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
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 www.axbridge-tc.gov.uk
Artefacts from various phases of Axbridge's long history
can be found in the town's
museum which is housed in the mis-named
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
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