South Somerset Visitor Information Centre

A warm welcome awaits everyone at our multi award-winning South Somerset Visitor Information Centre & Gift Shop, conveniently located on the iconic A303 at Cartgate Picnic Site. 

A perfect stop if you're en-route to the South West or taking a break in our glorious region. South Somerset is a great base to explore the local area and all of its amazing things to see and do, as well as being under an hour away from the vibrant cities of Bristol and Bath.

Cartgate Lodge Cafe is just opposite us, and with plenty of room to stretch your legs, walk the dog and lots of free parking, it's no wonder a stop here has become part of the holiday itself.  The centre is only a short drive from Yeovil town centre and popular with both visitors and residents. 

With so much choice of what to do, where to go and where to stay, our friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you plan a perfect day or relaxing holiday. We offer a fantastic range of Somerset brochures and leaflets as well as UK wide destination guides, books and OS maps. 

We proudly support more than 20 local Somerset and South West makers, businesses and producers, so you might just find a special keepsake to make your holiday last that little longer. 


We also sell RADAR keys for access to disabled toilets nationwide. We are able to copy leaflets in larger print, have an A4 magnifying glass, an induction hearing loop is available and there is level access to the centre on both sides.





Want to know where to explore, secret gems, and local hints and tips?

Download and enjoy our free guides:

Things to Do 2023, Dog-friendly Days Out 2023 and Accessibility 2023

You will also find some great itineraries in our Inspire Me section and a wide selection of general free brochures, maps and cycling and walking trails to download too. 

South Somerset is a great base to explore the local area and wider Somerset, as well as great neighbouring attractions like Stonehenge, Longleat Safari Park and Stourhead too.  In the other direction, it's a beautifully scenic train or car journey to Dorset's Jurassic coastline. You are spoilt for choice! 

Discover more here

Address & Opening Hours:

South Somerset Visitor Information Centre & Gift Shop, Cartgate Picnic Site, A303/A3088, Stoke sub Hamdon TA14 6RA

T: 01935 829333 E: 

April, May 2023, Open Mon - Sat, 9am - 4pm (closed 1-1.30pm for lunch) Open 7 days a week during schools holiday periods. 

June - October 2023 inclusive - Open 7 days a week, 9am - 4pm (closed 1-1.30pm for lunch)

Our centre at Yeovil is a self serve information point only and is open Monday to Friday during Council's Customer Connect hours at Petters Way. The Connect opening hours are: 

9am - 4pm Monday to Friday*

*Closed bank holidays. 

If you would like to speak to a member of the tourist information team, please call our Cartgate centre as above. Thank you. 

Yeovil SELF SERVE Tourist Information Point, Petters House, Petters Way, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1AS

Multi award-winning tourism service

Our visitor services and information centre have been consistently awarded many times for its outstanding tourism provision by Bristol Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards and South West Excellence Tourism Awards. 

  South West Tourism Excellence awards


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Visitor Testimonial: 

" I stopped here last Sunday. It always heralds the start of our holiday. The staff are always helpful and friendly too. My children now stop there too if they are heading west. Keep up the great service, you are amazing!!'


Other Local Tourist and Information Centres in South Somerset

Many of our market towns have small local information centres, mainly staffed by volunteers. For more information about these centres, please refer to our free South Somerset map where their details are all listed for your convenience.  Many have limited opening hours and others are information points only. Download your free map and information below. 

South Somerset Map and Local Information Centres

South Somerset's Commitment to the Environment and Sustainability

In May 2019 South Somerset District Council formally recognised a climate and ecological emergency and in October of that year produced an environment strategy that sets ambitious targets to protect the environment and ecology. We've pledged to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2030. 

From 2021 all energy used at our Information Centre is from sustainable sources dramatically reducing our carbon footprint. 

We have a dedicated Environment website to communicate all the very latest news and updates about this important topic. 

Click here to learn more about what we are doing here in South Somerset to protect our environment.