Axbridge through the ages

Axbridge in Somerset is named after the River Axe, which runs through the town. Referred to as Wessex, the town is steeped in history, and formed part of the Saxon defence system against the Vikings. But it actually dates back much further than that, with evidence of prehistoric man living in the network of local caves and Roman soldiers extracting lead from the land in later years.

Pubs galore in Axbridge

The Lion, a Grade II listed pub, has been transformed into the beautiful Art Deco Roxy Community Cinema. It was reopened in 2012 after a five-year renovation program funded with lottery money. But if you prefer a traditional pub with some tasty British fayre, The Lamb is an old coaching house dating back to 1480 and serving up classic lunches and evening meals.

An abundance of historical buildings

The history of Axbridge can be felt through its architectural gems. The church of St. John the Baptist was built in Axbridge in the 13th century and is a Grade I listed building. Its tower is over 100 feet tall and has six bells, one dating back to 1723. Handily, the Tudor building called King John's' Hunting Lodge in the main square is now a museum. Planning a trip to Axbridge? Travelodge Glastonbury Hotel is around half an hour's drive, or Travelodge Bristol Central Hotel is 18 miles northeast.