©

Radstock trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Radstock

Trip Planner Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Somerset  /  Radstock
(90+ reviews from 2 attractions)
Museums Nightlife
Radstock is a town in Somerset, England, 9mi south west of Bath, and 8mi north west of Frome. It is within the unitary authority of Bath and North East Somerset and had a population of 5,620 according to the 2011 Census. Since 2011 Radstock has been a town council in its own right.Radstock has been settled since the Iron Age, and its importance grew after the construction of the Fosse Way, a Roman road. The growth of the town occurred after 1763, when coal was discovered in the area. Large numbers of mines opened during the 19th century including several owned by the Waldegrave family, who had been Lords of the Manor since the English Civil War. Admiral Lord Radstock, brother of George, fourth Earl Waldegrave, took the town's name as his title when created a Baron.The spoil heap of Writhlington colliery is now the Writhlington Site of Special Scientific Interest, which includes 3,000 tons of Upper Carboniferous spoil from which more than 1,400 insect fossil specimens have been recovered. The complex geology and narrow seams made coal extraction difficult. Tonnage increased throughout the 19th century, reaching a peak around 1901, when there were 79 separate collieries and annual production was 1,250,000 tons per annum. However, due to local geological difficulties and manpower shortages output declined and the number of pits reduced from 30 at the beginning of the 20th century to 14 by the mid-thirties; the last two pits, Kilmersdon and Writhlington, closed in September 1973. The Great Western Railway and the Somerset and Dorset Railway both established stations and marshalling yards in the town. The last passenger train services to Radstock closed in 1966. Manufacturing industries such as printing, binding and packaging provide some local employment. In recent years, Radstock has increasingly become a commuter town for the nearby cities of Bath and Bristol.
Use our online itinerary creator: Radstock and all its delights await.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Radstock

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Radstock

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Extend your holiday

Visit top cities near Radstock:
Museums, sightseeing, spas
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Sightseeing, museums, nightlife
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Nature, sightseeing, parks
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Parks, spas, outdoors
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Nature, shopping, theme parks
Visit for: 1 dayStart a plan »

Recently planned trips to Somerset

15 days in England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in England BY A USER FROM MEXICO May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in England BY A USER FROM MEXICO May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 59 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: September, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in England BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in England BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in England & Scotland BY A USER FROM QATAR June, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM BRAZIL July, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 36 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, culture, outdoors, museums, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans