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Yeovil Town in Somerset

Photograph of Yeovil


Yeovil is a town in south Somerset, near the Dorset border. The town and parish has a population of about 60,000 and is 40 miles south of Bristol and 30 miles from Taunton. Yeovil has palaeolithic (Stone Age) remains, and grew up alongside an old Roman road.

Yeovil was recorded as Gifle in about 880. The name is thought to derive from the ancient briton river-name of 'Gifl' meaning 'Forked River', although that river is now known as the Yeo. Yeovil appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Givele, and is reported as a thriving market community. The town later became a centre for the glove making industry. During the Middle Ages the population of the town suffered from the Black Death and several serious fires.

The town is well served today by the A37 and A30 trunk roads and has a railway station linking to London Waterloo and the far southwest via Exeter. Yeovil is well placed to explore South Somerset and the whole of Dorset. Sherborne is just six miles away to the east, whilst Dorchester can be reached within half an hour.

Tourist Information

The nearest source of local information is available from Yeovil Tourist Information Centre.

Events near Yeovil

Sat, 21 Sep (ca. 18 km)

Bruton Dub Club

Sat, 21 - Sun, 22 Sep (ca. 24 km)

The Wedding Showcase

Sat, 1 Aug (ca. 24 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Sun, 1 Aug (ca. 24 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Mon, 1 Aug (ca. 24 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Tue, 1 Aug (ca. 24 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Thu, 1 Aug (ca. 24 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Fri, 1 Aug (ca. 24 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

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Dining out near Yeovil


Ask, Yeovil, Yeovil


The Camelot, Yeovil


Lord Poulett Arms, Crewkerne


Halfway House, Langport


Cardamom, Langport


The Natterjack Inn, Shepton Mallet

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Yeovil, Castle Cary, Langport and Somerton.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:



arrowShepton Mallet




Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Ilchester, Yeovil, Martock and Langport.

Nearby Attractions




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