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{"LocationDetails":{"Id":91,"Name":"Somerset","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to Somerset Holiday Cottages\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eHolidays in Somerset are all about slowing down, chilling out and making the most of one of the UK\u0026rsquo;s most varied counties. There\u0026rsquo;s mile after mile of unspoilt countryside for the walkers, the kind of mysterious sites that have drawn the spiritual to the count for centuries, and a family attraction to suit every kind of day. And if it\u0026rsquo;s history you\u0026rsquo;re after, brace yourself, you\u0026rsquo;re going to see some of the most significant landmarks in the world during your stay in this picturesque corner of the West Country.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSomerset attractions\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eLet\u0026rsquo;s start with those family days out. One of the lovely things about the Somerset attractions is that none of them are quite like any other, and that means you\u0026rsquo;ll remember them for years to come.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eTake Cheddar Gorge for example, this ever-so-dramatic natural gorge forms one of the most striking views you\u0026rsquo;ll every admire, and whether you climb to the top and take the views from above in with a (usually windswept) walk, or you drive right through the gorge itself and look up at the climbers braving the rocks on either side, you\u0026rsquo;ll leave in awe. The site sits in a designated Are of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and if you get time to venture inside the Cheddar Gorge Caves you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to discover their prehistoric secrets.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAnd then there\u0026rsquo;s the famous Wookey Hole Caves. This mystical series of underground caves is said to have inspired the caves that Harry and Dumbledore entered in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and when you catch sight of the twinkling water and the little wooden rowing boat in the middle of the underground lake you\u0026rsquo;ll see why. Part of the fun of a visit is spotting the sights throughout the caves that have inspired myths and legends, such as the stone figure of the witch in the Witch\u0026rsquo;s Kitchen cave, who it\u0026rsquo;s rumoured was turned to stone by a monk for casting spells on the people in the village.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePlaces to go in Somerset\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNo doubt you\u0026rsquo;ll have heard of Glastonbury, but a Somerset holiday\u0026rsquo;s the perfect chance to have a closer look at the village and the history behind the name we all hear so often. Glastonbury Abbey\u0026rsquo;s one of the oldest abbeys in the country, and not only is it home to the legendary birthplace of King Arthur (if you believe the folklore), but the 36 acres of parkland that surround it mean there\u0026rsquo;s plenty of opportunity for a picnic on a sunny day.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you get the chance to visit the medieval city of Wells during your stay in Somerset, then we say do. So quaint it has American visitors melting at the sight of it, Wells sits right on the edge of the Mendip Hills (more about those later),and it\u0026rsquo;s an architect\u0026rsquo;s dream. Once described as \u0026ldquo;the most poetic of England\u0026rsquo;s cathedrals\u0026rdquo;, Wells Cathedral remains one of the area\u0026rsquo;s most popular attractions, and it\u0026rsquo;s fascinating, beautiful and a peaceful place to spend time.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003eThings to do in Somerset\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eOne of the most popular things to do in Somerset has got to be walking. With a landscape that could have been made for walkers, Somerset\u0026rsquo;s the perfect place for a yomp. To start with, there\u0026rsquo;s the likes of the Quantock Hills, an area so mind-bogglingly beautiful that Samuel Taylor Coleridge used to walk it for inspiration. If you\u0026rsquo;re keen to walk in the footsteps of the literary great himself, you can walk The Coleridge Way. Stretching the 51 spectacular miles from Lynmouth to Nether Stowey, this trail takes visitors through the heart of the landscape Coleridge loved, and it\u0026rsquo;s a great way to take in the famous Somerset scenery on foot.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAnd then there\u0026rsquo;s Exmoor National Park, perfect for those of you who like a bit of everything, it\u0026rsquo;s home to moors, woodland, river walks and everything in between. Luckily, those friendly Somerset folk have planned things out for every kind of walker, so whether you\u0026rsquo;re after something short and easy or you\u0026rsquo;re in for the long haul, you\u0026rsquo;ll find a walk to suit. The South West Coast Path passes through the national park too, and it starts in Minehead if you want to pick it up and see how far you can get.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWe love this one, the West Somerset Railway\u0026rsquo;s the longest heritage railway in the country, and it\u0026rsquo;s great fun. With a whole choice of stations, including Minehead and Dunster, the railway makes it easy to hop aboard and enjoy the view of the Somerset countryside in style. There\u0026rsquo;s an event for every occasion too, such as Mother\u0026rsquo;s Day specials, festive journeys for Christmas and\u0026nbsp; the annual Spring Steam Gala.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRestaurants in Somerset\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNow, we know the county has a fantastic reputation for its cider and cheese (and with good reason of course) but holidays in Somerset have all kinds of foodie treats to tempt the hungry. \u0026nbsp;For fine dining, the well-do town of Taunton flies the flag, and you\u0026rsquo;ll find some of the region\u0026rsquo;s most popular restaurants there. Take your pick from Ciao Amore, Silvers Pantry or The Willow Tree, and as each one has rave reviews no matter which one you opt for you\u0026rsquo;re in for a culinary experience to remember.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDon\u0026rsquo;t worry, we haven\u0026rsquo;t forgotten those of you who like things traditional during your UK break, and if you find yourself in good old Western Super Mare during your stay then there\u0026rsquo;s one place you\u0026rsquo;ve got to try \u0026ndash; Papa\u0026rsquo;s Fish and Chips. We have it on very good authority that these guys serve up the crispiest fish and chips for miles\u0026hellip;and who can argue with such a claim?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"somerset","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/101/2013/06/tor2.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Aerosaurus Balloons","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;ve always fancied trying a balloon ride, but you\u0026rsquo;d like to make it extra special and do it your way, Aerosaurus offer award-winning flights above the beautiful South West. Aerosaurus Balloons fly above Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, and they offer dawn and dusk flights, champagne toasts and private flights \u0026ndash; so you can experience a professional flight just the way you\u0026rsquo;ve always planned. You\u0026rsquo;ll have a professional photo taken to capture the moment as you take off, so many choose flights as romantic outings, special gifts or as a unique proposal setting.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026rsquo;s no secret that Devon is one of the UK\u0026rsquo;s most scenic areas, and a flight from the Aerosaurus Balloons South Devon launch means you can take time out to enjoy the views from above, and as balloon passengers don\u0026rsquo;t feel any movement in the basket regardless of wind all you need to concentrate on is enjoying the experience and seeing what you can see.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eCornwall balloon rides fly above Bodmin, Mid and East Devon rides take in Exeter and its surroundings, and South Devon flights glide above the South Hams, Plymouth and the surrounding areas. Gift vouchers are also available, so why not surprise your party with a treat during your stay in the South West? There are many top 5 things to do lists when it comes to this pretty corner of the country, and balloon rides top them again and again.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7508,"LocationLongitude":-3.38818,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/pink-balloon.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"sherborne/devon/aerosaurus-balloons","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/pink-balloon.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Devon and Somerset Balloons","Body":"\u003cp\u003eHow many of you have always thought about taking a balloon flight? And how many of you have never quite gotten around to it? Well your next Devon holiday could be the perfect opportunity to take to the air, as a calm flight in a colourful balloon is easy to arrange and great fun.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDevon and Somerset Balloons is one of the South West\u0026rsquo;s most established ballooning operators, and it has 25 years of experience at safely showing visitors the views from the air. There\u0026rsquo;s nothing quite like a balloon flight experience above some of the county\u0026rsquo;s most beautiful landscape, and first time fliers will be given a certificate to make sure they never forget the moment.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eAs if sweeping your partner up into the skies during your holiday isn\u0026rsquo;t grand gesture enough, you can add extra perks such as a surprise champagne toast balloon flight during your stay...\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eOk so none of us look our best when we\u0026rsquo;re soaring high above the ground, but once you\u0026rsquo;re up there you\u0026rsquo;ll never want to forget the moment \u0026ndash; and each balloon includes a special in-flight photograph system to ensure that fliers have a souvenir from their flight. Most flights take place between April and October, but depending on the weather they can be taken throughout the year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.9099,"LocationLongitude":-3.44313,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/hot-air-balloons.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/devon/devon-and-somerset-balloons","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/hot-air-balloons.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Longleat Safari Park","Body":"\u003cp\u003eLongleat isn\u0026rsquo;t so much a day out as an adventure you\u0026rsquo;ll never forget, as you\u0026rsquo;ll see some of the world\u0026rsquo;s most captivating animals right from your own car. The safari park is home to giraffes, lions, tigers, monkeys and elephants. The monkeys are such a feature of the park that they deserve a special mention, as the day\u0026rsquo;s not complete until you\u0026rsquo;ve sat in your car while they scramble on the roof, inspect the windscreen wipers and cause as much mayhem as possible before you drive on.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you want to experience the animals at even closer range you can feed the friendly giraffes, and it\u0026rsquo;s a great opportunity to get some photos of the children enjoying themselves. Penguin Island and Stingray Bay are amongst the attraction\u0026rsquo;s newest features, and the newly opened Deadly Challenge tests the kids\u0026rsquo; bravery to the maximum.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eLongleat House sits at the centre of the park, and if you can drag yourselves away from the animal adventures you\u0026rsquo;ll discover a stately home with a fascinating history and the personal touch. Completed in 1580, the house is one of Britain\u0026rsquo;s most spectacular stately homes, and it\u0026rsquo;s renowned for the beautiful paintings you\u0026rsquo;ll see on its ceilings. There are also thousands of antiques to marvel at, and \u0026ndash; on a slightly gory note- the bloodstained waistcoat that King Charles I was wearing when he was executed in 1649.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":51.1878,"LocationLongitude":-2.27666,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/tiger.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/bridgwater/longleat-safari-park","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/tiger.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Weston-super-Mare Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eBeach holidays in Weston-super-Mare never fail to impress, and with one of the UK\u0026rsquo;s longest sandy beaches it\u0026rsquo;s no surprise! The golden sands roll on for miles, and they attract visitors in their hoards month after month. Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier reopened in 2011 following a redevelopment, and it\u0026rsquo;s full of amusements and entertainment for all ages. This indoor theme park means that a Weston-super-Mare beach holiday is great fun no matter what the weather does.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDue to its size, Weston-super-Mare Beach is often host to events, including T4 Live on the Beach every summer, the Sand Sculpture Festival and many more. There are donkeys on the beach throughout the summer, and children have enjoyed plodding along on the friendly award-winners for generations. Here\u0026rsquo;s an interesting fact to impress your fellow beach-goers with, Weston-super-Mare has one of the world\u0026rsquo;s largest tidal ranges, reaching up to 15m! Please don\u0026rsquo;t try to cross the mud at low tide as it\u0026rsquo;s very easy to get stuck.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.3468,"LocationLongitude":-2.98275,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/101/2013/11/weston_super_mare_iStock_000017171139Large.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/weston-super-mare/weston-super-mare-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/101/2013/11/weston_super_mare_iStock_000017171139Large.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Burnham-on-Sea Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eBurnham-on-Sea is well worth visiting during a beach holiday in Weston-super-Mare, and it\u0026rsquo;s only a twenty minute drive. Burnham Main Beach is mainly sandy and it\u0026rsquo;s safe for families due to a lifeguard service during peak seasons.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDon\u0026rsquo;t worry about dragging your little ones from their donkey rides by having a day out from Weston-super-Mare Beach \u0026ndash; they do them here too! This is a lovely beach for swimming and paddling, but it\u0026rsquo;s risky to head out to the sea during low tide. There\u0026rsquo;s a dog ban at this beach throughout the whole year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.2406,"LocationLongitude":-2.99988,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/05/donkeys.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/weston-super-mare/burnham-on-sea-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/JosephG/2013/05/donkeys.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Brean Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIf you do decide to venture a little further afield for the day during a Weston-super-Mare beach holiday, Brean Beach is another sandy gem to bear in mind. This beach forms part of one of Europe\u0026rsquo;s lengthiest stretches of sand, and it\u0026rsquo;s perfect for a family day beside the sea.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby for refreshments, as well as a car park area. Low tide reveals a huge expanse of sandy beach, perfect for games, walks or just sprawling in the sun! This is a dog friendly beach too, so it\u0026rsquo;s a popular one with those on holiday with their pet.\u003c/p\u003e","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.2914,"LocationLongitude":-3.0144,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/01/dog on beach.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/weston-super-mare/brean-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/01/dog on beach.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"SeaQuarium","Body":"\u003cp\u003eEverybody loves an aquarium, and the SeaQuarium is one of the most fascinating Weston-super-Mare family attractions. Located right on the town\u0026rsquo;s spectacular beach, the SeaQuarium includes a stunning underwater tunnel, as well as sharks, rays and many more undersea creatures.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis exciting day out gives a very real insight into life under the sea, and there are live feeding demonstrations throughout the day. The 25 displays don\u0026rsquo;t just offer a peep under the seven seas though, they also include estuary and rainforest river sections. The best part is, you can walk around as many times as you like.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":51.3425,"LocationLongitude":-2.98159,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/104/2013/08/lionfish.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_poi_logo/users/104/2013/08/seaquarium logo.png/poi_logo.jpg","Alias":"somerset/weston-super-mare/seaquarium","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/104/2013/08/lionfish.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Wookey Hole Caves","Body":"\u003cp\u003eSomerset may seem a quiet and tranquil county but don\u0026#39;t be fooled...deep underground you\u0026#39;ll find a series of showcaves, a mysterious river and a history laced with pagan and Christian legends. These legendary show caves are home to a mysterious underground river, rumours of a witch and a fascinating history.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eOK, so Wookey Hole Caves aren\u0026rsquo;t quite a Weston-super-Mare family attraction, but they\u0026rsquo;re just a 40 minute drive away and well worth the journey. The caves have a human history that goes back more than 50,000 years, and if you believe the legends you\u0026#39;ll see the Witch\u0026#39;s kitchen, which was once home to a witch in the Dark Ages.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhen anything went awry in the nearby village the witch was held accountable and the locals eventually sent a daring monk inside to help them. It\u0026#39;s said that the pair began a battle of wills, before the monk blessed the water and threw it over the witch - immediately turning her to stone. Don\u0026#39;t believe us? Look out for her stoney form in the caves when you visit.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eVisitors can roam the caves once home to early man, and discover how they\u0026rsquo;ve shaped Somerset\u0026rsquo;s history, beliefs and present. Book your tickets online and save 15%!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":51.2261,"LocationLongitude":-2.67265,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/101/2013/06/wookey-hole.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"glastonbury/bridgwater/wookey-hole-caves","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/101/2013/06/wookey-hole.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Coleridge Cottage","Body":"\u003cp\u003eStep into the world of the great Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge with a visit to his former home. This fascinating attraction in Bridgwater was the home of Coleridge for three years from 1797 and it was here that he wrote some of his most famous works.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe property is owned by the National Trust and its rooms are set up just as they would have been in the days when one of the world\u0026rsquo;s finest writers called it home. Coleridge penned some of his most famous poetry in the cottage, including The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan and Frost at Midnight, and if you walk some of the surrounding countryside you\u0026rsquo;ll begin to understand just why he was so inspired during this period. \u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe cottage includes mementos of the poet\u0026rsquo;s life and work, and visitors can even sit and write poetry at his own desk...with a feather quill!\u0026nbsp; The Coleridge Way is found nearby, and passes through the stunning Quantock Hills, an area that Coleridge walked every day. There\u0026rsquo;s a tea room in the cottage courtyard, a gift shop and some children\u0026rsquo;s trails to bring the cottage to life for younger visitors too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":51.1522,"LocationLongitude":-3.15793,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/quills.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"somerset/bridgwater/coleridge-cottage","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/quills.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Somerset Brick and Tile Museum","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIndustry has always been a huge part of Somerset life, and the Somerset Brick and Tile Museum near Bridgwater pays tribute to the area\u0026rsquo;s role in the brick-making industry. 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The 18 hole course was carefully designed to appeal to all ages so it\u0026rsquo;s a great way to spend an hour or two as a family, and features along the way include backgrounds carved from worn stone straight from the nearby gorge \u0026ndash; just in case you forget where you\u0026rsquo;re playing.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eLook out for the water flowing from the gorge stone grotto, it makes this a pretty course to spend time on as well as an entertaining one, and it dates back to the 19\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century.\u0026nbsp; You\u0026rsquo;ll find parking outside the course for a charge, and views across Cheddar Gorge in the distance make this course that little bit more special. 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","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company produces the only real Cheddar to be made...well in Cheddar, so if you visit the village then it\u0026rsquo;s only right that you at least pop in while you\u0026rsquo;re there. The whole cheese making process takes around 8 hours, and you can watch every stage in action during your visit and see just how much skill and hard work goes into making the Cheddar we all know and love.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe cheese is made every day of every week throughout the year, and visitors can spend as long as they like on the viewing gallery to watch the cheese makers hard at work. The taster bar offers free samples for those unsure which to go for and the gift shop is packed with all kinds of cheese, biscuits and pickles. 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