a complete load of shit
Yeovil is a town located in the South West of England. The town is inland from the coast and lies in the far South of the county of Somerset. Yeovil has a population of around twenty nine thousand people but as Somerset is such a popular spot for tourists to visit the town can often get busy in the summer months. The town is set in some stunning scenery and Somerset is often said to be one of England's most beautiful counties, for these reasons people have been coming to visit this area for many years.
If you are planning a visit to Yeovil and looking for accommodation then there are a few good options. There are plenty of hotels to choose from but some of the more well established ones include The Farmyard Hotel, The Preston Hotel and The Manor Hotel. These all have good reputations for excellent rooms and a good standard of service. There are also plenty of privately owned holiday homes in this area which are ideal if you are looking for self catering accommodation. There are also a few nice camp sites in the area, Long Hazel Park has good camping facilities and The Halfway Caravan and Camping Park is also good and has quite a few caravans you can also make use of, these are perfect if you are looking for a cheaper alternative.
There are lots of interesting things to see and do both in Yeovil itself and in the surrounding area. Fleet Air Arm Museum is just a few miles away and this is an interesting place to visit where you can see on of the largest collections of Naval Aircraft in Europe. They have Concorde, Harriers and lots of other aircrafts on display, this place is ideal for people who enjoy aviation. Sherborne Abbey is again only a few miles away and this is a really impressive building that is worth a look round. In the town itself there is the Museum of South Somerset, this gives you an interesting history of the area and how the town came into existence. It is also in the same place as the tourism information centre so you can get some tips on other places to visit while you are here.
Yeovil is a nice little town to browse round. There are plenty of shops ranging from practical things like supermarkets to places aimed at visitors such as galleries and book shops. There are also lots of nice pubs and cafes, many of which serve excellent home made food and they all have a very warm welcoming atmosphere.
If you have never been to the town of Yeovil then you are missing out. There are some great things to see and do in this area and Yeovil can be a great place to use as a base for exploring the South West of England. Next time you are heading for Somerset or Dorset make sure you stop off and see what the town of Yeovil has to offer.
As a resident of Yeovil for eight years (due to family connections) I have been able to see why people never seem to move here, only leave for somewhere nicer. I have spent the best part of my teenage years here, when you're bored, a teenager and more cultured than most of it's inhabitants, you have to seek out interesting things to do.
Thankfully in 2006 The Orange Box opened, bringing exciting new bands to the town. There are a wide selection of high street stores in the town, particularly clothing stores such as Topshop/New Look/River Island etc. Recently a Starbucks Coffee opened in the town centre, finally providing a nice place to grab coffee with friends.
However, Yeovil is a very unfortunate place to find yourself if you're there for too long. It is a beacon of Chav culture, and as of late appears to have a problem with homelessness and drug abuse. It is quite frequently that one gets stopped in the street by either a legless drunk or smack addict asking for "a quid to get the bus to Taunton" (despite their situation, they've got the right idea, Taunton is a lot nicer).
I find the general attitude of many older generation Yeovilians to be dreadful aswell, they're rude, narrow minded and often racist or homophobic. This is also a problem that goes right back to the Chav culture of Yeovil.
The town as a whole is very desolate, it lacks life, culture, history. We have hardly any remaining historical buildings or points of interest, and those we do are not kept up to standards. It is a very grey place, the shadows of industry which once prospered in this town, have left a very pitiful atmosphere over the town.
I feel sorry for Yeovil, and the people stuck in it, get out while you can I say. The town planners have promised exciting new developments, new shops, regeneration of the town as a whole. They've been saying this since about 2004 and all that i've seen happen are the building of some public toilets and three clothing stores move into BHS, along with a shedload of poorly built executive housing estates, hardly any of which have been moved into.
I am leaving this town in one month for University, the bright lights of London to be precise, and had hoped I could write this review and show Yeovil in a positive light, but I can really see now, after thinking about it, this place is dreadful. But what else can you expect from a town whose Newspaper looks like some kind of joke newspaper, filled with tales of "woman flashes ankle at chimney sweep shock" and "yeovil pervert flasher identified as wearing marigold gloves...watch out!"
Tourists, it's not for the faint hearted, don't even think about coming here. You'll regret the fact you had to pay an extortionate rate to park your car, then come back to it to find your stereo has been nicked.
I recently visited Yeovil for a few days, so this is a review of the town from a tourist's point of view, rather than as a local resident. Yeovil is situated in the south of Somerset, and has a population of just under 30,000.
The town didn't contain as much visible history as other similar sized towns that I've visited, and for a while the only really historic building that I saw was the church, St John the Baptist. The town does though have a long history, and there are some places which are well worth seeing.
When I walked past the St John the Baptist Church, it was open, and there were quite a few people looking around. The building hasn't changed a great deal externally since it was started in the late 1400s and completed in the early 1500s. There was a guide in the Church was explained though that much changed internally during the Reformation, when some items were destroyed as being too Catholic.
Entry into the Church was free, although you can of course leave donations, and there were literally tens of people milling about outside on the churchyard, so it looked like a good lunch-stop. There are a few graves in the churchyard, but the guide book explained that there were many more, but a churchyard was built further out in the 1860s, and not before time, as water from the graveyard where bodies were ran into the public wells on Silver Street.
I was disappointed to see just how much of Yeovil's history has been demolished, and rather appallingly, a lot of it was relatively recently. Possibly the worst example I read about was the George Hotel on Middle Street, which was built in the 1400s. This was demolished to make the road wider in 1962, just a few years before the road was pedestrianised which made the road changes unnecessary.
There were other examples, such as the former hospital which was demolished in 1969, and the Fiveways Toll House which was once moved 100 yards to protect it from road widening, but then demolished in 1969 when further road changes were being made.
Another demolition was the main Yeovil Town Train Station, which closed in 1967 and the site turned into a car park for many years. It is currently now Yeo Leisure Park, which was developed in 2002, but the only remains of the original station is the foundation stone which has been kept within the complex.
There is though fortunately still a train link to the town, indeed, there are two stations, although they are a couple of miles from the town centre, which isn't ideal. It certainly seems that the removal of the main train station was a mistake, at least from an outsider's point of view. There is though a central bus station, which is situated at the end of Middle Street.
I visited Yeovil Library, which I found to be a lovely building, with really helpful staff. It seemed to be struggling somewhat with technology when I was there, with no working computers and some slightly irate customers, but there was a good selection of local books to find out about the town's history, and it was a nice quiet environment in which to read.
I'm not really a football fan, but I did see the outside of Huish Park, where Yeovil Town football club moved to in 1990. Their old football stadium was demolished to make way for a Tesco, but the new stadium seemed well located. I'm also sure some big clubs will find Yeovil difficult to deal with in the FA Cup in the future, just as they have in the past.
There are a good number of shops in the town, and a shopping centre, which also had a range of local shops and not just the national chains. There is a large Tesco on the outskirts, as there is with nearly every major town now, and some smaller convenience stores in the centre of town.
I only got to visit a couple of pubs in the town centre, there are some with some considerable history. There is also the Mermaid Hotel, the site of where some townsfolk gathered in 1831 to protect themselves from the Yeovil riots. For cheaper fare, there is also a Wetherspoons, next to the bus station.
All in all, I found Yeovil a friendly place to go, with lots of attractions and places to visit nearby, such as Salisbury and Stonehenge, and the beautiful Wiltshire and Somerset countryside. It's also within quite close range to the beautiful town of Bath.
As a negative, I'd suggest that it really is a shame that so much of Yeovil's history has gone. They have suffered from a number of fires in the town's history which has destroyed many records, the town hall, and countless other buildings. But some of the more recent losses of buildings seemed more avoidable, and hopefully generations in the future will be less willing to destroy the town's heritage further.
I'd definitely recommend a visit though.
Yeovil is ok but that's about it really. I am slightly biased because it took me 6 attempts tp pass my driving place in the confusion that is Yeovil's roundabouts, traffic lights and dual carriageways - but I think this was also due to the fact I kept getting the same examiners instead of the nice jolly round chap who always passed everybody... Yeovil's shops are ok as well but they are the same old run of the mill high streety shops - nothing special, nothing unique. Growing up in Somerset, you went to Yeovil because it offered the best cinema in the area, occasionally to shop until you discovered Bristol or Bath, or maybe a visit to see a friend, but that was about it. I shouldn't be so unimpressed by the place whose hospital I was born in (and don't get me started on the state of repair of that place), but there is not much to write home about - oh other than the fact it has a dry ski slope.
I'm from Essex and moved to North Dorset almost two years ago to live with my partner. At the time I hadn't heard of Yeovil believe it or not and for the first few months of living here didn't consider paying a visit when my OH suggested it.
My first trip to Yeovil was born from necessity rather than desire; I was learning to drive and unfortunately had to retake the theory test as my original certificate had expired. The nearest test centre to my horror was in Yeovil, which meant a half hour ride on the bus, I wasn't impressed or looking forward to going there as my work colleagues who live in the area were forever putting the place down and encouraging me to go elsewhere!
First impressions were not good, Yeovil reminded me a lot of my birthplace Harlow in Essex, lots of roundabouts, it's functional.....er and that's about it. However two years on my views have changed a great deal, driving around the town almost every day on lessons and being dragged around the shops by my other half gradually made me realise the place does have many good points. I would even consider living there now!
Where is it?
The town itself is located just off the A30 in Somerset, close to Sherborne in Dorset.
Is it easy to get to/from?
Transport links to and from Yeovil seem to be good, there are two train stations, Yeovil Junction and Yeovil Pen Mill which run direct trains to London and Exeter. Neither of them are close to the centre of town but are certainly not miles away either, at most you'd be looking at a 15 minute walk I would say. Buses are also widely available nearby towns and villages, though the more rural locations arent served more than once a day or worse.
Who lives there?
The town has a population of about 40,000
What facilities are available?
Like all towns of similar size there are the usual facilities and amenities. A good selection of shops in the town centre and also in out of town retail parks such as Babylon Hill. I get the impression that Yeovil isn't a particularly upmarket place as there's no Waitrose or John Lewis, instead there are two huge supermarkets - Asda and Tesco plus in the high street the usual staples such as a Primark and New Look. This suits me fine in these credit crunching times.
The centre of town seems a little disjointed, the high street has a down market feel to it and gives the impression it needs a facelift and a little TLC, the streets leading off from it fare a little better. Just off the main high street is a small open air shopping centre called the Quedam Centre which is much more modern looking and contains stores such as BHS and Boots.
Palates of all types are catered for with numerous places to eat from Pizza to coffee shop to posh-ish restaurants.
If you fancy a little culture you can take in a show at the Octogan theatre just off the centre of town or if you're in the mood for some sporting entertainment the town is home to Yeovil Town FC which I'm told by my footie mad work colleague is THE place to be every other Saturday afternoon, yeah I'll reserve judgement on that one!
Yeovil continues to grow on me every week, the more time I spend there the more I like the place, I think the chav in me is coming out more and more no matter how hard I try to suppress it!
I wouldn't choose to live in Yeovil but if I had to for whatever reason I wouldn't be able to complain. It has everything you need to go about your daily life and more besides. I was too quick to judge on first arrival down here, never judge a book by it's cover as the saying goes
As i come from the small town of yeovil im not going to boast thats it something it's not but i have to say it is quite a nice little place not much to do but enough.
We have a shopping centre and one currently being built now which will have 70 new stores in and will be ready in the 2010.we have a a centre with a bowplex a few rsturants such as frankie and benny's and pizza hut and with a cinema complex too good for the kids.
We also have some lovely takeaways and resturants in the centre of our town.
We have two snooker and pool clubs.
I must say our hospital is alfull they are really rubbish and do not really care about there paitents.As one of my friends child fell out of a high chair and got rushed to yeovil and they told him he would be fine an hour later toke him back and found out he had to be rushed to frenche in bristol as he had a blood clot on the brain poor thing.
Any way they do have a lot of certificates for being a very well and clean hospital well i suppose people can make mistakes.
We have plenty of dr surgery's and have a nineprings park which is miles of lovely springs and a lovely walk full of trees nice fields and a pleasent place to walk your dogs it has a huge park for the children and has a few big ponds.We also have our yeovil town football club really nice staium
my personal apinion is we have to many houses being built that is taking up great value of spcace.
Being a town of over 40,000 inhabitants I was rather surprised to be the first to write a review on Yeovil but then again it is possibly the most down trodden town in England which I have set foot in and has very few things to boast about. Yeovil in located just of the A30 in South Somerset and provides the perfect contrast to the surrounding countryside with an ugly metropolis filled with mortgage brokers and pawn shops (no wonder T.S Eliot is buried in nearby East Coker - for those who have not had the delight of encountering his work, he wrote frequently on the subject of urban waste lands).
In its favour, it is one of the few towns in the Dorset/ Somerset area which has a great variety of clothes shops, in Yeovil you can find Topshop/ Topman, New Look, Riverisland, Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins and many others. Unfortunately it lacks any more upmarket shops, such as Zara, Jane Norman, Karen Millen or All Saints.
Yeovil does have one of the best Cinema/ leisure complexes in the area, with a ten-screen cinema and 18-pin bowling alley, which is fairly cheap and fairly standard but yet there is nothing else like it within a 30 mile plus radius.
Yeovil also hosts Nine Springs, a waterside park walk centred around nine natural springs which would really be quite enchanting if you were not quite so scared of coming across hypodermic needles or teenagers fondling each other.
As for historical sites, Yeovil was mentioned in the Doomsday book as the town of Gilve (forked river / river noble - a hybrid of Old English and Anglo Saxon), however Yeovil does not really contain anything of any remarkable historical interest. With Westlands (helicopter manufacturing) as the main employer and before that the glove making industry, Yeovil has mainly developed as an industrial town and thus land has been used to maximise profit rather than for aesthetics. The Church of St John the Baptist in the town centre is perhaps quite pretty, although if it is churches you wish to see, I would recommend visiting the surrounding villages or the neighbouring village of Sherborne which is a historical town which even Shakespeare frequented which grew around the Sherborne Abbey.
One cannot help but conclude that Yeovil is to be avoided unless i) you have too due to some form of work reasons ii) you live in South Somerset / North Dorset (I fall into this category) - so there really is nowhere else to go on weekends!