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Are you thinking about renting or buying a property in Midsomer Norton? Located South West of Bath, between the city and the rolling Mendip Hills, Midsomer Norton is one of England’s oldest market towns.
Located 10 miles South East from Wells, the UK’s smallest city and 10 miles South West from bustling spa city of Bath, Midsomer Norton is ideally situated for a taste of both country and city life, making it popular with families and young people alike.
Midsomer Norton offers frequent public transport links to both Bath and Bristol. What with Bath being on the doorstep, First Bus offer a bus every 12 minutes going into the centre of Bath. The 171, 172, 173 and 174 combine to serve Midsomer Nortons transportation needs to Bath, Wells, Radstock and Peasedown St John. The journey time into Bath takes approximately 40 minutes.
To get to Bristol, there is the direct option of the 178 bus service. This runs once an hour and journey takes approximately 1 hour 20 minutes. Alternatively, catch a bus from the centre of Bath such as the x39, 38 and 39 which run every 10 minutes and take approximately 50 minutes into Bristol.
Midsomer Norton’s long history means that there is a plethora of independently run local restaurants. The Café and Ice Cream parlour is a hidden gem, offering a huge range of ice creams, milkshake, coffees as well as small lunch items like jacket potatoes and paninis. For evening meals, try the Simply Thai for authentic Thai cuisine or Castello restaurant, who offer a huge range of Italian and Mediterranean dishes.
Hollies Garden is the park in the centre of the city. With the picturesque River Sonne running through it, there is no better place to meet friends on a lunch break, relax with a book in the sun or simply watch the world go by.
A section of the National cycle network runs through the neighbouring area of Radstock, continuing through Frome and onto the South Coast. Bath and its surrounding areas are renowned for their walks, we recommend the Miners and Black Mountain trials for picturesque views and villages. Walking guides are available to buy from Bath Tourist office, so if you have a passion for hiking pop in to pick one up.
The Midsomer Norton Sports Centre, run by Writhlington Leisure who also have a branch in the Writhlington area 3.2 miles from Midsomer Norton, offer a huge array of activities such as climbing, swimming and dance lessons, as well as a fully functioning gym and trampoline club.
Aside from the obvious sitting in the park, going for a walk, enjoy some of what gives Midsomer Norton so much of its rustic charm. The first Saturday of every month is the renowned farmers market. The history of the town dates back to the Iron Ages, and the traditional market town aesthetic has been upheld in the centuries that followed. On the first Saturday of every month, go along and enjoy the few market gems not found anywhere else. Home-grown beef and homemade bread, as well as a few more alternative stalls offering award winning cheese, honey and wax products from a local bee farm and one of the last remaining Cheddar strawberry growers. Rain or shine, this monthly event is not to be missed.
For the three other Saturdays of the month, take a wander around the quaint, independent family shops for a unique and fascinating shopping experience. For more necessary items, pop down to Bath Southgate for your standard high street shops as well as Bath’s plethora of independent businesses.
Head into Bath city centre for a standard rainy day cinema trip to the Odeon or to the Little Theatre Cinema who do a few daily shows of independent and/or locally made films. The Mission Theatre often has performances organised by local actors and troupes, as well as children's festivals and celebrations. The cosy venue gives a rare feeling of intimacy that the Bath theatre is so defined by. If Bath is too far than Midsomer Norton has its own mini cinema in the town hall, showing a range of Hollywood and independent films.
As already mentioned there is an array of retail shopping available in and around Midsomer Norton. As far as food shopping goes there is Tesco Superstore and Fuel point located on the A362 near to Old Mills industrial estate. Radstock also has a large Co-Operative.
The Radstock museum offers a peak into North Somerset’s rich and often forgotten coaling history.
The Somerset and Dorset Railway is a small heritage site set in the foot of the Mendip Hills. Home to the Pillbox, one of the UK’s smallest museums, the railway is still in use as a tourist attraction and a family friendly day out.
There is a range of public car parks to choose from. The Hollies is the most central at only a 6 minute walk from the high street. Other options under a 10 minute walk include Excelsior Terrace and South Road which are both free for up to 2 hours and have a total of 260 parking spaces.
Midsomer Norton is extremely popular with families due to the large amount of education possibilities around the area that go from nursey all the way to degree level.
Downside School is an independent secondary school in Radstock, the closest secondary school to Midsomer Norton. In Bath, Hayesfeild Girls' School and St Gregory’s Catholic School are extremely popular choices with locals.
Norton Radstock and Bath College is also close by, offering a wide range of skill based courses including bricklaying, hairdressing and beauty courses, as well as huge variety of apprenticeships and work placements.
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