In the 1700s and 1800s Radstock developed due to coal mining. All of the coal mines are now closed. Radstock has one of the few local co-operative societies that still (2014) issues dividends.
By car via the A367 and A362. There is no longer a rail connection to Radstock; the nearest railway stations are at Frome and Bath. By Bus from various places, including Bath, Frome and Wells. Radstock is on national cycle route 24 and it is possible to reach Radstock by bicycle from Bath (going via the Dundas Aqueduct) and from Frome.
The Radstock Museum, Waterloo Road, Radstock, Bath, BA3 3EP (More or less in the middle of Radstock, near the bottom of the surrounding hills), ☎ 01761 437722 ([email protected]). Tuesday to Friday plus Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays: 2pm to 5pm, Saturday 11am to 5pm. Closed on Mondays that are not bank holidays. Closed December and January. Other hours (for group tours etc) by arrangement. Information from July 2014: Spread over two floors, at least half the museum concerns itself with the now-defunct coal-mining industry of the area. Most of the items on display pertain to the 1800s and 1900s. Displays are well presented and there is a goodly amount that would interest children from about ten years of age and upwards. On the ground-floor there is a small and reasonably-priced cafe, and a small shop. The museum is mostly staffed by volunteers. Allow one-and-a-half hours for a comfortable visit. Adults £5 (2014). edit
Somerset Lavender Farm, Horsepond Farm, Faulkland, Somerset, BA3 5WA (Drive slowly through the village and look-out carefully for the sign as its easy to miss. The entrance is on the south side of the road through the village, down a narrow, slightly awkward lane.), ☎ 01373 834 893, . May to September, Wednesday to Sunday plus bank holiday Mondays, 10am to 5pm. About 4 miles east of Radstock and particularly worth visiting in June and July when the Lavender bushes will be in bloom and full of bees. There is also a small herb garden, a cafe and a shop with lavender-themed products. Allow half-an-hour to an hour for a visit. Donations accepted. edit
The Colliers Way, recreational path, Part of National Cycle Route 24. edit