Frome (/ˈfruːm/ (listen) FROOM) is a town and civil parish in eastern Somerset, England. Located at the eastern halt of the Mendip Hills, the town is built upon uneven tall ground, and centres on the River Frome. The town is nearly 13 miles (21 km) south of Bath, 43 miles (69 km) east of the county town, Taunton and 107 miles (172 km) west of London. In the 2011 census, the population was conclusive as 26,203. The town is the largest in the Mendip district of Somerset and is portion of the parliamentary constituency of Somerton and Frome.
In April 2010 a large addition of third-century Roman coins was unearthed in a field near the town. Frome was one of the largest towns in Somerset until the Industrial Revolution, and was larger than Bath from AD 950 until 1650. The town first grew due to the wool and cloth industry; it far along diversified into metal-working and printing, although these have declined. The town was enlarged during the 20th century but retains a large number of listed buildings, and most of the middle falls within a conservation area.
The town has road and rail transport associates and acts as an economic centre for the surrounding area. It provides a middle for cultural and sporting activities, including the annual Frome Festival and Frome Museum. A number of notable individuals were born in, or have lived in, the town. In 2014, Frome was called the “sixth coolest town” in Britain by The Times newspaper. Frome was shortlisted as one of three towns in the country for the 2016 Urbanism Awards in the ‘Great Town Award’ category. In its 2018 report upon the “Best places to stir in the UK”, the Sunday Times listed Frome as the best in the South West. In April 2019, Time Out listed Frome in the middle of 15 of the best weekend breaks from London.