9 Interesting Churches to Visit in Somerset

Although Somerset is famous for some incredible churches and christian ruins you may not know about these 9 churches that are also worth a visit while in Somerset.

The City of Wells, Somerset is very famous for the stunning Wells Cathedral and of course the Bishops Palace and gardens but do try and explore some of the smaller churches around Glastonbury as well.

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While still in Wells you will find 16th Century St Cuthbert’s, the largest parish church in Somerset and one that  is often mistaken for the cathedral. 

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The other church you should try to visit in Wells is St Thomas which was designed by the famous architect S S Teulon, a noted Gothic Revival architect. 

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Just a short drive from Wells in Croscombe you will find St Mary the Virgin which contains some of the finest Jacobean furnishings in England. 

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Carry on from Croscombe to Shepton Mallet to find St Peter & St Paul which has a  tower with a pyramid cap that was rebuilt in around 1380. 

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A short drive takes you to Hornblotton and St Peter Church which is a newer church built in the 1870s.  This Victorian church has not been restored so it contains most of its original features. 

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Then back here in Glastonbury there are a few more to visit, St. John the Baptist dates from the 15th century and has the second tallest church tower in Somerset. St Benedict’s Church has the most stunning stained glass windows that date back to 1840.

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These churches are normally open during daylight hours to visit but for full details of these plus the many others churches in the area visit the very helpful website www.visitchurches.org.uk