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Somerset, England

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Somerset is a county in the south-west of England.

The name is pronounced as though spelt Summerset but some local people pronounce it Zummerzet.

Somerset borders with Gloucestershire to the north east, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south east and Devon to the southwest. Much of its northern edge is the shoreline of the Bristol Channel[?]. Somerton[?] was the original county town, but in recent years that role has been transferred to Taunton[?].

Other important towns include Bridgwater, Glastonbury, Wells and Yeovil[?]. The latter town is important in the manufacture of helicopters. Glastonbury is famous for its open-air rock festivals[?] and many mythical associations. Much of the county is very scenic and relatively unspoilt. The Cheddar Gorge is famous for caves open to visitors. apple orchards were plentiful and to this day Somerset is linked to the production of strong cider, arguably more so than any other part of the world. Somerset contains England's oldest prison that is still in use, in the small town of Shepton Mallet.

Tourist attractions include its coastal towns, part of the Exmoor National Park[?], the West Somerset Railway (a heritage railway), and the museum of the Fleet Air Arm at RNAS[?] Yeovilton.

Towns and villages

Districts of Somerset

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