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Axb High St Axbridge is a pretty town, the prettiest in Somerset? Lying at the foot of the Mendip Hills and looking out over the Somerset Levels, Axbridge is blessed with a delightful Town Square, the focus of its narrow medieval streets.

The Square is flanked by town houses, hosteleries, restaurants and a Georgian Town Hall, and is overlooked by St. John's Church. Though a small town now, Axbridge has been important in the past, once having its own mint, a series of Royal Charters dating back as far as King John, and as recently as 1974 it was the administrative centre of Axbridge Rural District. Since Saxon times Axbridge has had its own identity: not Uxbridge, not Axminster, but uniquely Axbridge!

Image Copyright Barry Cawston - Drugstore Gallery

Look at the fabulous panorama of the town here, courtesy of Jeremy Gall. Jeremy was Mayor of Axbridge, at the time of the 2010 Pageant.

Find out more about modern Axbridge and its history at
Artefacts from various phases of Axbridge's long history can be found in the town's  museum which is housed in the mis-named 'King John's Hunting Lodge', the impressive tudor merchant's house which dominates one corner of the square. The building is owned by the National Trust and is operated by Axbridge & District Museum Trust.
In 2010, Axbridge's population was about 2000, and is well served with places to eat, drink and be merry! Axbridge has a lively theatre group, an active singing group, talented artists, photographers and musicians and its own 36 seat cinema, To find about all that's going on in the town, see the Axbridge Calendar.

Axbridge is on the 'Strawberry Line' cycle path, so is easily accessible if you want to avoid conventional transport.

The nearby Cheddar Reservoir (in Axbridge!) has options for birdwatching, sailing & fishing.
As well as being an interesting and attractive town in itself, Axbridge is also close to many other places of interest. These include the Mendip Hills, with Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wookey Hole, the City of Wells with its famous cathedral, the wetlands of the Somerset Levels known for its bird life, and a little further away the cities of Bristol and Bath and the seaside resorts of Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea.

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