Weston-super-Mare 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.
Weston-super-Mare beach, looking north towards Grand Pier and town
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
National Express coaches connect to most parts of Britain. Buses connect directly with Bristol, Bath, Bridgwater, Taunton and Glastonbury.
Weston lies approximately 3 miles off the M5 motorway, at junction 21
The nearest airport is Weston-super-Mare Airport, which also houses the Helicopter Museum. However, it is possible to get an airport bus from Bristol International Airport 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).
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
- Visitor Information Centre, The Tropicana Building, Weston-super-Mare Seafront, ([email protected], fax: 01934 641 741), . Easter to mid-September. 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 ([email protected]), . One of Weston's two piers, this pier suffered a devastating fire in 2008, but in October 2010 a 39 million pound rebuilt pier, based on the original, opened to the public. The Grand Pier includes multiple attractions including dodgems, the Balloon Wheel, a ten-pin bowling alley, a freefall tower, the Crazy House, coin-operated kiddie rides, arcade machines, shooting galleries and the Castle of Doom ghost train. There is also an outdoor section at the back of the pier, which features a car ride round a cartoon town, a remote control boating lake, a flying saucer ride and shooting galleries. Entry is free. Food and drinks are available on the pier at several kiosks, like ice cream, fish and chips, donuts, hot dogs and popcorn. edit
- Birnbeck Pier, Birnbeck Road (follow signs for sea front from J21, M5), ☎ 01934 626 700 ([email protected]), . One of Weston's two piers, this pier is the only pier in the UK that goes out to an island. The mainland part has a tea room and gift shop called "Pier View", which also has a viewing platform. Also on the mainland part is the Pier Master's Cottage, which contains a Heritage Centre dedicated to piers built by Eugenius Birch on the ground floor and the residential home of the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust, which owns the pier, on the first floor. There is also a toll booth on the mainland part, where you get your tickets for the pier and by the toll booth is a Gourmet Burger Kitchen outlet by it, selling burgers and hot dogs. The part of the mainland where the toll booth is also has Victorian turnstiles, which you use to get onto the pier. On the actual island itself is a lifeboat station which is the HQ of the Weston branch of the RNLI, which also contains an RNLI gift shop, a tea shop and an art gallery which is themed to the history of the RNLI. Also on the island is a Victorian clock tower. On the North Jetty of the island is a staging point for the MV Balmoral and a ferry point for the Kenneth Allsop Trust. In the East Pavilion on the island is the Marine and Renewable Energy Education Centre, which also has a licensed bar, a kiosk that sells Wall's Ice Cream, a fish and chip restaurant, a gift shop and the HQ of the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust. In the West Pavilion, meanwhile, is a Victorian penny arcade, which also has a seafood restaurant, a tea room, another licensed bar and a stage for concerts. edit
- The Weston Wheel, 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, . 10:00 - 20:00. The Weston Wheel 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 ([email protected]), . 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, Weston-super-Mare Airport, Locking Moor Road, ☎ 01934 635 227, . 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, . 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
- Sea Life Centre, Marine Parade (follow signs for sea front from J21, M5), ☎ 01934 613 361, . 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
- Tropicana, Marine Parade (follow signs for sea front from J21, M5), ☎ 01934 626 581, . Daily: 8:00-18:00. Opened in 1937 as "The Pool", but in 1982 was revamped to become the Tropicana. It features 3 water slides: The Pineapple, which is an iconic water slide where you go inside a giant pineapple, up the spiral staircase and down one of two slides into the pool. Then there is The Snake, which is a water slide for the extreme ones where you go up the stairs and down a slide shaped like a snake into a landing pool, and The Elephant, which is a water slide for the younger ones where you climb the ladder on its back and slide down its trunk. The pool has a wave machine that feels like you are in a washing machine, and a crocodile which sits in the water beside The Elephant, and emits water in an arch formation from its nostrils when you press a button on its head. On the poolside area is The Giant Fruit Garden Play Area, which is a playground where you go inside a giant pear, go up the ladder and then you have two choices of whether to crawl across the tunnel to the pineapple and slide down the slide in it, or to crawl across the tunnel to the blackberry and slide down the slide in it. Also on the poolside is a sandpit with a giant stuck in it. You can go in his ears, up the stairs and slide down his tongue as well. The poolside also has a kiddie pool with a little elephant slide in it. Aside from being a swimming pool, it also has the Weston-super-Mare Model Railway on the first floor of the main building, a licensed bar, a gift shop, a bowling alley, kiddie rides, an amusement arcade and an ice-skating rink. £2. 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 Birnbeck Pier. 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
- Playhouse Theatre, High Street, ☎ 01934 645 544, . 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, . Ballroom dancing, conferences, farmers' markets, fairs, wrestling. free-£12.00. edit
- The Blakehay, Wadham Street (just off High Street), ☎ 01934 645 493, . 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, . 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), . 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, . 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 ([email protected], fax: 01934 427 323), . 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 ([email protected]), . 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
- 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, . 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, . 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
- High Street, (three minutes from sea front). main shopping centre edit
- Dolphin Square Shopping Centre, (just across the road from the sea front). 1960s shopping precinct with an indoor market, one of several Weston HQs of North Somerset Council, an AMF Bowling centre, a nightclub, a Co-op supermarket, a Parsons Bakery, an RSPCA charity shop, a Robert John barbershop, a GAP clothes shop, a Dreams bed shop, a Living Homes furniture shop, several local shops and cafés, a KFC restaurant and flats above the shops. edit
- Sovereign Shopping Centre, just off High Street, ☎ 01934 644 111, . 38 shops and a cafe edit
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, . 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, . 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
A range of traditional style pubs and national chain outlets, many serving food, concentrated around the High street area and sea front.
Large numbers of guest houses, also self catering accommodation and a few independent hotels.
- Pontins Brean Sands, Burnham on Sea, Somerset, . 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, . 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, . 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, . 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, . 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, . 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
Other local attractions near Weston-super-Mare are: