"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Burnham-on-Sea

Burnham-on-Sea is a town in Somerset, England, at the mouth of the River Parrett and Bridgwater Bay. Burnham was a small village until the late 18th century, when it began to grow because of its popularity as a seaside resort. It forms part of the parish of Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge. According to the 2001 census the population of the parish was 18,401.

The position of the town on the edge of the Somerset Levels, where they meet the Bristol Channel, has resulted in a history dominated by land reclamation and sea defences since Roman times. Burnham was seriously affected by the Bristol Channel floods of 1607, with the present curved concrete wall was completed in 1988. There have been many shipwrecks on the Gore Sands, which lie just offshore and can be exposed at low tides. Lighthouses are hence prominent landmarks in the town, with the original lighthouse known as the Round Tower built to replace the light on the top of the 14th-century tower of St Andrews Church. The 110 feet (34 m) pillar or High Lighthouse and the low wooden pile lighthouse or Lighthouse on legs on the beach were built to replace it. The town's first lifeboat was provided in 1836 by the Corporation of Bridgwater.

A stone pier was built in 1858 by the Somerset Central Railway. Soon afterwards, in 1860, a steamer service to Wales was inaugurated, but it was never a commercial success, and ended in 1888. Burnham-on-Sea railway station was the terminus of the Burnham branch of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway. It opened in 1858, closed to scheduled passenger traffic in 1951, and stopped being used for excursions in 1962. The former Great Western Railway station is now known as Highbridge and Burnham. A second pier, built of concrete between 1911 and 1914, is claimed to be the shortest pier in Britain.

Local authority: North Somerset Council

OS Grid Reference: ST307491

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Things to see and do in and around Burnham-on-Sea

  • Sea Urchins
  • Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park
  • Animal Farm Adventure Park
  • Fun City at Brean Leisure Park
  • Brean Play
  • Animal Farm Adventure Park
  • Brean Leisure Park
  • Warren Farm Holiday Centre

Tourist Information

Burnham-on-Sea
Tourist Information Centre
South Esplanade
Somerset
England
TA8 1BU

Phone 01278 787852
Email burnham.tic@sedgemoor.gov.uk

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Weather

Forecast for Wednesday 26 July

06:00


Chance of rain 98%
Max temp. 16°C
(feels like 15°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
S
Pressure 1007
Humidity 98%
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09:00


Chance of rain 88%
Max temp. 17°C
(feels like 16°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
SW
Pressure 1007
Humidity 91%
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12:00


Chance of rain 82%
Max temp. 18°C
(feels like 15°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 7mph.
WSW
Pressure 1006
Humidity 87%
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15:00


Chance of rain 4%
Max temp. 18°C
(feels like 13°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 9mph.
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Pressure 1006
Humidity 71%
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18:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 17°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 9mph.
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Pressure 1007
Humidity 69%
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21:00


Chance of rain 4%
Max temp. 16°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 8mph.
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Pressure 1007
Humidity 71%
UV Index n/a
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