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Weston-super-Mare

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Weston-super-Mare beach, looking north towards Grand Pier and town

Weston-super-Mare[1] is a typical English seaside resort on the shore of the Bristol Channel, in the traditional county of Somerset, approximately 25 miles south west of Bristol, 35 miles west of Bath and 20 miles north of Bridgwater. The main attraction, Weston Bay, has miles of clean sandy beach and traditional seaside attractions.

Get in[edit]

Rail[edit]

Weston is accessible by train, it lies on the mainline from Bristol to the South West. Direct trains are available from London, Birmingham, Gloucester, Cardiff, Taunton and Exeter, with connections from parts of England, Wales and Scotland.

Coach and bus[edit]

National Express coaches connect to most parts of Britain. Buses connect directly with Bristol, Bath, Bridgwater, Taunton and Glastonbury.

Road[edit]

Weston lies approximately 3 miles off the M5 motorway, at junction 21

Air[edit]

The nearest airport is Bristol International. It is possible to get an airport bus to Temple Meads or Parson street railway stations in Bristol and take a train to Weston from there. Bus 121 runs direct, but slowly and infrequently. The quicker but more expensive option would be to take a taxi (£25).

Get around[edit]

Most of the major attractions lie within easy walking distance of the railway and bus stations. There are local bus services within the town provided by First Bus

See[edit][add listing]

  • Tourist Information Centre, Beach Lawn (follow signs for sea front from J21, M5), 01934 888 800 (, fax: 01934 641 741), [2]. 09:30-17:00. Accomodation booking, discount tickets, travel information, maps, tourist leaflets  edit
  • The Grand Pier, Marine Parade (follow signs for sea front from J21, M5), 01934 620 238 (), [3]. The Pier suffered a devastating fire in 2008, but in October 2010 the 39 million pound rebuilt pier opened to the public. The Grand Pier includes multiple attractions including a Go-Kart Track, Robo Coaster and Ghost ride. Entry is free. food and drinks are available and there is also a themed bar  edit
  • The Wheel of Weston, Beach Lawns, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1AT (2 minute walk from town centre, on the seafront, due to its size very easy to find), 01934 620 058, [4]. 10:00 - 20:00. The Wheel of Weston is a 40 meter high observation wheel which 30 pods are attached. Each pod can take 8 people, brilliant views of surrounding area on clear day. Adult £6.50, Child (14 years and under) £4.00.  edit
  • North Somerset Museum, Burlington Street (five minutes walk from Tourist Information Centre, near High Street), 01934 621 028 (), [5]. Mon-Sat: 10:00-16:30. Illustrates the history of North Somerset from pre-historic times to the present day. Finds from Worlebury Hill Fort are on display and other exhibits include minerals, natural history, costume, a chemist shop, dentist and dairy. Shop and cafe  edit
  • Helicopter Museum, The Heliport, Locking Moor Road, 01934 635 227, [6]. Apr-Oct: 10:00-17:30, Nov-Mar: 10:00-16:30. Claims to be the largest dedicated helicopter museum in the world. Over 80 rotorcraft from all over the world. Many foreign helicopters are featured, in particular Soviet-era and Eastern European craft. Also helicopters from the Queens Flight, including a Wessex. Offers regular 15 mile summer Helicopter Experience Flights over the area. £3.50-£5.50.  edit
  • Brean Down, 01934 844 518, [7]. National Trust owned peninsula 2 miles to the south of Weston, jutting out into the Bristol Channel, with a Victorian fort and steep cliffs. Not directly accessible from Weston without a car due to estuary between it and the town. Approximately 9miles by road. Refreshments in Brean Cove car park. free, donations welcome.  edit
  • The Beach, (follow signs for sea front from J21, M5). has two miles of sand, although at low water the sea can be nearly a mile away from the Promenade. There are designated areas for kite buggies, small land yachts and kite boards, while jet skiers, power boat users and other boats can launch from Knightstone slipway. Traditional donkey rides. free.  edit
  • Seaquarium, Marine Parade (follow signs for sea front from J21, M5), 01934 613 361, [8]. Daily: 10:00-16:00. Over 25 displays allowing visitors to see aquatic life from local waters and regions of the world. An underwater tunnel lets visitors get close to the sharks, rays and other creatures as they swim by. Shop and cafe £5.25-£6.25.  edit
  • Boat Trips, Knightstone Harbour. Trips around Weston Bay lasting for an hour by www.mwmarine.org Tel...01934-636734 and also a longer day trip to the nature reserve of Steep Holm and Flatholm Island in the Bristol Channel. The MV Balmoral and the PS Waverley occasionally call in at Weston. Details from Tourist Information Centre  edit
  • Sand Bay, Kewstoke Road (M5 Junction 21. signs for Kewstoke. access from beach road.). Sand and shingle, salt marsh and site of Scientific Special interest at northern end. Cafe, restaurants, shops, toilets, a campsite and caravan park are all available.  edit
  • Marine Lake Beach, Seafront, W-s-M. There is Marine Lake beach where thanks to a causeway the tide is always in, whatever it is doing in the main bay  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Playhouse Theatre, High Street, 01934 645 544, [9]. 658 seat theatre hosting summer variety, concerts, dance, films, drama, local amateur productions and a Christmas pantomime. £4.00-£20.00.  edit
  • The Winter Gardens, Royal Parade, 01934 417 117, [10]. Ballroom dancing, conferences, farmers' markets, fairs, wrestling. free-£12.00.  edit
  • Odeon Cinema, The Centre, High Street (5 minutes from railway station), 0871 22 44 007, [11]. 12:00 until 22:00, occasional late screenings. 4 screen miniplex showing main feature films, online booking available £3.25-£8.10.  edit
  • The Blakehay, Wadham Street (just off High Street), 01934 645 493, [12]. 200 seat community theatre and arts venue, with a programme of plays, concerts, puppet theatre, films and dance performance.  edit
  • Helidays, Beach Lawns, Sea Front, 01934 635 227, [13]. Three day event in July, with static and flying displays, helicopter rides.  edit
  • Sand Sculpture Festival, The Beach (Follow seafront signs from J21 of the M5), 01934 888 800. daylight. Spectacular sculptures by artists from around the world. The largest may be as high as 10 feet tall and use up to 20 tons of sand. free.  edit
  • Weston Beach Race, The Beach (Follow seafront signs from J21 of the M5), [14]. October - annual extravaganza of motorcycle stunts and races over a specially constructed sand course. £4 - £16 / day in advance.  edit
  • Weston Illuminated Carnival, town centre and seafront, [15]. 7pm-10pm. part of the Somerset carnival season, November annually free, donations collected.  edit
  • The Campus, Highlands Lane, Locking Castle (Travel along Elmham Way in Weston-super-Mare following road signs for Worle and Sand Bay. At the roundabout take the first exit onto Bransby Way. Turn left onto Highlands Lane), 01934 427 427 (, fax: 01934 427 323), [16]. Skateboard park, BMX area, sports halls and pitches  edit
  • Hans Price Sports Centre, Marchfields Way (Follow the A370 into Weston-super-Mare. Take the first turning on the left after the retail park which contains KFC and Gala Bingo, into Wyvern School. Follow the signs for the sports centre.), 01934 642 426 (), [17]. Monday to Friday 3.30-10pm, Saturday 9am-2pm. Sports hall, indoor climbing wall, all-weather floodlit artificial turf pitch, outdoor floodlit courts, gymnasium, multi-use games area, outdoor grass pitches, fitness suite.  edit
  • Wheel of Weston, Beach Lawns, [18]. Wheel of Weston  edit
  • Sheer Adventure, 23-24 Richmond Terrace, 07900335832, [19]. Abseiling and rock climbing activities for groups in Weston-super-Mare and Bristol. Stag and Hen parties, charity and corporate events, family days.  edit
  • Speedway Karting Centre, Weston Euro Park, Winterstoke Road, BS24 9AA (Travelling southbound on Winterstoke road, turn left into Weston Euro Park when you see the Combat Gym), 01934 416 443, [20]. 11:00-22:00. Indoor Go-Karting venue,(Minimum driver height – 4ft 8in; maximum driver weight – 18st)  edit
  • Premier Leisure, Unit 7-8 Oldmixon Trading Estate, 01934 631 894, [21]. A great day out for a rainy day and groups looking for Go-Karting, Laser Quest or Indoor painting. The cafe is very reasonably priced too. Thanks!  edit
  • Odeon, Weston-super-Mare. Odeon Weston-super-Mare is home to one of only two Compton theatre organs remaining in the country in their oiginal installations in a working cinema. The only other being Odeon, Leicester Square, London. Both organs are still performing and giving public convcerts. See http://www.wetos.co.uk for show information.  edit


Buy[edit][add listing]

  • High Street, (three minutes from sea front). main shopping centre  edit
  • Sovereign Shopping Centre, just off High Street, 01934 644 111, [22]. 38 shops and a cafe  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are many fish and chip shops, cafes and other fast food outlets in and around the High Street and sea front. Also a small number of Indian and Chinese restaurants and take-aways.

  • Yo-Ji, 25-27 St James Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1ST, 01934 620 800, [23]. 11:00-15:00 (Lunch) 17:00-22:30 (Dinner). Japanese Restaurant serving fine cuisine and sushi  edit
  • Old Thatched Cottage, 14 Knightstone Road, Weston super Mare, BS23 2AN, 01934 621 313, [24]. Situated in the oldest building in Weston is this family run restaurant specialising in Steak and Fish.  edit
  • Bengal Raj, 8-20 Boulevard, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1NA, 01934 420 824. One of the best if not the best Indian restaurant in Weston  edit
  • Treats cafe, 48 meadow street. Famous for their breakfasts / awesome omelettes and home made lunchtime specials including roast dinners  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

A range of traditional style pubs and national chain outlets, many serving food, concentrated around the High street area and sea front.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Large numbers of guest houses, also self catering accommodation and a few independent hotels.

  • Pontins Brean Sands, Burnham on Sea, Somerset, [25]. Traditional seaside resort with facilities including play area, bar & restaurant and swimming pool. It is the perfect base to explore all the best of Somerset and Avon and to create magical family memories. From £59.  edit
  • The Grand Atlantic, Beach Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1BA (Located on the seafront, 5 minutes south of town centre), 01934 626 543, [26]. Victorian era hotel set on the seafront. Close to town centre. Has had an extensive refurbishment. Restaurant and bar  edit
  • Nook and Harbour Holiday Apartments, 50 Knightstone Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 2BE (North West of the town centre located next to Marine Lake on the Seafront), 01934 621 122, [27]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 10am. B&B and Holiday Apartments, next to Marine Lake & Knightstone Island  edit
  • Anchor Head Hotel, Claremont Crescent, Weston-super-mare, BS23 2ED (Follow seafront road from town towards Sand Bay, located near the headland), 01934 620880, [28]. checkin: 4pm; checkout: 10am. Located towards the North-West of the town, between Marine Lake and Birnbeck Pier  edit
  • Premier Inn, Hutton Moor Road, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, BS22 8LY (Follow A370 from M5 Junction 21 into Weston-Super-Mare. After 3rd roundabout turn right at traffic lights into Hutton Moor Leisure Centre. Turn left and follow road into car park. Next to the Pavilion Beefeater.), 0871 527 9156, [29]. Standard Premier Inn hotel, located 1.5 miles from Town Centre From £57pppn.  edit
  • The Royal Hotel, 1 South Parade, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1JP (Located on the seafront next to the Winter Gardens), 01934 423 100, [30]. Large Georgian Hotel which is located in the centre of Weston on the seafront, 2 minutes walk from the High street, Grand Pier and Knightstone Island.  edit

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