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Martock is surrounded by many interesting places to visit for all ages, and therefore makes Martock an ideal base for a short or a longer stay.

The map on the Map page shows the location and addresses of each place.

Montacute House

Montacute House is a magnificent, glittering 16th century mansion with the longest gallery of its kind in England, displaying over 60 of the finest Tudor and Elizabethan portraits from the National Portrait Gallery collection.

The formal gardens include a collection of roses, mixed borders and famous wobbly hedges. Waymarked walks lead around the wider estate, which encompasses St Michael’s Hill.

Visit the National Trust website

Montacute Museum

This fascinating family attraction is filled with thousands of toys, books, games, full size characters and memorabilia of TV and radio.

Like the Tardis, the museum is lined from floor to ceiling with wonderful memories for young and not so young. Also on display are over 500 radios from vintage wirelesses to novelty transistors, radiograms and televisions.

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Forde Abbey

This elegant former Cistercian monastery and its 30 acres of award winning gardens has an amazing variety of historic buildings, art, formal gardens, and wide open spaces.

In 1649 Sir Edmund Prideaux transformed the Abbey into a magnificent commonwealth house. Of particular note are the splendid Mortlake tapestries and ceilings from the 1650s and the crucifixion painting dated c1320.

The world famous gardens include a walled working kitchen garden, ponds, cascades, ionic temple, rockery, bog garden, and the Centenary Fountain, the highest powered fountain in England.

Visit the Forde Abbey website

Muchelney Abbey & Priest’s House

Muchelney has many rewards for visitors, from the abbey foundations and exhibition of artefacts excavated at the abbey, to the 16th century abbots’ house with its lovely intact rooms, magnificent double-height tracery windows and a massive 15th-century stone fireplace.

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Somerset Cider Brandy

At Burrow Hill apples have been grown and cider has been pressed for at least 150 years.

View the traditional cider making equipment and sample and buy the cider and cider brandy in the shop.
Follow the orchard trail where 40 different apple varieties and other interesting features are explained. The walk takes about 30 minutes.

In 2010 Somerset Cider Brandy was granted European Union Protected Geographical Indication status after a long campaign by owner Julian Temperley.

Visit the Somerset Cider Brandy website

Fleet Air Arm Museum

The Fleet Air Arm Museum has the largest collection of Naval aircraft anywhere in Europe.

Situated alongside the operational Yeovilton Naval Air Station, it has four exhibition halls, over ninety aircraft and 30 thousand artefacts portraying the development of Naval aviation from World War I to the present day.

Visit the Fleet Air Arm Museum website

Lytes Cary Manor

Lytes Cary Manor is an intimate medieval manor house with a beautiful Arts and Crafts garden where you can imagine living.

Originally the family home of Henry Lyte, it was then lovingly restored in the 20th century by Sir Walter Jenner.

The gardens contain a magical collection of topiary and herbaceous borders, while tranquil walks on the estate take you along the River Cary.

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Muchelney Pottery

John Leach, eldest grandson of renowned potter Bernard Leach and son of David Leach, continues the family tradition at Muchelney Pottery on the edge of the ancient village of Muchelney.

The pottery shop has an adjacent gallery with a changing selection of prints, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, textiles & woodwork by leading West country artists.

Visit the John Leach Pottery website

East Lambrook Manor Gardens

This Grade 1 listed garden is renowned as the premier example of the English cottage garden style and is noted for its specialist collections of snowdrops, hellebores and hardy geraniums. It was created between 1938 and 1969 by plantswoman and gardening icon, the late Margery Fish.

Visitors can enjoy the gardens while also visiting the famous ‘Margery Fish Plant Nursery’, which remains a place of pilgrimage for keen plant collectors. The attractive 17th century Malthouse in the centre of the garden is home to a simple café serving excellent tea and cakes and a gallery with occasional exhibitions by local artists.

Visit the East Lambrook Manor Gardens website

Willows & Wetlands

Visitors can learn about the history and art of willow growing and basket-making.

The Centre is owned and run by the Coate family, who have been growing willow on the Somerset Levels since 1819.

The Somerset Levels and Moors have been home to willow growers, willow merchants, basketmakers and furniture makers for 100s of years. Here the traditional skills continue and are demonstrated to visitors.

Visit the Willows and Wetlands’ website

Haynes Motor Museum

Haynes is the UK’s largest International Motor Museum with over 400 vehicles displayed in stunning style, dating from 1886 to the present day.

For those interested in a nostalgic trip down memory lane, the museum offers a host of familiar names such as Austin, MG, and Morris. Whilst for those seeking something more exotic there is a vast array of performance cars.

Visit the Haynes Motor Museum website

Barrington Court

Barrington Court is noted for its gardens for which Gertrude Jekyll provided planting plans. It was laid out in 1917 in a series of walled rooms that include a white garden, a rose and iris garden and a lily garden.

The kitchen garden provides produce for their own restaurant, located in the adjacent Strode House and includes all types of fruit and vegetables.

The large 16th century Tudor mansion is now empty but still open to the public.

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Cadbury Castle

Cadbury Castle is an ancient hill fort rising above the east Somerset village of South Cadbury, often associated with the legend of King Arthur’s Camelot.

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Ham Hill Country Park

The lovely 400 acre Ham Hill Country Park, just South of Martock, has one of the largest Iron Age hill forts in Europe, with large wild flower meadows, steeply sloping Iron-Age rampart, a deserted medieval village and historically managed native woodlands.

The monument on the edge of the escarpment offers excellent views of Martock, the Somerset levels, Exmoor and the Mendip Hills.

The hamstone of the buildings of Martock is quarried in nearby Ham Hill.

Visit the Visit Somerset website

Tintinhull Gardens

Created last century around an attractive 17th-century manor house Tintinhull is one of the most harmonious small gardens in Britain. It features secluded lawns, small pools and colourful borders.

There is also an attractive kitchen garden, woodland walk and an orchard to explore.

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