Mere, an historic small town adjacent to the A303, nestles beneath the South Wiltshire Downs. To the north is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty providing a wealth of interest, including strip lynchets formed by ancient ploughing, and White Sheet Hill Nature Reserve.
Mere has its own library (with computers and WiFi), information point, and first-rate museum. Nearby you can try your hand at clay pigeon shooting, angling, or golf, while younger people may enjoy the Falconry and the Bison Farm. There is excellent walking and horse riding along woodland tracks and open downland, while local cycle routes provide for both leisurely and more challenging expeditions.
There are two free car parks with toilets and coach parking. In the centre of the town, a tearoom, pubs, take away food, and a traditional butcher can be found. Adjacent are antiques retailers, a PO, greengrocers, pharmacy, Yapps Wines, and other shops. Varied accommodation is available with Stourhead House and Gardens (NT) within two miles, and Longleat also close.