Somerset is a county in the South West of England with borders on Dorset to the South and Gloucestershire to the East and has a population of over 895,000. The county is mainly rural with rolling hills and National Park occupying a large proportion of the land mass, the only significant settlement is county town Taunton.
Agriculture and premium food manufacturing are the main employers and exports from Somerset with their cheese, cider and wool production all being world renowned.
Taunton is the county town of Somerset and has 58,000 inhabitants, the name Taunton comes from ‘town on the Tone’ referring to the nearby River Tone. Taunton has been an important trading centre since Saxon times and still retains importance in the South due to its location.
Glastonbury is a relatively small settlement but is world famous for two reasons the pop festivals which are staged periodically every summer and attract tens of thousands of music lovers since the 1960s, and as being the home of King Arthur. Glastonbury Tor is thought to be the actual Camelot in the Arthur legend and also the birthplace of Christianity in the UK. Legend has it that Joseph brought Jesus to Glastonbury and was thought to house the Holy Grail.