Bristol, Somerset and Dorset

Our region has beautiful countryside and coastline, with many interesting small towns and villages. Many local attractions, such as the gardens at Stourhead, and stately homes such as Longleat (with its safari park) and Kingston Lacey can be easily visited from hosts who are off the beaten track. Bristol, the largest town in the region, is a transport hub, with many Servas hosts. Bath is well known for its architecture and Roman Baths and Glastonbury for its annual music festival.

Note that hosts in Bath receive a lot of requests for accommodation during holiday periods.

Servas Britain Regional Co-ordinator: Lyn Collins  (host 92)
Assistant Co-ordinator (Bristol area): Gill Self (host 82)
Number of Servas host households in the region: 34
Peace activities in the region:

  • Bridport Peace and Justice Group
  • Quaker meetings in Shaftesbury
Main towns in the region:

  • Shaftesbury viewBristol   largest town and port 
  • Bath – historic town famous for Roman baths and 18th century architecture
  • Bournemouth – traditional seaside town
  • Taunton
  • Shaftesbury  
  • Weymouth 
Transport in the region:
Larger towns have good bus and rail links; smaller towns rely on bus services. Try to visit hosts outside the main cities and towns  this may be difficult without a car, but your visit will be well worth it! 
Transport hubs:

  • Bristol: rail links to the rest of the UK; road links to London and the south-west
  • Bath: good rail links to London and the south-west
  • Taunton: good rail links to London and the south-west
  • Bournemouth: good rail links to London and the south-east
Tourist information:
There are tourist offices in most towns – links to some of these are given opposite:
Clifton Suspension Bridge, BristolBristol