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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

Rail

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 all parts of England, Wales and Scotland.

Coach and bus

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

Road

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

Air

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.

Get around

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

  • 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
  • The Grand Pier, Marine Parade (follow signs for sea front from J21, M5), [3]. Despite a devastating fire in 2008, part of the pier is still open to visitors. Traditional entertainments are available at the landward end of the pier, and visitors can walk along most of the length of the pier deck and see for the effects of the fire on the pavilion building and the reconstruction works.
  • North Somerset Museum, Burlington Street (five minutes walk from Tourist Information Centre, near High Street), 01934 621 028 (), [4]. 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
  • Helicopter Museum, The Heliport, Locking Moor Road, 01934 635 227, [5]. 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.
  • Brean Down, 01934 844 518, [6]. National Trust owned peninsula 2 miles to the south of Weston, jutting out into the Bristol Channel, with a Victorian fort and steep cliffs. Refreshments in Brean Cove car park. free, donations welcome.
  • 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.
  • Seaquarium, Marine Parade (follow signs for sea front from J21, M5), 01934 613 361, [7]. 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.
  • Boat Trips, Knightstone Harbour. Trips around Weston Bay lasting for an hour and also a longer day trip to the nature reserve of Steep Holm in the Bristol Channel. The MV Balmoral and the PS Waverley occasionally call in at Weston. Details from Tourist Information Centre
  • 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.

Do

  • Playhouse Theatre, High Street, 01934 645 544, [8]. 658 seat theatre hosting summer variety, concerts, dance, films, drama, local amateur productions and a Christmas pantomime. £4.00-£20.00.
  • The Winter Gardens, Royal Parade, 01934 417 117, [9]. Ballroom dancing, conferences, farmers' markets, fairs, wrestling. free-£12.00.
  • Odeon Cinema, The Centre, High Street (5 minutes from railway station), 0871 22 44 007, [10]. 12:00 until 22:00, occasional late screenings. 4 screen miniplex showing main feature films, online booking available £3.25-£8.10.
  • The Blakehay, Wadham Street (just off High Street), 01934 645 493, [11]. 200 seat community theatre and arts venue, with a programme of plays, concerts, puppet theatre, films and dance performance.
  • Helidays, Beach Lawns, Sea Front, 01934 635 227, [12]. Three day event in July, with static and flying displays, helicopter rides.
  • 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.
  • Weston Beach Race, The Beach (Follow seafront signs from J21 of the M5), [13]. October - annual extravaganza of motorcycle stunts and races over a specially constructed sand course. £4 - £16 / day in advance.
  • Weston Illuminated Carnival, town centre and seafront, [14]. 7pm-10pm. part of the Somerset carnival season, November annually free, donations collected.
  • 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), [15]. Skateboard park, BMX area, sports halls and pitches
  • Wyvern 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 (), [16]. 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.
  • Wheel of Weston, Beach Lawns, [17]. Wheel of Weston
  • Sheer Adventure, 23-24 Richmond Terrace, 07900335832, [18]. Abseiling and rock climbing activities for groups in Weston-super-Mare and Bristol. Stag and Hen parties, charity and corporate events, family days.


Buy

  • High Street, (three minutes from sea front). main shopping centre
  • Sovereign Shopping Centre, just off High Street, 01934 644 111, [19]. 38 shops and a cafe


Eat

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.

Drink

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

Sleep

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

Get out

Other local attractions near Weston-super-Mare are:

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