Haynes International Motor Museum
“A well rounded and high quality experience to all visitors; not just enthusiasts.” - VisitEngland Assessor
Haynes International Motor Museum is a great day out for everyone – with more than 400 cars and bikes displayed, dating from 1886 to the present day, this is the largest international motor museum in Britain. If you want a trip down memory lane the museum offers a host of familiar names such as Austin, MG and Morris, while for those seeking something more exotic there is a vast array of performance cars, including modern classics such as the Dodge Viper, Jaguar XJ220 and the Ferrari 360, plus the classic Jaguar E Type and AC Cobra. Also on show is a large collection of American cars, including the jewels in the Haynes crown, the V16 Cadillac, and the multi-million dollar Duesenberg. There's a Kids' Race Track, themed play area, soft play, Super Diggers and plenty of other activities.
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Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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