Why go there?
About 25,000 people call Frome home and the town offers the perfect blend of culture, architecture and charm. It’s located only a stone’s throw away from Bath and Glastonbury. Frome is home to two theatres, and to Somerset’s first and only pub theatre group, who perform four times annually at the Cornerhouse Inn. It probably won’t surprise you to learn that the town has a thriving arts community, which culminates in the annual Frome Festival, which takes place every July. The festival has recently seen the likes of Reginald D Hunter, Paul Merton and Tony Benn grace the town with their presence. American Saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis is a long-term resident of the town, as is fashion designer Pearl Lowe.
The town boasts an impressive array of 17th and 18th century architecture. The town centre is home to some of Frome’s finest landmarks, perhaps most notably Cheap Street, which has a stream flowing down the middle of it, and Catherine Hill, which is a steep cobbled street lined with vintage and artisan shops. Frome has over 500 listed buildings in total; more than any other town in Somerset.
Frome’s geographic location means that you will have no shortage of countryside to explore. Just outside the town is Cley Hill, which was used as an Iron Age fort and offers spectacular 360-degree views. Just past Cley Hill is Longleat House, which offers 900 acres of grounds, the world’s first safari park outside of Africa and much more to explore. Nunney, which is a 30-minute walk outside of Frome, is home to the spectacular 14th–century Nunney Castle.
Where to eat and drink?
The newly refurbished Bath Arms offers an authentic Spanish and South-African infused menu, which includes the best paella in town and the legendary black rock steak. The Archangel, a former coaching inn, is only a short walk away, and offers a more traditional, gourmet menu. The Griffin pub on Milk Street is famous around this part of the country for brewing its own beer! Griffin beers have started turning up at festivals and pubs all over the West Country!
Where to stay?
The Archangel has a wide selection of luxury rooms to choose from. The George Inn has a slightly more affordable range of rooms whilst the Premier Inn, located just outside of Frome, offers more basic accommodation.
Tell us a secret…
Formula One driver Jenson Button was born and schooled in Frome. A pub called the Frome Flyer was opened in his honour in 2007.