re in the region. 

It’s a traditional village with an ancient castle, with plenty of architecture dating back to the Medieval period. 

See Dunster castle, shop in the independent stores and discover the town’s history at the Dunster museum. You can also make the short trip out to Dunster Beach. 

Where to stay in the Quantock Hills

The Tudor Hotel , parts of which date back to 1610, is located in Bridgwater. The 15 bedrooms are basic but comfortable, each with its own bathroom. It’s great value too. Click here to read about it.

Combe House Hotel is a charming room with boutique decor with ornate features.

The bathrooms are deluxe and modern. A fantastic breakfast is served each morning and there’s space to enjoy an afternoon tea on-site. It’s situated in scenic Holford. Click here for more information.

The Hood Arms is a cosy accommodation situated right by Kilve Beach. Rooms are spacious, with comfortable beds and luxury linen. The bathrooms have deluxe features – some even have roll-top baths!

A delicious breakfast is served every morning, and the pub offers a great feed and plenty of drinks in the nighttime. Click here to read more about it.

How to get to the Quantocks

Unfortunately, bus routes in this part of Somerset are sparse, railways only go as far as Taunton, and the best way to see the Quantocks is, by far, to drive.

To get there, take junction 23 of the M5 and follow the M39 in a westwards direction.

How to get around the Quantocks

Again, there aren’t many Quantocks Hills buses, although you can check out bus schedules here .

However, the best way to get around the Quantock Hills is definitely by driving.

Ponies on Quantock Hills Somerset England with purple heather like painting in HDR

Are the Quantocks worth visiting?

Yes, the Quantocks is definitely worth visiting!

With gently rolling hills, an ancient coastline with fossils and charming villages with thatched roof cottages and local pubs, there’s so much to enjoy here.

Plus, it’s a very non-touristy part of Somerset, which means that you’ll often enjoy it without hordes of tourists – even in the peak summer season.

If you’re looking for day trips from Bristol , Bath or Exeter , or are doing a West Country road trip and want to add a nature destination on, I highly recommend this beautiful part of the UK.

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Discovering the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Nestled between the Somerset Levels and the Bristol Channel coast, the Quantock Hills offer walkers and nature lovers a dramatic landscape of rounded hills, deep wooded combes, open heathland and rich history. This designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers a tranquil retreat from modern life, with sweeping views from its highest point at Will’s Neck across the Vale of Taunton to Exmoor.

The hills have been shaped over centuries by humans working the land, from ancient field systems to grazing sheep and cattle. Traces of these past uses can be found in the form of ancient earthworks and remains of industrial buildings now disappearing back to nature. Meandering lanes lined with high hedgerows lead to pretty villages with cottages of red sandstone, whose materials were quarried locally.

This 20-mile-long ridge has the feel of wilderness, where deer, birds of prey and other wildlife can be spotted. The open heaths are carpeted in purple heather and yellow gorse in summer. Ancient oak woodlands cling to the steep combes, or valleys, with carpets of bluebells in spring. For those seeking inspiration or tranquillity, the Quantocks offer a peaceful getaway.

Kilve beach at sunset with rock pools and rock formations

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Things to do in the Quantock Hills

Tucked away from the bustle of towns, the Quantock Hills offer a peaceful getaway dedicated to the enjoyment of nature and the great outdoors. The nearest large towns are Bridgwater, Taunton and Minehead, each about a 45-minute drive away. Within the hills themselves are scenic villages, but no major settlements. This creates a remote feel perfect for escaping urban life.

Will’s Neck

At 384 metres, Will’s Neck is the highest point in the Quantocks, offering panoramic views across Somerset and North Devon. On a clear day, it’s possible to see as far as Dartmoor, Exmoor, the Blackdown Hills and Wales.

The best way to reach the summit is via a 3-mile circular walk from the village of Aisholt, following quiet country lanes before joining a footpath through beech woods. Emerging from the trees, the trail climbs steadily uphill over springy heather moorland.

Look out for the remains of ancient hill forts and barrows along the ridgeline. The open summit provides welcome relief from the trees, a perfect spot for a picnic while soaking up expansive vistas across five counties.

gorse and heather on the Quantock Hills in somerse tin late autumn

Nether Stowey

With its picturesque cottages and village cross, Nether Stowey provides a wonderful base for exploring the Coleridge Way trail through the Quantocks.

Coleridge Cottage is where the poet once lived and worked on some of his most famous poems, including ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’. Nearby is Lime Street, a row of traditional cottages and shops lining the village’s oldest road.

The 16th-century St Mary’s Church contains monuments and carved bench ends dedicated to Coleridge. Nether Stowey Castle was once a Norman motte-and-bailey castle but now lies in ruins with just the earthworks remaining. It is a short walk from the centre of the village.

Dead Woman’s Ditch

This ancient earthwork located between West Bagborough and Nether Stowey makes for an atmospheric walk steeped in legend. The defensive ditch and bank dates from the Iron Age, but its sinister name refers to a more recent tale.

As the story goes, a local squire murdered his wife here in the 18th century, only for her ghost to haunt the site seeking justice. Woodland now covers the site, providing welcome shade in summer. Listen for buzzards calling overhead and look out for deer in the trees.

Local legends say the ghostly apparition of a woman in white has been spotted drifting between the trees near dusk. Whether true or not, Dead Woman’s Ditch’s tragic backstory makes for an evocative walk through history in atmospheric woodland and out onto open moorland.

a view from the quantock Hills across the Bristol channel towards Wales

For family-friendly woodland walks, head to Fyne Court estate between Broomfield and Williton. Once the site of a Cistercian abbey, the estate’s 18th-century manor house and grounds were acquired by the National Trust in 1948.

While the house remains private, the public can explore the gardens and wider estate. The area features picturesque ponds fed by small streams, framed by gently rolling hills.

Nearby are two walking trails through the woods, clearly marked with different coloured arrows. The green trail follows a 1.2-mile accessible path over bridges and around a lake, while the blue trail climbs uphill for lovely views back over the estate.

FYNE COURT Broomfield, Bridgwater, TA5 2EQ

Hours  – Dawn – Dusk |  Website – nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/somerset/fyne-court The grounds are open year-round during daylight hours. The tea-room has variable opening hours depending on the season.

Kilve Beach

Famous for its geological features, Kilve Beach stretches along the Quantock Hills’ northern coastline, overlooked by craggy cliffs. This is one of the best places in Somerset to hunt for fossils, especially ammonites, brachiopods and trilobites embedded in the rocks.

The flat rocky platform was once an ancient seabed, making it a treasure trove for prehistoric remains. The pebbles, cliffs and rock pools also provide plenty to explore on family beach adventures.

Look out for rare rock samphire clinging to the cliffs – this was once collected to flavour pickles. At low tide, you can continue walking east along the coast to Lilstock and beyond.

Facilities are limited to a small car park and toilets, so come prepared with refreshments. Due to the rocky shore and incoming tides , care should be taken when exploring this wild and beautiful stretch of coastline.

rock pools on Kilve beach in somerset

St Audrey’s Bay

This picturesque spot on the Quantock Hills’ western edge offers an idyllic blend of coast, countryside and history. The small secluded cove known as Audrey’s Bay lies below the tiny village of St Audries.

A path leads from the roadside down to a pebble beach framed by cliffs cloaked in oak woods and wildflowers . From here at low tide, you can access the sands of Doniford Bay. Behind the beach stands the interesting Grade 1 listed St Audries Church, built in the late 15th century with an impressive carved interior.

Above the bay is St Audries Falls, where a stream cascades 15 metres into a plunge pool, shaded by ancient woodland. With its unspoilt coastal scenery, historic church and tranquil waterfall, St Audries Bay is one of the Quantocks’ many hidden gems waiting to be uncovered.

St Agnes Well

According to legend, this tranquil holy well near Goathurst village is said to have healing powers. The small stone-lined pool is fringed by trees and wildflowers, with a timeless, spiritual atmosphere.

Take the footpath from St Agnes Church and walk 15 minutes up the wooded hillside to find this peaceful spot. Local belief says that pinning a piece of cloth to an overhanging tree can help cure ailments. Set amid ancient woodland overlooking Goathurst, St Agnes Well has been a place of pilgrimage and quiet contemplation for centuries.

Places to stay in the Quantock Hills

Scattered across the Quantock Hills are traditional country pubs, cosy B&Bs, self-catering cottages or beautiful glamping spots ideal for getting away from it all. Most accommodation options are in picturesque villages like Holford, Nether Stowey and Bicknoller. Choices range from boutique hotels in historic buildings to campsites for pitching a tent under the stars.

Duck’s Puddle Shepherd’s Hut

This gorgeous little shepherd’s hut is located on a farm on the edge of the Quantock Hills. This little retreat has a hot tub and views out across the hills and is perfect for adventures with a dog as it has an enclosed, private garden.

the outside of Shepherds hut on the Quantock Hills in Somerset

Lamb’s Tale Shepherd’s Hut

If Duck’s Puddle is not available then Lamb’s Tale Shepherds Hut is nearby. Equally beautiful I had to put one first and it was a lucky dip! Lamb’s Tale also has a hot tub and its own little garden. Surrounded by meadow and big skies this is the perfect place to wake up.

Inside a shepherds hut in Somerset

For something completely different, Dulcie a restored wagon is the perfect cosy space for a weekend. Escape from the everyday with a fire and marshmallows while watching the stars, before snuggling down in the wagon with the wood burner to keep you cosy. This is a true off-grid stay with just enough power for charging and gentle lighting in the evenings.

A converted wagon in Somerset

How to get to the Quantocks

The Quantock Hills are easily accessed from Junctions 23 and 24 of the M5 motorway. From Bridgwater, follow the A39 across the Somerset Levels into the foothills at Nether Stowey, about a 45-minute drive from the M5.

From Taunton, take the A358 through the Vale of Taunton Deane towards Williton. Smaller villages such as Bicknoller and Aisholt are reached via narrow rural lanes off the A358.

While most villages have some parking, larger car parks can be found at major attractions like Fyne Court, Lydeard Hill and Will’s Neck for easier access to trails. Bus routes connect main villages but travel within the Quantocks is easiest by car.

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Top 10 Best Things to Do in Quantock Hills


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Welcome to the Quantock Hills, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Somerset. With its stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife, this picturesque area offers endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation.

Whether you’re an avid hiker or simply looking for a peaceful retreat from city life, there are plenty of things to do in Quantock Hills that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired. Join us as we explore some of the best activities that this beautiful region has to offer!

Where are Quantock Hills?

The Quantock Hills are located in Somerset, England. They are a range of hills and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) that stretches from the coast near the town of Watchet to the town of Bridgewater and the Somerset Levels. The hills are known for their beautiful landscapes, woodlands, heathlands, and panoramic views. They are a popular destination for walking, hiking, and enjoying the natural scenery.

What is the Highest Point of the Quantock Hills?

The highest point of the Quantock Hills is called Wills Neck. It reaches an elevation of 384 meters (1,260 feet) above sea level. Wills Neck offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside and is a popular spot for visitors to the area.

What is the Meaning of Quantocks?

The term “Quantocks” refers to the name of the hills in Somerset, England. The origin of the name “Quantocks” is uncertain, but it is believed to come from the Celtic word “Cantuc,” meaning “sparkling” or “shining.” This name could be a reference to the reflective quality of the hills’ streams or the way the light interacts with the landscape.

Another theory suggests that the name may be derived from the Old English word “cwealm-tocc,” meaning “slaughter hill,” possibly indicating a historical association with battle or sacrifice. However, the exact meaning and origin of the term remain speculative.

Top 10 Best Things to Do in Quantock Hills – Attractive Places

1. hiking and walking.

Hiking and Walking - things to do in quantock hills

The Quantock Hills are a hiker’s paradise, with paths that weave through lush valleys and rugged hillsides. The area is filled with scenic trails that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. One popular walk is the Coleridge Way, which takes you on a journey through woodlands, farmland, and quaint villages.

For those seeking more of a challenge, there are plenty of longer hikes to undertake, such as the circular route around Wills Neck. This challenging trek rewards hikers with panoramic views of Somerset and beyond.

But it’s not all about long treks – there are also plenty of short walks suitable for families or those who prefer to take things at a slower pace. Take a stroll along one of the many nature trails in Holford Combe or explore the ancient woodland at Great Wood.

Whatever your level of experience, walking and hiking in Quantock Hills is an unforgettable experience that immerses you in nature’s beauty at its finest. So pack your boots and get ready to explore this stunning region on foot!


Cycling enthusiasts will be delighted to hear that the Quantock Hills offers a fantastic network of cycling routes. Whether you prefer on-road or off-road cycling, there are options available for all levels of experience.

For those looking for a challenge, try out some of the more difficult trails and take in the stunning views along the way. If you’re new to cycling or prefer a more leisurely ride, there are easier routes available as well.

Renting a bike is an easy option if you don’t have your own equipment with you. There are several places in the area that offer bike rentals at reasonable prices.

One thing to keep in mind when cycling through the Quantock Hills is to respect nature and wildlife. Stay on designated paths and avoid disturbing any animals or plants along your journey.

Cycling is one of the best ways to experience the beauty of this picturesque region. With so many options available, it’s no wonder why cyclists flock from around the world to explore these scenic routes!

3. Wildlife Watching

Wildlife Watching

The Quantock Hills are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, with its diverse range of species and natural habitats. The hills are home to deer, birds, butterflies and other animals that can be spotted while exploring the area’s scenic trails.

One of the most iconic sightings in the Quantock Hills is that of the famous Quantock ponies. These beautiful creatures roam freely through the hills and add an extra layer of charm to your visit.

Bird watching is also popular among visitors who come to see some rare bird species such as crossbills or hawfinches. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a peregrine falcon soaring high above.

Butterflies fluttering around wildflowers are another sight not to be missed in this picturesque place. With over 30 different butterfly species found here, it’s no wonder why nature lovers flock to these hills.

If you’re more inclined towards smaller critters, look out for hedgehogs scurrying about or field mice rustling through leaves – there’s never a shortage of little surprises waiting right around every corner!

In short, visiting the Quantock Hills is not only breathtaking but also an opportunity to witness some stunning examples of British wildlife living free in their natural habitat!

4. Horse Riding

Horse Riding

The Quantock Hills are a haven for horse riding enthusiasts, offering a vast network of scenic trails suitable for all levels. Whether you’re an experienced rider or just starting, there are several equestrian centers in the area that provide horse riding lessons and guided trails to explore the hills.

One such center is “Quantock Trekking,” located in West Bagborough. They offer hour-long trail rides for beginners as well as half-day treks for more experienced riders. The stunning views of the countryside from atop your trusty steed make it an unforgettable experience.

Another popular equestrian center is “Bridleways,” situated in Aisholt village. Their expert guides lead riders through ancient woodlands and along bridleways on well-trained horses perfect even for first-time riders.

If you’re looking to explore the hills with your own horse, there are plenty of options available too – simply check out one of the many livery yards or stables scattered throughout the region.

So why not saddle up and discover all that this beautiful corner of Somerset has to offer on horseback? With its tranquil landscapes and winding paths, it’s sure to be an adventure like no other!

5. Nature Reserves

Nature Reserves

The Quantock Hills are a nature lover’s paradise, and the area is home to several stunning nature reserves. These sanctuaries provide visitors with an opportunity to explore the region’s diverse flora and fauna in their natural habitat.

One such reserve is Holford Combe, located on the western edge of the Quantocks. The site boasts ancient woodland, wildflower meadows, and sparkling streams that are perfect for paddling or picnicking. Visitors can take guided walks around the reserve or opt for a self-guided tour using one of the many marked trails.

Aisholt Woods is another popular nature reserve in the Quantock Hills. This beautiful woodland area covers over 80 hectares and features some of Somerset’s oldest trees. Visitors can spot rare species like lesser spotted woodpeckers, dormice, and bats while exploring this tranquil location.

Both Holford Combe and Aisholt Woods offer opportunities for birdwatching as well. Bird enthusiasts will be delighted by sightings of buzzards, kestrels, herons, and owls among others during their visit to these reserves.

Whether you’re interested in photography or simply want to immerse yourself in nature’s tranquility – visiting these fantastic reserves should be high on your list when exploring what wonderful things there are to do in Quantock Hills!

6. Historic Sites

Historic Sites

The Quantock Hills aren’t just a place of natural beauty, but they’re also steeped in history. Exploring the historic sites of the area can be an enriching experience for any visitor.

One such site is Coleridge Cottage, which was once home to the renowned poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The best cottage has been preserved as it was during his time living there and provides visitors with a glimpse into the life of this literary figure.

In addition to visiting Coleridge Cottage, you can also explore other sites that showcase the area’s rich history. For example, Stowey Court is a Grade II listed building that dates back to the 17th century and played a significant role in local politics during its time.

Visitors can immerse themselves in these historical buildings while learning about their connections to literature and local culture. By exploring these places, visitors gain insight into how people lived in earlier times and how they shaped modern-day Quantock Hills.

7. Picnicking and Relaxation

Picnicking and Relaxation

One of the best ways to enjoy the natural beauty of Quantock Hills is by having a picnic in one of its scenic spots. The area offers plenty of peaceful locations where you can set up your blanket and enjoy some delicious food while surrounded by breathtaking views.

Whether you prefer open fields or shaded areas, there are plenty of choices for picnicking in Quantock Hills. You can choose from various picturesque locations such as Holford Combe, Cothelstone Hill, and Fyne Court. These spots offer panoramic views that will leave you feeling relaxed and at peace with nature.

In addition to enjoying good food and stunning vistas, picnicking in Quantock Hills also provides an opportunity to bond with loved ones or friends. This activity encourages quality time together without distraction from technology or other distractions.

If you don’t have time to prepare your own picnic basket, there are local cafes and shops nearby that offer ready-made meals perfect for outdoor dining like this one. And don’t forget to pack a few games or books for entertainment purposes!

Picnicking is a fun way to relax and unwind amidst the serene surroundings of Quantock Hills – just be sure not to leave any rubbish behind!

8. Photography


If you’re a photography enthusiast, the Quantock Hills offer an excellent opportunity to capture some stunning shots. With its diverse wildlife and breathtaking landscapes, this area is a haven for nature photographers.

Whether you prefer landscape or wildlife photography, there’s no shortage of subjects to capture in the Quantock Hills. The rolling hills, wooded valleys and open moorland provide plenty of opportunities for capturing beautiful vistas.

You can focus on the details too – from wildflowers to insects and birds – even macro photographers will find something interesting here. You may be lucky enough to spot a red deer among the trees or one of the many bird species that make their home in these hills.

The changing seasons also bring new opportunities for creative photography. In autumn you’ll see spectacular colors as the foliage turns golden; during winter snowfall transforms everything into an enchanted wonderland while spring brings out bright bluebells carpeting woodland floors.

Whatever your interest in photography is, there’s always something new to discover when exploring the Quantock Hills with your camera!

9. Local Events

Local Events

The Quantock Hills are not just a pretty place to visit, but also a hub of exciting events and activities throughout the year. From festivals and fairs to guided walks and wildlife talks, there is always something happening in the area that will keep visitors entertained.

One popular event is the annual Quantock Food Festival held every summer at Crowcombe Court. The festival showcases local food producers, cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs, live music performances, and children’s activities.

For those interested in history, Coleridge Cottage organizes various literary events throughout the year. Visitors can attend poetry readings or learn more about Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s life through guided tours of his former home.

Nature lovers should check out the “Wildlife Walks” organized by the Somerset Wildlife Trust. These guided walks offer unique opportunities to spot rare bird species and other wildlife while learning about conservation efforts in the area.

Other notable events include vintage car rallies, art exhibitions featuring local artists’ work inspired by their surroundings, charity runs/walks for good causes such as cancer research or animal welfare causes like pony rescue charities.

Attending a local event during your visit can be an excellent way to immerse yourself in Quantock Hill’s culture while having fun!

To sum up, the Quantock Hills provide a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of tourist attractions of everyday life. With its scenic trails, diverse wildlife, historical sites, and local events, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this beautiful area. Whether you’re a nature lover or simply looking for some relaxation time, the Quantock Hills have got you covered.

So why not plan a trip to this stunning destination and experience all that it has to offer? From hiking and cycling to horse riding and wildlife watching, there are plenty of things to do in the Quantock Hills that will leave you with memories that last a lifetime.

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Welcome to Quantock Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with beautiful landscapes and exceptional walking trails. We urge you to embark on a tour through the rolling Quantock Hills, showcasing the fascination of circular paths, lovely combs, and hidden treasures like Kilve in this travel guide. Immerse yourself in this AONB's pristine natural beauty, as each step gets you closer to the heart of the hills, revealing their stunning splendour. Quantock Hills AONB promises a tapestry of amazing experiences in one of England's best-kept secrets, whether you're an enthusiastic hiker, a wildlife enthusiast, or simply searching for a calm vacation.

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Look no further than Wills Neck if you're looking for the monarch of the Quantock Hills! It resembles a mountaintop king, standing 1,261 feet (384 metres) above sea level. It's as if you have a VIP ticket to the greatest seats in the house from up there. If you're ever in the Quantocks and want to feel like you're on top of the world, Wills Neck is your regal destination for some jaw-dropping beauty and a taste of that fresh hilltop air.

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Hodder's Combe, Holford Combe, and Frog Combe Walk

The Hodder's Combe, Holford Combe, and Frog Combe walk is a delightful excursion through the Quantock Hills' soft splendour. It's like a warm embrace from nature, encouraging you to experience three distinct and wonderful combs.

Hodder's Combe is your private oasis of peace. It's the kind of location where you can't help but relax and let the stresses of the world wash away, with its lush vegetation and tranquil streams. Holford Combe is the combe that keeps you guessing at every turn. An adventure as warm and friendly as a hug from an old friend is created by ancient trees, undulating hills, and a sprinkle of history. Then there's Frog Combe, where the woods appear to tell you their stories!

This walk goes through the attractive Hodder’s Combe, Holford Combe and Frog Combe and visits the village of Holford along the way.

The Holford-Beacon Hill Circular Walk

The Holford-Beacon Hill Circular Walk is a bit of hiking paradise with a dash of wit and a whole lot of charm. This round path is your golden ticket to a luxurious exploration of the Quantock Hills.PThe paths run through old woodlands, where the trees seem to speak secrets of bygone generations. The walk eventually leads to Beacon Hill, where the views are so spectacular that they should come with a warning!You might even see a red deer or two if you're lucky, adding a touch of wildlife magic to your day. But here's the best part: after you're done, Holford's pleasant pubs and local goodies welcome you back to civilization like a warm hug.

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This walk heads along ridges to reach Beacon Hill before descending through combes to join the Coleridge Way and head to Holford. After going through Hodder’s Combe the route ascends to Higher Hare Knapp. You can expect to find stunning views and attractive combes along the way.

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Fyne Court and Great Wood Walk: A Family-Friendly Stroll through History

The beauty of Fyne Court, a National Trust property with lovely gardens and forests, and the old Great Wood are combined in this walk. It's a great option for a family-friendly walk that allows you to visit both natural and historical sights.

Lovely walk through the grounds of what is left of Fyne Court.

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Take in the beautiful views of the Quantock Hills and discover the rare Exmoor ponies grazing over Cothelstone Hill, wild flowers and the woodlands.

The Quantock Hills provides miles of breath taking scenery; escape into a world of spring flowers and sweet smells of blossom. It's the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern day life.

There are plenty of trails to discover at your own pace too, leading to areas of wilderness and tranquillity with panoramic views.  You will find rocky Jurassic coastline, exposed heathland summits, deep wooded combes, undulating farmland and attractive friendly villages all within this protected landscape.  There is an adventure for everyone to be had on the Quantock Hills.

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The Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is situated to the west of the town of Bridgewater in Somerset, south-west England - it was the first area in England to be designated an AONB, in 1956. The north-west of the ridge of hills reaches the Bristol Channel at Quantocks Head while the southern end is at the Vale of Taunton Deane, about 15 miles to the south-east.

The nature of the landscape, a ridge of hills standing above verdant valleys and small farms, changes with the altitude - the fields and woodlands at lower levels giving way to gorse covered scrubland higher up. The relative high altitide of the Quantock Hills (in reality only about 250-275 metres above sea level), and their position near the coast, also mean there are great opportunities to enjoy extensive views from the higher points, such as Beacon Hill.

Outdoors in the Quantock Hills

The most enjoyable way to explore the Quantock Hills is slowly, perhaps on foot, bike or horseback, and there are plentiful trails and small roads available to meet all needs. It is possible to walk from one end of the ridge of hills to the other, and the region is also well known locally for the quality of its mountain bike routes.

The region is also proud of its association with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the poet who lived in Nether Stowey for two years at the end of the 18th century, and literary enthusiasts might like to follow part of the trail named in his honour, the Coleridge Way (the trail leads 36 miles from Nether Stowey, eventually reaching Wheddon Cross and Porlock on the coast of northern Exmoor).

Towns and villages in the Quantocks

There are no significant towns that will within the AONB itself, but there are several attractive Quantock hills villages to be explored: Aisholt, Broomfield, East Quantoxhead, Nether Stowey, Holford, Stogumber, Bicknoller, Crowcombe and Kingston St Mary are among the most attractive but there are others also worthy of a visit, somatimes little more than a huddle of houses and perhaps a traditional village church, that you will discover when you visit the Quantock Hills.

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Did I just hear you say where? What, you’ve never heard of the Quantocks? Don’t worry, many haven’t as I discovered when confronted with bemused faces at the mention of my weekend getaway. But, this beautiful place is certainly worth a visit. Here’s a guide on why you should visit, and how to make the most of your time here.

Where Are The Quantocks, UK


The Quantock Hills are located just one hour south of Bristol (where you can find luxury glamping) and one hour north of Exeter. They form the western border of the county of Somerset in southwest England. On a clear day, from the top of the hills, you can see across the Bristol Channel as far as the Gower Peninsula in Wales.

The M5 is the main highway leading into Somerset if you’re driving. If you’re opting for public transport, you can travel to the nearby town of Taunton by train.

What to Expect From The Quantocks, Somerset


The Quantocks romantic and breathtaking landscape offer rolling hills, deep wooded valleys, and magnificent moorlands. You’ll spot rare grazing Exmoor ponies as well as an epic Jurassic coastline. No surprise it was named England’s first recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1956. Poets S amuel Taylor Coleridge and Wordsworth penned some of their greatest works about the magic of these hills.


You can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life to a world of wilderness, serenity, and friendly villages with the most glorious countryside pubs. The best thing of all is they’re less well known than their nearby neighbour Exmoor, so that’s a bonus!

Quantock Hills Things to Do

Now that you know a bit more about these glorious hills, here’s how to make the most of your time in one of England’s true hidden gems:

Enjoy a Walking Trail on The Quantocks Hills

Grab your walking boots and explore the unspoiled ancient and beautiful hills of Quantock on foot. It really is one of the best ways to savour the medley of landscapes. There are some fantastic long and short walking trails, perfect for all kinds of fitness levels.


Take the route along the picturesque heathland of Lydeard Hill and walk to the highest point of the Quantocks, Wills Neck . Take the route along the picturesque heathland of Lydeard Hill and walk to the highest point of the Quantocks, Wills Neck . The winding path through woodland over Beacon Hill starting from Staple Plain will take you past some amazing coastal views.


If forested landscapes are more your thing, follow in the footsteps of Samuel Coleridge and William Wordsworth. Amble through the sessile oak woods at Holford Combe and it’s easy to see where they got their inspiration.


The Great Wood is perfect for families, with plenty of nooks and crannies to explore along the two-mile red walk and some impressively soaring Douglas firs. With lots of bridleways and forest roads, it’s easy to explore on a bike or on horseback. It also has designated picnic and BBQ spots, making it the ideal place to spend the day.

Go Fossil Hunting

This activity is wonderful for children and adults alike. You’re sure to feel like Indiana Jones as you brush the dirt off of a freshly found fossil.

Many fossil hunters head straight down to the Jurassic Coast in Dorset , missing out on a treasure trove of fossils in West Somerset’s smaller bays.


The stretch of coast from Kilve and East Quantoxhead is great for hunting reptile remains, ammonites, belemnites, and unusual shells. Grand limestone cliffs join the slate and shingle beach for some impressive panoramas.


The best time to visit is during falling tide after the vigorous waves stir up the sand uncovering fresh fossil material. There are The best time to visit is during falling tide after the vigorous waves stir up the sand uncovering fresh fossil material. There are plenty of rock pools to explore which will also keep the kids entertained.


Kilve beach is surrounded by beautiful cliffs formed around 200 million years ago from oil-rich shale. The different layers of rock are clearly visible, offering a wonderfully unique backdrop.

Explore Quantocks, Somerset on Horseback

The Quantocks are a haven for horse riders. Miles of unspoiled countryside can offer an incredible riding experience, ending with an exhilarating gallop along the beach. Sounds idyllic, right?


You can ride through ancient forests and bluebell woods, made extra special if you encounter the wild Quantock ponies. Riding your own horse is also a wonderful confidence-building experience for children, and something they won’t soon forget.

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For those less experienced or without a horse, there are plenty of riding schools in the area. We did a short 30 minutes hack with the Quantock School of Riding along country lanes. It’s the perfect length for first-time riders and children and costs £25 per person.


Savour Some Local Produce

In the Quantocks you’re never too far away from a foodie delight. Somerset is known for its amazing local produce available in the farm shops and delicatessens dotted around.


There are also some rather quaint local pubs, like the Blue Ball in Triscombe and the Rising Sun Inn in West Bagborough . Well worth a visit for a hearty, tasty meal.

Relax in a Quantock Shepherd’s Hut

City dwellers often dream of the idyllic life in the country. Surrounded by the most beautiful and peaceful landscapes. There are a number of properties in the Quantocks that can deliver this lifestyle, if only for a few days.


Tilbury Farm is nestled within 45 acres of farmland offering breathtaking views over the Blackdown Hills and the Quantock Hills . You’ll be able to take in the best views of the Quantocks, right from your porch. It’s the perfect place to sip your morning coffee as you get excited for the day ahead.

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We stayed in a cosy shepherd’s hut with our own private hillside meadow, a wooden deck, chairs, a firepit, and hot tub to enjoy the evenings. So if your toes get chilly during the winter months, you have a hot soak to look forward to at the end of the day.

Sitting area in the shepherds hut

The inside was even more delightful. A cosy enclave with a double bed and another bed that disappeared into the wall by day, revealing a dining area. The ensuite bathroom came complete with toiletries.

There’s also a wood burner for cooler evenings and a compact kitchenette, complete with a butler sink and SMEG oven. The attention to detail with no expense spared made it a perfect hideaway in the hills.

Views of the Quantock Hills from shepherd's hut

Ready to Experience the Best Quantock Hills Attractions?

Quantock Hills is a quaint, beautiful area in the UK, making it the perfect place to explore, whether you’re travelling solo, with a partner, or with the whole family in tow. Since it is an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”, you know you’re in for a treat.

So, what are you waiting for? Use my travel toolkit below to ensure that you’re ready for the adventure, and get packing! And once you’ve experienced this gem, why not discover London’s hidden gems too?

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I didn’t know this place existed! It’s so picturesque!

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Angie, perfect staycation for you, Mr S and Baby O x

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I love the Quantocks, have been a few times for work. Admittedly it’s always been foggy when I’ve been, which makes it incredibly mysterious!

Kim, in good weather it’s incredibly stunning. Nice that you get to go there with work.

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The diversity of landscapes is so interesting. The beaches are like none that I’ve ever seen before and so interesting. I love the accommodations, they are so quaint and fun. What a neat little “hidden” gem to visit.

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It’s a lovely place and one many haven’t heard of and miss. Some of the beaches are so unusual and stunning.

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Wow! what an awesome place to visit! love searching for fossils on a hike! – and who doesn’t like a good horseback ride!

Yeah it’s a great place for fossil lovers.

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Great timing Sima, we’re heading this way at the end of next month, stopping between the Quantock Hills and Exmoor! Pinning for future reference

Amazing Emmalene! It’s such a stunning area. Hope you guys have a great time.

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The Quantock Hills

Home to coast, heath and combe, the Quantock Hills’ distinctive landscapes, cultural heritage and diverse flora and fauna make it one of the most unique National Landscapes in Europe. 

A landscape that has huge historical, cultural, and environmental significance, the Quantock Hills in Somerset has long been a place for wanderers to seek repose and inspiration. In fact, just over 200 years ago, it was the playground and muse of some of the UK’s most celebrated poets:  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, and Dorothy Wordsworth. Hurrying into the hills, they discovered a world of unparalleled natural beauty with valleys, heath, woodlands, streams, and hilltops from which to conceive some of their most famous works.  

Still largely undeveloped thanks to its protected status, which was granted in 1956, discovering the beauty of the Quantock Hills AONB is still as appealing as ever. One of the rarest environments in Europe, the Quantocks’ heathland plays a vital role in the area’s ecology and provides a beautiful backdrop for adventures. Some of the most majestic residents are the red deer (the largest mammal in Britain), which can often be seen on the heath at dawn or dusk, as can the very cute Quantock ponies. 

From heathland walks to meals in cosy pubs, here are just some of things you can look forward to in the Quantocks.

Places to Eat and Drink

Combe house, holford.

Whether you’re looking forward to a warming lunch with a glass of Somerset cider, an atmospheric evening dinner with a bottle of bubbles, or a tailored menu for a private celebration, Combe House in Holford village has something for you. Using the best suppliers from West Somerset, this restaurant celebrates the county and the seasons with mouth-watering dishes crafted by its passionate team of chefs.

The Hood Arms, Kilve

A historic coaching inn, the 17th Century Hood Arms pub has been welcoming hungry travellers for hundreds of years. Situated on the fringes of the Quantock Hills in the village of Kilve, it awaits with a suntrap beer garden in summer and roaring log fires in winter. Step across its original flagstone floors and take a seat, ready to peruse its menu of hearty pub grub offerings and seasonal specials.

Quantock Brewery, Bishops Lydeard

Founded in 2007 by Rob Rainey, a former nuclear engineer, Quantock Brewery ’s philosophy is all about brewing the best quality beers from the best quality ingredients. From their CAMRA and SIBA accredited microbrewery, they produce award-winning beers that have won medals in the prestigious World Beer Awards. Head over to their brewery and taproom to sample your favourites and head away with a bottle or three.

The Bicknoller Inn, Bicknoller

A thatched pub equally as full of character as history, the dog-friendly Bicknoller Inn is a beloved choice among visitors and locals alike. Welcoming everyone from families to walkers to roadtrippers, it provides a welcome spot for wholesome repasts and tasty pick-me-ups. Entertaining all generations, the pub is complete with a cobblestone courtyard, large garden, boules court and an indoor skittle alley.

The Plough Inn, Holford

The Plough Inn is situated in the picturesque village of Holford, which was one of William Wordsworth’s favourite places to visit. On the edge of Hodders Combe, a wooded valley perfect for hiking, it is a particularly popular pub amongst walkers of both the two and four-legged variety. As well as its tempting foodie menu for humans, this dog-friendly pub even has its own little doggy menu, too.

The Foxy Bean Café, Adscombe

Come rain or shine, you just can’t beat a wedge of cake and a cup of tea after a day in the fresh, country air. If you feel like treating your tastebuds and fuelling your soul, make way to the Foxy Bean Café , a quirky tearoom at the foot of the Quantock Hills. Serving simple light bites, speciality hot drinks and a wide range of cakes and bakes, this café has something for everyone.  

The Swan at Kingston, Kingston St Mary

 The quintessential English village pub, the 17th Century Swan at Kingston beckons with log fires, open beams, brimming cups and heaped plates. Well-known for their delightful Sunday lunches, the pub serves up flavoursome dishes of classic British favourites, all accompanied by an extensive selection of drinks from the well-stocked bar. Food is served from Wednesday to Sunday and the pub is dog-friendly throughout.


Cothelstone hill: seven sisters.

Also known as the Seven Sisters, Cothelstone Hill is one of the best places to visit in the Quantocks for its uninterrupted views, incredible wildlife and fascinating history. Graced by Exmoor ponies and peppered with prehistoric monuments, it boasts something to see at every turn. Pick up the 2.5-mile Cothelstone Hill walk for daytime exploration, or head back to this Dark Sky Site after hours for unparalleled stargazing opportunities.

Kilve Beach

Tucked in the coastline between Minehead and Bridgwater is the “delightful shore” (as described by William Wordsworth) of Kilve Beach. A rocky beach indented with shallow pools and backed by grassy banks, this dog-friendly beach is a firm favourite amongst rock poolers and fossil hunters. While picking fossils out of the cliffs is banned to protect this SSSI, you may be lucky enough to find a Jurassic gem hidden along the shore.

West Somerset Railway

The longest heritage railway in England, the West Somerset Railway offers passengers of all ages the chance to enjoy a memorable ride through beautiful countryside and coast. Stopping off at ten stations in Somerset and the Quantocks, this peaceful journey allows you to sit back and soak up views as far as South Wales, as well as glimpses of local landmarks too. Look out for views of Minehead’s Strand Beach, Dunster Castle , the Quantock Hills, Exmoor , Bristol Channel and more as you go.

An arboretum and wildlife garden in the heart of the Quantock Hills, the National Trust-run Fyne Court is a real hidden gem. Once the grounds of a grand Georgian mansion (that was sadly lost to fire in 1894), the gardens now afford an adumbral sanctuary in which to wander waymarked trails and enjoy abundant flora and fauna. Learn about the history of the estate in Fyne Court’s information room, take the kids to build a den in the outdoor play area, and enjoy a cup of tea in the Courtyard Café.

Things to Do

Fossil hunting.

One of the best places to visit in Somerset and the Quantock Hills for fossil hunting is the section of coast between Kilve and East Quantoxhead. Amongst the amazing fossil finds, ammonites can often be discovered along the rocky foreshore of the coast, as well as rarer and more unusual prizes like fossilised marine reptiles. With rocks here dating back 200 million years, you really will be holding history in your hands.

 Should you feel like practising your swing, Cannington Golf Course lies just beyond the outer reaches of the Quantocks AONB and is regularly hailed as one of the best courses in the South West. Beginner-friendly, it offers something for all abilities of golfers with its 18-hole golf course, driving range and swing studio. If you’d like a few pointers, golf lessons are also available at Cannington, perfect if you’d like to refine your technique and take your playing to the next level.

The Quantock Hills AONB and surrounds are home to some of the prettiest villages in the West Country. Photogenic subjects for the lens, they provide lots of inspiration for photography with their picture-postcard aesthetics, lined with historic houses and idyllic thatched cottages. Bishops Lydeard, Bicknoller, and East Quantoxhead are particularly well-known for their attractive buildings and quiet lanes, which you can explore at your own pace. The latter, East Quantoxhead, boasts an old courthouse with a Medieval tower (as well as an Iron Age hill fort and Bronze Age burial chambers. The village of Nether Stowey resides just outside of the Quantocks and is also worth a visit for its castle. The remnants of a Medieval motte and bailey fortification, Stowey Castle is a must for all history-lovers.

There are lots of amazing walks in the Quantocks . For panoramas over heathland and the Quantocks, both Lydeard Hill and Staple Plain offer some of the best views in the Quantocks, while for long-distance treks, the Coleridge Way affords 51 miles of gorgeous scenery. For walkways betwixt tangled branches and creaking trunks, head to the beautiful woodlands that pepper this AONB, such as Woodland Hill and Great Wood – originally a Royal hunting forest before its oak trees were used for shipbuilding in the 1800s. For birdwatchers, Sessile Wood is a real gem too, home to wood warblers, pied flycatchers, three species of woodpecker and many more feathered beauties.

Not just promising inland walks, the Quantock Hills AONB is also a firm favourite for its incredible seascapes. Emerging from heath and woodlands, you can explore beaches peppered with some of the finest fossils in Europe. A particularly great walk to take if you’re interested in geology (or just want to admire the views!), the circular Kilve to East Quantoxhead walk shows off the coast’s rock formations and has great fossil finding opportunities, picnic spots and facilities along the way too.

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The 20 best cities to live in the world, ranked in a 2024 report.

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What are the best cities to live in the world? Every year, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) evaluates cities across the globe for their liveability, releasing the much-anticipated Global Liveability Index 2024 .

This year, the new report examines 173 cities using data like stability, healthcare, culture, environment, education and infrastructure, then ranks them on a 100-point scale.

For the third consecutive year, Vienna, Austria, claims the title of the world’s best city to live. Achieving perfect scores in stability, healthcare and education, Vienna is celebrated for its unmatched blend of cultural richness and essential public services.

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Overall, Western Europe remains the world’s most liveable region with eight cities in the top 20. Coming in second on the list—also for the third year in a row—is Copenhagen, Denmark. Zurich, Switzerland ousted Melbourne, Australia to take the third place on the list in 2024 (a position it held in 2022). Compare these results to 2023 and 2022 .

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So what do the results say about global liveability? This year’s report reveals a positive trend, primarily driven by significant improvements in healthcare and education in developing nations. However, these gains are somewhat offset by declining scores in several top-tier cities.

“Global liveability has risen fractionally over the past year but risks to stability remain,” Barsali Bhattacharyya, deputy industry director at EIU, explained in a press release. “High inflation, accompanied by interest rates and other economic headwinds, has led to frequent protests worldwide.”

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Geopolitical risks also had an impact on the index, as seen with the war affecting Tel Aviv’s rankings. “The world is experiencing rising polarization, evidenced by increased protests and dissatisfaction with governmental policies,” said Bhattacharyya.

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Again this year, the U.S. didn’t crack the list of top 20 best places to live—but it moved up, with Honolulu taking the top spot as the best U.S. city to live. Honolulu ranked 23 on the overall list—a two point increase from 2023, when it was number 25.

Honolulu performed well due to its robust educational facilities. It also scored strongly on stability as compared to other U.S. cities.

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Despite dominating the top 20 with eight cities on the list, Europe faces challenges, recording the largest overall decline due to deteriorating stability scores. A surge in protests across Western Europe—spanning issues from far-right extremism to EU agricultural policies—reflects underlying societal tensions that could threaten future stability.

Meanwhile, the Middle East and North Africa region presents stark contrasts. The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has significantly impacted Tel Aviv, which has plummeted by 20 places to rank 112th. On the other hand, Gulf cities like Dbai and Abu Dhabi have seen improvements in healthcare and education, pushing their liveability scores higher.

In North America, a housing crisis has impacted the results—pushing infrastructure scores down. Toronto dropped from the top 10 in 2023 to the 12th position for 2024. Meanwhile, some major U.S. cities showed big drops. Miami went from number six last year to number eight this year.

Read on for the rankings of the best cities to live around the world and in the United States.

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Ranked: The 20 Best Cities To Live in the World

1. Vienna, Austria

2. Copenhagen, Denmark

3. Zurich, Switzerland

4. Melbourne, Australia

5. Calgary, Canada (tied with Geneva)

5. Geneva, Switzerland (tie)

7. Sydney, Australia (tied with Vancouver)

7. Vancouver, Canada (tie)

9. Osaka, Japan (tied with Aukland)

9. Auckland, New Zealand (tie)

11. Adelaide, Australia

12. Toronto, Canada

13. Helsinki, Finland

14. Tokyo, Japan

15. Perth, Australia

16. Brisbane, Australia

17. Frankfurt, Germany (tied with Luxembourg)

17. Luxembourg, Luxembourg (tie)

19. Amsterdam, Netherlands

20. Wellington, New Zealand

Honolulu has been named the best city to live in the U.S. and the 23rd best place to live in the ... [+] world. Here, a surfboard-lined alley off the commercial shopping district of Kalakaua Avenue by Waikiki Beach.

Ranked: The 10 Best Cities To Live In The U.S.

1. Honolulu, Hawaii (overall ranking: 23)

2. Atlanta, Georgia (overall ranking: 29)

3. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (overall ranking: 30)

4. Seattle, Washington (overall ranking: 34)

5. Washington D.C. (overall ranking: 38)

6. Chicago, Illinois (overall ranking: 39)

7. Boston, Massachusetts (overall ranking: 45)

8. Miami, Florida (overall ranking: 47)

9. San Francisco, California (overall ranking: 49)

10. Minneapolis, Minnesota (overall ranking: 50)


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By Alex Schultz · Last updated on May 4, 2024

The capital of Russia is an incredible place to explore. Visitors to Moscow come away spellbound at all the amazing sights, impressed at the sheer size and grandeur of the city. Lying at the heart of Moscow, the Red Square and the Kremlin are just two of the must-see tourist attractions; they are the historical, political and spiritual heart of the city – and indeed Russia itself.

A fascinating city to wander around, stunning cathedrals, churches, and palaces lie side-by-side with bleak grey monuments and remains from the Soviet state. In addition to its plethora of historical and cultural tourist attractions, Moscow is home to world-class museums, theaters and art galleries.

Renowned for its performing arts, fantastic ballets and amazing circus acts, catching a show while in Moscow is a must. The wealth of brilliant restaurants, trendy bars, and lively nightlife means there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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17. Tsaritsyno Palace

Tsaritsyno Palace

Once the summer residence of Catherine the Great, the stunning Tsaritsyno Palace is now a museum-reserve. The architecture is magnificent and there is a lovely park surrounding it for visitors to explore.

Located in the south of Moscow, the palace was commissioned in 1775 and recent renovations mean its lavish interior looks better than ever before with its elegant halls and beautiful staircases.

The exhibits on display look at the life of the empress as well as the history of Tsaritsyno itself. The huge palace grounds are also home to some other delightful buildings with the elegant opera house and wonderful brickwork of the Small Palace being particularly impressive to gaze upon.


Starting out in 1935 as the ‘All-Union Agricultural Exhibition’, VDNKh has slowly morphed over the years into the fascinating open-air museum of today. Remarkably, over 400 buildings can now be found within its confines.

The huge park complex has numerous pavilions representing former Soviet republics on show, such as those of Armenia and Turkmenistan and the distinctive architecture of each of the buildings is always interesting to gaze upon. In addition to this there is the fascinating Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics which is dedicated to space exploration and the fun Moskvarium aquarium even offers you the chance to swim with dolphins.

With lots of eateries scattered about and numerous entertainment options such as horse-riding and zip-lining, there is something for everyone to enjoy; the Friendship of Nations fountain truly is wonderful.

15. Kremlin Armoury

Kremlin Armoury

One of the oldest museums in the city, the Kremlin Armoury has a wealth of treasures; highlights include the ornate Grand Siberian Railway egg, the historic Cap of Monomakh and the stunning Imperial Crown of Russia which often has a crowd of tourists around it, jostling to take a photo.

Once the royal armory, there are loads of fascinating objects on display. Perusing the many sabers, jewelry, armor and more is as interesting as it is educational and entertaining and the swords are so finely crafted that you’ll almost wish you could pick up one and wield if yourself.

Established in 1851, the museum is situated in the Moscow Kremlin.

14. GUM Department Store

GUM Department Store

Standing for ‘Main Universal Store’ in Russian, GUM is stunning. Its wonderful skylights and beautiful facades mean it doesn’t look out of place alongside its illustrious neighbors on Red Square.

With over 200 shops, boutiques and upmarket eateries inside, it is a shopaholic’s heaven and concerned partners will be glad to find more affordable options alongside luxury brands such as Dior and Prada.

The main department store in the city, GUM was opened in 1893. The stunning architecture makes it well worth a visit even if shopping isn’t your thing.

13. Moscow Metro

Moscow Metro

It’s not often that public transport looks like a work of art. So many stops on the Moscow Metro will astound visitors with their beauty and elegance.

Decked in marble and with frescoes covering the walls, the stations are amazing to gaze upon and are part of one of the longest metro systems in the world, with the first stations opened in 1935.

Using the metro is the quickest and easiest way to get around Moscow and braving the crowds of commuters is well worth it for the beauty all around you.

12. Arbat Street

Arbat Street

An elegant yet lively street, Arbat is full of impressive architecture and was once a popular place to live for aristocrats, artists, and academics.

A historic place, it is down Arbat Street that Napoleon’s troops are said to have headed on their way to capture the Kremlin.

Nowadays, there are many cafes, restaurants, and shops, as well as various monuments and statues to former residents such as Alexander Pushkin who was reputed to be a lover of the Russian Empress due to his massive influence in court.

11. Novodevichy Convent

Novodevichy Convent

Drenched in history, the Novodevichy Convent is located in a striking building that was once a fortress. This captivating place is well worth visiting when in Moscow.

Founded in 1524, the convent houses four cathedrals; Smolensk Cathedral is the undoubted highlight due to its delightful 16th-century frescoes.

Wandering around the grounds is like stepping back in time. The Novodevichy Cemetery is where many famous leaders of the Soviet Union are buried, such as Yeltsin and Khrushchev.

10. Pushkin Museum

Pushkin Museum

Despite its name, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts actually has no connection at all to the famous poet other than that it was named in his honor after his death. A delight to visit, its extensive collection focuses on European art with masterpieces by Botticelli, Rembrandt, and van Gogh all featuring.

Sculptures, graphic art, paintings and more can be found in its beautiful galleries; various sections look at themes and epochs such as the Renaissance, the Dutch Golden Age, and Byzantine art.

Among the many highlights are the clownish characters which can be found in Cezanne’s Fastnacht (Mardi Gras) and the twirling ballerinas who look so elegant in Degas’ Blue Dancers. Picasso’s Young acrobat on a Ball is also well worth checking out for its interesting use of shapes and colors.

9. Christ The Savior Cathedral

Christ The Savior Cathedral

This gorgeous Russian Orthodox cathedral is located on the banks of the Moskva River, just a stone’s throw away from the Kremlin.

The church as it stands today was consecrated in 2000, as the original church that stood here was destroyed on the command of Josef Stalin in 1931 due to the anti-religious campaign.

With its delightful golden dome, spires and dazzling white facades, the Christ the Savior Cathedral is stunning. The interior is just as captivating to wander around, with its beautifully tiled floors and impressive altar.

8. Lenin Mausoleum

Lenin Mausoleum

Opened to the public in 1924, Lenin’s Mausoleum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Moscow. The red granite structure is located at the heart of the city in Red Square.

Lenin’s embalmed body lies in a glass sarcophagus; it is a somewhat eerie experience walking past the former leader of the Soviet Union but is well worth doing as you understandably can’t do it anywhere else in the world.

After visiting the mausoleum, head to the Kremlin wall right next to it for more graves of important communist figures such as Stalin and Brezhnev.

7. Tretyakov Gallery

Tretyakov Gallery

Home to the most extensive and impressive collection of Russian fine art in the world, the State Tretyakov Gallery is definitely worth visiting when in Moscow for the wealth of amazing art pieces that it has on display.

Having started out as the private art collection of the Tretyakov brothers, there are now over 130,000 exhibits. Highlights include the iconic Theotokos of Vladimir which you will almost certainly recognise despite probably not knowing the name and Rublev’s Trinity which is considered to be one of highest achievements in Russian art.

An absolute must for art lovers, the State Tretyakov Gallery will delight visitors with all that is has to offer.

6. Kolomenskoye


Once a royal estate, Kolomenskoye is now a museum-reserve and lies a few kilometers outside of the city center. A captivating place to visit, there is a plethora of history on show and the site overlooks the Moskva River.

Consisting of four historical sites, there are extensive gardens for visitors to explore, as well as loads of interesting old buildings, the former village of Kolomenskoye itself and the impressive Palace of the Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich – once considered the Eighth Wonder of the World by contemporaries.

Among the many stunning sights, it is the brilliantly white Ascension Church that is the undoubted highlight – dating back to 1532.

5. Gorky Park

Gorky Park

Lying alongside the Moskva River, the huge Gorky Park is a lovely place to visit. Its extensive gardens are home to numerous cultural institutions and visitors should definitely check out the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and while the eclectic exhibits may not always feature such incredible sights as a balloon-covered rider on a zebra; they certainly always succeed in pushing back the boundaries of art.

Pop-up exhibitions and festivals can be found from time to time in the park itself and there is an open-air theatre and numerous eateries alongside a plethora of leisure activities.

Whether it’s cycling, table tennis or yoga that you are after or beach volleyball and rowing, Gorky Park certainly has it. In winter, there is a huge ice rink for visitors to enjoy.

4. Bolshoi Theatre

Bolshoi Theatre

The Bolshoi Theatre is the main theater in the country. The amazing opera and ballet performances it has put on over the centuries go a long way in explaining Russia’s rich history of performing arts.

While the Bolshoi Ballet Company was established in 1776, the theater itself was opened in 1825. The glittering, six-tier auditorium is lavishly and decadently decorated; it is a fitting setting for the world-class performances that take place on its stage.

Spending a night watching a performance of such classics as The Nutcracker or Swan Lake at the Bolshoi Theatre is sure to be a memorable experience and the beauty all around you only adds to the sense of occasion.

3. Moscow Kremlin

Moscow Kremlin

This famously fortified complex is remarkably home to five palaces and four cathedrals and is the historic, political and spiritual center of the city. The Kremlin serves as the residence for the country’s president. It has been used as a fort, and this fact is made clear by its sheer size. The Kremlin’s outer walls were built in the late 1400s.

Under Ivan III, better known as Ivan the Great, the Kremlin became the center of a unified Russian state, and was extensively remodeled. Three of the Kremlin’s cathedrals date to his reign that lasted from 1462-1505. The Deposition Church and the Palace of Facets were also constructed during this time. The Ivan the Great Bell Tower was built in 1508. It is the tallest tower at the Kremlin with a height of 266 feet (81 meters).

Joseph Stalin removed many of the relics from the tsarist regimes. However, the Tsar Bell, the world’s largest bell, and the Tsar Cannon, the largest bombard by caliber in the world, are among the remaining items from that era. The Kremlin Armory is one of Moscow’s oldest museums as it was established more than 200 years ago. Its diamond collection is impressive.

The Kremlin’s gardens – Taynitsky, Grand Kremlin Public and Alexander – are beautiful. The Kremlin has also served as the religious center of the country, and there is a tremendous number of preserved churches and cathedrals here. The collections contained within the museums include more than 60,000 historical, cultural and artistic monuments. Those who enjoy the performing arts will want to consider attending a ballet or concert at the State Kremlin Palace. Completed in 1961, it is the only modern building in the Kremlin.

2. Red Square

Red Square

Lying at the heart of Moscow, Red Square is the most important and impressive square in the city. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions due to its wealth of historical sights and cultural landmarks.

Drenched in history, the huge square is home to incredible sights such as the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s Mausoleum, among others. Consequently, it is not to be missed when in Moscow as it really is home to the city’s most stunning monuments.

It is here that many important moments in Russian history took place; the former marketplace has hosted everything from Tsar’s coronations and public ceremonies to rock concerts and Soviet military parades. Wandering around the massive square is a humbling experience and undoubtedly one of the highlights the city has to offer.

1. Saint Basil’s Cathedral

Saint Basil's Cathedral

Located in the impressive Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral is gorgeous; its delightful spires appear as if out of a fairytale. The most recognizable building in the country, the cathedral is very much a symbol of Russia. No visit to Moscow is complete without having taken in its unique and distinctive features.

Ivan the Terrible ordered the cathedral’s construction in the mid-16th century, and legend holds that Ivan put out the architect’s eyes so that he would be unable to build another cathedral more glorious than St. Basil’s. Designed to resemble the shape of a bonfire in full flame, the architecture is not only unique to the period in which it was built but to any subsequent period. For various reasons, both Napoleon and Stalin wanted to destroy the cathedral but fortunately did not succeed.

Known for its various colors, shapes and geometric patterns, St. Basil’s Cathedral houses nine different chapels that are all connected by a winding labyrinth of corridors and stairways. On the lower floor, St. Basil’s Chapel contains a silver casket bearing the body of St. Basil the Blessed.

Throughout the cathedral are many beautiful murals, frescoes, wooden icons and other art works and artifacts. Outside the cathedral is a lovely garden with the bronze Monument to Minin and Pozharsky, who rallied an all-volunteer Russian army against Polish invaders during a period of the late 16th century known as the Times of Troubles.

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Cothelstone Hill is a fantastic open country site in the southern end of the Quantock Hills providing some of the best views across Somerset. The hill is 90 hectares (about 126 football pitches) in size with high quality broadleaf woodland fringing the hilltop, itself full of species rich grassland. Cothelstone Hill is a great place to go walking with a self-guided circular walk or just to emerse yourself in nature and the landscape. The hill is home to a wealth of archaeological features, historic landmarks such as the iconic Seven Sisters and clues to ancient stories.


15 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions & Things to Do in Moscow

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Moscow is one of Europe's most enigmatic destinations, home to a fascinating history and colorful, awe-inspiring architecture you won't find anywhere else in the world. Moscow might be one of the most populous cities in the world with over 11 million inhabitants, but this hasn't changed its strong cultural and social traditions.

Walk the cobblestone streets of the Red Square or the banks of the Moskva River early in the morning, and it's hard to tell what century you're in.

Tsarist architecture, must-see churches, and glamorous shopping opportunities blend together for a visual experience you won't forget. For ideas on what to see and do while visiting Russia, here's our list of top tourist attractions in Moscow.

1. Marvel at the Size of the Kremlin

2. catch a performance at the bolshoi theatre, 3. shop at the luxurious gum, 4. make your way into lenin's mausoleum, 5. spend an hour (or three) at red square, 6. discover history at the museum of cosmonautics, 7. ride the stunning moscow metro, 8. explore the moscow state integrated museum-reserve, 9. spend a rainy day at the tretyakov gallery, 10. walk up and down arbat street, 11. stop by the vdnkh all-russian exhibition centre, 12. wander around gorky park, where to stay in moscow for sightseeing, map of tourist attractions & things to do in moscow.


Moscow's most recognizable structure is without a doubt the Kremlin, a 15th-century fortified complex that covers an area of 275,000 square meters surrounded by walls built in the 1400s.

The Grand Kremlin Palace -which has over 700 rooms- was once home to the Tsar family and is now the official residence of the president of the Russian Federation, although most heads of state choose to reside elsewhere.

The massive complex also includes many other buildings, some of which are open to the public and can be visited regularly. Aside from three cathedrals (including one where the Tsars were once crowned) and a number of towers, the Kremlin is also home to the Armory building, a museum holding everything from the royal crown and imperial carriages to the ivory throne of Ivan the Terrible and Fabergé eggs.

Bolshoi Theatre

The Bolshoi Theater is home to the largest and one of the oldest ballet and opera companies in the world . While the theater has undergone several major renovations over the past century-including a recent one in 2011 to restore some of the imperial architectural details-it still retains all of its Neoclassical grandeur.

The Bolshoi Theater you see today opened in 1824, after several older versions burned down. Inside, red velvet, a three-tiered crystal chandelier, and gilt moldings give the place a Byzantine-Renassaince grandiose feel like no other.

Catching a show from the resident ballet and opera troupes is a treat, as the theater often presents a number of classic performances, such as Tchaikovsky's Mazeppa and Rachmaninoff's Francesca da Rimini, both of which originally premiered here.


Moscow's oldest and most upscale shopping center is an architectural marvel. GUM (short for Glávnyj Universálnyj Magazín or "Main Universal Store") was built in the late 1800s in neo-Russian style to showcase a beautiful mix of a steel skeleton and 20,000 panels of glass forming an arched roof.

This was a unique construction at the time, since the glass had to be strong enough to support the snow-heavy Russian winters. The building is just as impressive outside, with all three levels covered in marble and granite.

While GUM is no longer the largest shopping center in Moscow, it's still by far the most beautiful. Home to brands like Gucci and Manolo Blahnik, this might not be the ideal destination for most budget-conscious visitors, but the beauty of the building itself is worth a visit.

On the third floor, there are also great dining options, including a Soviet-style canteen that serves traditional Russian food, and a stand selling ice cream made by hand using an original 1954 recipe originally approved by the Soviet government.

Lenin's Mausoleum

Lenin's Mausoleum, the final resting place of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin, occupies a central spot in Red Square. His body has been in the mausoleum since his death in 1924-and although the original plan was for him to be buried after a short period of public display for mourning, the plan quickly changed.

After over 100,000 visited the tomb over a period of six weeks, it was decided that a new sarcophagus and a more permanent display space could actually preserve Lenin's body for much longer than expected-and Lenin's Mausoleum was built.

Over the years, the mausoleum and its marble stairs also became the main spot from where Soviet leaders would watch parades and events happening in Red Square.

Lenin's embalmed body can still be seen today, lying down in a bulletproof glass sarcophagus as if he's sleeping. While a visit to the mausoleum is certainly unusual, it has become a must-do for history buffs looking to understand how Lenin's legacy truly changed the nation. Come ready to wait, though -there are usually lines to get in.

St. Basil's Cathedral on Red Square

All of Moscow's main streets start at Red Square, so it's easy to see why this is considered the heart of the city. A massive space of 330 meters by 70 meters, the square is flanked by the Kremlin, Lenin's Mausoleum, two cathedrals, and the State Historical Museum.

In 1945, a massive Victory Parade was held here to celebrate the defeat of Nazi Germany by the Soviet Armed Forces.

St. Basil's Cathedral , one of the most recognizable buildings on the square, was built in 1555. The unique cathedral has architectural details inspired by Byzantine and Asian design, as well as details that resemble those found in famous mosques. There are nine individual chapels inside the church, all decorated with colorful mural art.

Both the square itself and the Kremlin are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites . On weekends, there are sometimes stalls selling souvenirs and traditional items here, such as matryoshka (Russian nesting dolls), at the entrance of the square.

Monument to the Conquerors of Space

At one point, Russia and the US were toe-to-toe when it came to space exploration. While that might no longer be the case, the museum's amazing collection-which includes over 85,000 items-is still awe-inspiring.

Main exhibits include the space capsule used by Yuri Gagarin , the first human to travel into outer space; a USSR flag with moon fragments; a Soviet spacesuit; and a rocket propulsion unit from the 1960s. A special two-story hall showcases sections of the Mir space station interior, and there are also models of the first sputniks and a replica miniature spaceship.

English-language tours are available, and there's also a Cinema Hall showing subtitled short films about the history of space exploration programs and the first manned space flight.

The museum is located inside the base of the monument to the Conquerors of Space, which was built almost 20 years before the museum opened.

Komsomolskaya Station on the Moscow metro

Riding the Moscow metro is an experience all in itself, but even just heading underground to walk through the stations is something no visitor should miss. With 223 stations and 12 metro lines crosscutting through Moscow, however, this can be tricky, so visiting at least a few of the most impressive ones is a good start.

Arbatskaya station was designed by a skyscraper architect, so it's no surprise that it features multicolored granite slabs and impressive bronze chandeliers.

Park Kultury station , located next to Gorky Park, is covered in marble and features reliefs of people involved in sports, while Teatralnaya station is decorated with porcelain figures dancing and wearing traditional Russian costumes.

The metro is open between 5:30am and 1:00am but it's very crowded in the early morning and after 4pm, so it's better to visit in the late morning or early afternoon to really appreciate the architecture without the crowds.

Kolomenskoye Estate

The Moscow State Integrated Art and Historical Architectural and Natural Landscape Museum-Reserve is a cultural open-air museum complex comprised of four different historical sites.

The most important site, the Kolomenskoye Estate, was once the summer residence of Tsars as far back as the 14 th century. The complex, which covers almost 300 hectares, is home to fairy-tale wooden palaces; a tent-roof stone church built in the 1500s; a water tower; fort towers and structures; and the 24-room Museum of Wooden Architecture , which includes the restored dining room of Tsar Alexei I.

Beautiful manicured gardens , riverside picnic areas, and a massive collection of both artifacts and structures make this a great destination to help you see what medieval Russia looked like. English-language tours are available, but you're also free to wander the grounds on your own.

Tretyakov Gallery

The largest collection of Russian art in the world sits here, with over 180,000 paintings, sculptures, and religious art dating back to over a millennia ago. The gallery, built using beautiful red and white colors from classical Russian architecture, is located near the Kremlin and it was built in the early 20 th century.

Significant art pieces include the Vladimir Mother of God; a Byzantine icon of the Virgin and child dating back to the 1100s; Andrei Rublev's The Trinity icon from the 15 th century; and several works by Ilya Repin, the most famous realist painter in Russia.

On the grounds of the museum, there is also an 86-meter-tall statue of Peter the Great, as well as a number of Socialist Realism sculptures.

Night view of Arbat Street decorated for the holidays

Moscow's one-kilometer-long pedestrian street has been around since the 15 th century. Originally a trade route in the outskirts of the city, Arbat Street is now very centrally located, home to posh buildings and lots of places to eat and shop.

Beautiful street lamps and two significant statues-one of Princess Turandot (from Puccini's last opera) and one of Soviet-era poet Bulat Okudzhava-adorn the street, which fills up with both locals and tourists on evenings and weekends.

A great place to pick up souvenirs or sit down at an outdoor café, Arbat Street also offers a chance to visit the former home of poet Alexander Pushkin and the café both Anton Chekhov and Leo Tolstoy used to visit.

VDNKh All-Russian Exhibition Centre and the Friendship of the Peoples Fountain

Although it was originally designed as a general-purpose trade show venue, this park complex now houses amusement rides , ice rinks , and a number of galleries and other attractions for all ages.

The park's most famous landmarks are the Moskvarium, a marine biology center home to over 8000 species of marine animals, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, and a shopping center selling traditional products from former Soviet countries.

There's even a film museum showing Soviet cartoons or even a full-length film (for an extra fee) and an education center offering masterclasses on everything from becoming a barista to video montage (call or write in advance to find out which ones are English-friendly).

Soviet-era pavilions, sculptures, and fountains abound here as well, including the famous Friendship of the Peoples Fountain, which features statues of women dressed in costumes from different former Soviet countries.

Main entrance gate to Gorky Park

Named after the famous Russian writer Maxim Gorky (who was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature five times but never won it) and sitting right across the Moskva River, Gorky Park covers 120 hectares of beautiful ponds and green spaces.

Popular with both locals and tourists, the park offers a variety of things to enjoy-from sunbeds, hammocks, and drinking fountains to free yoga classes and children's playgrounds. There's free Wi-Fi and sockets for charging your phone, as well as many food stands and plenty of wild animals, including deer, rabbits, and pheasants.

Visitors can rent paddle boats and bicycles to explore the park-and from May to October, there is also an open-air movie theater, as well as scheduled presentations by street performers, musicians, and artists. Gorky Park attracts the young and old, so don't be surprised to see a mix of people exercising, playing chess, and sunbathing.

Luxury Hotels :

  • Lotte Hotel Moscow is one of the top 5-star properties in Moscow offering the largest Royal Suite in Russia. The trendy rooms and suites here all have contemporary style and great city views. On-site amenities are plentiful. There are two restaurants: one serving contemporary Italian fare, and the other Japanese. There is an impressively lit indoor swimming pool, a well-known spa, and a state-of-the-art gym.
  • Another excellent luxury hotel is the Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow . The residential-style property is in the heart of Moscow just next to the Bolshoi Theatre and within walking distance of the Kremlin and Red Square. The rooms and suites have been opulently designed by Tony Chi. The on-site restaurant serves a mix of European and Armenian specialities. There is also a Japanese sushi bar and a rooftop lounge with fabulous city views.
  • The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya also has a central location just a few minutes from the Kremlin and Red Square. The 5-star property has a mix of elegant rooms and suites, including interconnecting room options for families with kids. There are multiple restaurants on-site including an Italian bistro. Other amenities include the fabulous Iridium Spa, which does a full range of treatments and has an indoor swimming pool, sauna, and steam room.

Mid-Range Hotels :

  • Palmira Business Club is a top mid-range choice. The contemporary lifestyle hotel offers well-appointed rooms and suites, including options for families. Suites are quite spacious and have kitchenettes. Amenities here include a complimentary breakfast at the on-site restaurant, a hot tub, sauna, and spa. There is also a fitness center.
  • The trendy Mercure Moscow Baumanskaya offers a mix of rooms and suites with contemporary decor. The mid-range hotel can arrange airport transportation and offers baggage storage. Other amenities include a restaurant and room service. The front desk is open 24 hours.
  • Boutique Hotel Brighton is about 10 minutes from the city center in a leafy park area. It offers excellent value for money and has charming rooms and suites with sound-proof windows and doors, as well as blackout curtains. A complimentary breakfast is served, and there is also an indoor swimming pool.

Budget Hotels :

  • Hotel Ibis Budget Moscow Panfilovskaya is about a 15-minute drive from Moscow's downtown, and it's within walking distance from a metro station that will take you there. The soundproof rooms at this budget property are clean, comfortable, and can sleep up to three people. The hotel is pet friendly, has paid parking available on-site, and also has a salon.
  • If you just need a budget hotel near the airport then check out Aviator Hotel Sheremetyevo . Located right at the airport, it has soundproof rooms, including options for families. Amenities include an indoor play area for kids, a sauna and swimming pool, and a free breakfast.

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For many travelers, the ideal summer vacation spot offers unique character, an abundance of things to see and do, and little to no crowds.

That sentiment explains why CNN Travel compiled a new list of U.S. places where people can avoid "the elbow-to-elbow crowds of the big tourist cities." Its inaugural list of 10 cities includes one in Arizona, a popular stopover point on the way to the Grand Canyon.

CNN's list, called America's Best Towns to Visit in 2024, highlights smaller cities. Richmond, Virginia, was ranked No. 1 for its cultural and dining scenes and "intriguing" neighborhoods.

CNN's travel contributors selected the cities based on their attractions, dining, nightlife, culture, sense of identity, proximity to other interesting spots and wow factor.

New to the top 10 city for this year: a beloved restaurant chain arrived in April , and a West Coast flight from its airport is coming in the fall .

Why Flagstaff is one of CNN's America's Best Towns to Visit in 2024

Flagstaff, a northern Arizona city rich in ponderosa pine forests and overlooking the state's tallest mountain peak, is ranked No. 6 on CNN's list of America's Best Towns to Visit.

CNN's contributors gave Flagstaff high marks for its outdoor experiences, especially stargazing . They cited Flagstaff's status as an International Dark Sky City for its protection of the night sky from light pollution, as well as Lowell Observatory, the astronomy hub where Pluto was discovered in 1930.

They said the city's connection to outer space doesn't end there, with a nod to its proximity to Meteor Crater about 45 minutes east in Winslow. The natural landmark, one of The Arizona Republic's uniquely Arizona road trip destinations , preserves the site where a meteorite struck the Earth's surface about 50,000 years ago.

Flagstaff's proximity to Coconino National Forest and the San Francisco Peaks creates plentiful adventure opportunities, including skiing and snowboarding. Arizona Snowbowl at Humphreys Peak (elevation 12,633 feet), which CNN described as "ground zero for Flagstaff's winter sports scene," extended its season this year due to above-average snowfall, including its first-ever June dates .

Flagstaff is about 80 miles south of the Grand Canyon, one of America's most famous adventure spots.

Flagstaff is also a key stop on historic Route 66, where the city's historic downtown has evolved into a shopping, dining and entertainment hub.

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  • Tacoma, Washington.
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  • Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • Duluth, Minnesota.

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18 Best Places to Visit in New Mexico, According to Locals

Come to see historic small towns, scenic hiking trails, the "Grand Canyon of New Mexico," and more.

For a true taste of the American Southwest, consider a trip to New Mexico. Spanning approximately 121,000 square miles, the state is famous for its rich Indigenous history, vast landscapes (from towering dunes to subterranean caves), amazing archaeological sites, national landmarks (cliff dwellings, well-preserved adobe buildings, and centuries-old churches, to name a few), and an incredible arts and culture scene. It’s no surprise, then, that New Mexico is nicknamed the Land of Enchantment.

To narrow down the state’s best attractions, we reached out to local experts for their top recommendations. Without further ado, here are the best places to visit in New Mexico, from sprawling national parks to tiny towns and everything in between.

White Sands National Park

Spanning 275 square miles, White Sands National Park is the world’s largest gypsum dune field, and it looks and feels like an entirely different planet . The wave-like, powder-white sand dunes resemble mounds of snow, and visitors can hike or sled down them any time of year. It’s also worth noting the park is home to a handful of white-hued animals — which have changed to a lighter color over time to adapt to the environment — including mice, lizards, crickets, spiders, and moths. 

Couse-Sharp Historic Site

Angelisa Murray, CEO of guided tour operator Heritage Inspirations in Taos, describes the Couse-Sharp Historic Site as a “true gem” and “one of [her] favorite museums.” Here, you’ll find the former homes and art studios of Taos Society of Artists (TSA) founding members Joseph Sharp and E.I. Couse. “Our guests can see the actual moccasins and pottery that Couse painted in his paintings ... and journey back in time to get a real feel of Taos in the early 1900s,” says Murray.

“ Abiquiú is one of my favorite small towns to take our guests,” says Murray. The town, which was settled by the Spanish in the mid-18th century, looks and feels like it was plucked out of a classic Western, and visitors may even recognize it from fan-favorite flicks like Indiana Jones . However, it’s also famous for being the home of renowned American artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Don’t leave without visiting the O’Keeffe Home and Studio and Ghost Ranch (the artist’s summer home, about 20 minutes northwest). Murray also recommends popping into the state’s first general store, Bodes , which “offers an otherworldly experience for the intrepid traveler,” according to Murray.

Bandelier National Monument

Known for its magnificent mesas, canyons, and ancestral Pueblo dwellings, this national monument spans more than 33,000 acres of rugged landscape, making it a must-visit for history buffs and nature lovers alike. The 1.4-mile Pueblo Loop Trail winds through various archaeological sites and is a popular hike. If you’re looking for more thrills, hop on one of the ladders along the route to climb into small human-carved alcoves. Alternatively, experienced hikers may opt to tackle the challenging Frijoles Canyon and Rim Trail (eight miles one way). Keep in mind those who wish to visit Frijoles Canyon and the Pueblo Loop Trail will be required to take a shuttle, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily (mid-June through mid-October).

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

For a first-hand look at Pueblo culture, head to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Spanning more than 80 acres, the center is owned and operated by the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. On-site offerings include a museum, exhibition galleries, murals from Pueblo artists, and the Indian Pueblo Kitchen , which serves freshly prepared Native American cuisine. Don’t leave without stocking up on some souvenirs, including Native American artwork and a wide selection of traditional and contemporary crafts, jewelry, pottery, rugs, and more. Pro tip: Check the events calendar for a schedule of the latest programming.

Santuario de Chimayo

Marama Nengel, chef concierge at Bishop’s Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection , recommends taking an afternoon trip to Santuario de Chimayó , about 27 miles from Santa Fe. According to Nengel, thousands visit this picturesque adobe church — now a National Historic Landmark — each year. It’s best known for its holy dirt, which is believed to have healing properties. Per Nengel, no trip here is complete without a visit to the Centinela Traditional Arts gallery to see eight generations of Trujillo weavers. Finally, when hunger calls, tuck into some Southwestern fare at Rancho de Chimayó .

Puye Cliff Dwellings

Located in Los Alamos, this National Historic Landmark was once home to 1,500 Pueblo Indians. It’s no surprise, then, that the site boasts some stunning Pueblo architecture and well-preserved cliff and cave dwellings. The panoramic valley views are an incredible added bonus. It’s worth noting that guided tours are available Monday to Thursday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Santa Fe Plaza

Santa Fe Plaza is both a beloved tourist attraction and a popular gathering place for locals. This National Historic Landmark, established by the Spanish in the early 17th century, is renowned for its Spanish Pueblo architecture. The bustling location hosts a slew of events throughout the year, including the Traditional Spanish Market in the summer months. Come holiday season, the square gets decked out in twinkling lights, making it even more magical. In recent years, the area surrounding the Plaza has evolved into a buzzy hot spot with dozens of eclectic restaurants, shops, museums, and hotels.

El Rancho de Las Golondrinas

El Rancho de Las Golondrinas (“The Ranch of the Swallows”) is a historic ranch-turned-living history museum near downtown Santa Fe, though its rural surroundings make it feel worlds away, What’s more, a visit to this 200-acre site, which is dotted with striking adobe buildings, feels like a step back in time to New Mexico in the 1800s. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the ranch served as an official rest stop for travelers on El Camino Real, which stretched from Mexico City to Santa Fe. Note the site is closed for general admission between November and March.

Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway

The 65-mile Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway — named for the precious stone the Pueblo mined here centuries earlier — links Santa Fe and Albuquerque. As such, it makes for an excellent day trip from either city. The historic route winds through old mining and ghost towns such as Madrid , Golden , and Los Cerrillos . Carve out some time to stop at Casa Grande Trading Post , Cowgirl Red , and Tinkertown Museum , as well as Sandia Peak Tramway to soak up the postcard-worthy views from up high.

Sangre de Cristo Mountains

According to Hans Loehr, adventure center architect at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe , the Sangre de Cristo Mountains offer something for everyone, including scenic trails for hikers of all experience levels. Additionally, he tells Travel + Leisure , "Guests can enjoy exploring forests of aspen, ponderosa, and pinyon-juniper and meadows filled with colorful wildflowers, relaxing near alpine lakes, bagging some high mountain peaks, and pausing to take in breathtaking views from ridgetops and mountain summits.”

Rio Grande Gorge

Stretching nearly 50 miles, the magnificent, 800-foot-deep Rio Grande Gorge is considered the Grand Canyon of New Mexico. Soak in sweeping views of the rugged landscape from the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge , which, at 650 feet above the ground, is one of the country’s highest bridges. It’s also a popular spot for hiking.

Sontanna Sanchez, a concierge at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe, recommends visiting Meow Wolf for a unique and immersive art experience. The kaleidoscopic “House of Eternal Return” features “more than 70 rooms, taking participants on a macrocosmic adventure only found in Santa Fe,” says Sanchez. All in all, the playful exhibit is sure to delight art lovers of all ages.

San Miguel Chapel

Located along the Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe’s Barrio de Analco Historic District , this Spanish colonial mission church is considered the oldest in the United States. While initially constructed in 1610, it has since been rebuilt twice (most recently in 1710). In terms of design, prepare to be dazzled by the adobe architecture; the interiors are equally spectacular with centuries-old wooden beams and the 750-plus-pound San Jose bell, which has its own fascinating history.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

This national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in the Chihuahuan Desert in the southern part of the state. The enchanting attraction is home to nearly 120 caves. Travelers can easily spend the entire day exploring these captivating caverns, admiring the mystical stalagmites and stalactites, and spotting wildlife like bats and cougars. Don’t miss the Big Room, North America’s largest single cave chamber by volume. The 1.25-mile trail is a relatively easy 90-minute trek.

Old Town Albuquerque

With its narrow winding streets and adobe architecture, Old Town Albuquerque oozes small-town charm. While lots has changed since its 1706 establishment, this dynamic destination has remained the city's heart. Despite its tiny 10-block radius, Old Town is packed with more than 150 independent restaurants and boutiques. It also hosts more than 40 events annually, including a car show, live music performances, and the world-famous Balloon Fiesta Week .

Taos Downtown Historic District

Despite its small size, Taos packs in plenty of charm and character. What’s more, this storied mountain town is renowned for its many galleries , scenic hiking trails, and, in the winter, world-class skiing. At the center of town is the Downtown Historic District , where you’ll find the 1796-era Taos Plaza. Here, locals and visitors alike gather to listen to live music and attend farmers markets and other events, including dozens of art-forward programming. An abundance of shops and galleries can also be found within easy walking distance. When it's time to refuel, head to one of the nearby cafes and restaurants . 

Taos Pueblo

About three miles northwest of Taos Plaza lies the Taos Pueblo , which is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark. The Pueblo has been inhabited for more than a millennium, and many of the adobe structures appear the same as when the Spanish first arrived in New Mexico in the 1500s. Hlauuma (north house) and Hlaukwima (south house) are the location's most famous buildings, and they’re considered the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the country.

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