Weston-super-Mare is a seaside resort, town and civil parish in the unitary authority of North Somerset, which is within the ceremonial county of Somerset, England. It is located on the Bristol Channel coast, 18 miles (29 km) south west of Bristol, spanning the coast between the bounding high ground of Worlebury Hill and Bleadon Hill. It includes the suburbs of Oldmixon, West Wick and Worle. Its population according to the 2011 census was 76,143. Since 1983, Weston has been twinned with Hildesheim, Germany.
Although there is evidence in the local area of occupation since the Iron Age, it was still a small village until the 19th century when it became a seaside resort, and was connected with local towns and cities by a railway, and two piers were built. The growth continued until the second half of the 20th century, when tourism declined and some local industries closed. During the 21st century a regeneration programme is being undertaken. Attractions include the Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare Museum, a pier and an aquarium. The Paddle Steamer Waverley and MV Balmoral offer day sea trips from Knightstone Island to various destinations along the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary. Cultural venues include The Playhouse, The Winter Gardens, and The Blakehay Theatre & Community Arts Centre.
Owing to the large tidal range in the Bristol Channel, the low tide mark in Weston Bay is about a mile from the seafront. Although the beach itself is sandy, low tide uncovers areas of thick mud, hence the colloquial name, Weston-super-Mud. These mudflats are very dangerous to walk in and are crossed by the mouth of the River Axe. Just to the north of the town is Sand Point which marks the lower limit of the Severn Estuary and the start of the Bristol Channel. It is also the site of the Middle Hope biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). In the centre of the town is Ellenborough Park, another SSSI due to the range of plant species found there.
Local authority: North Somerset Council
OS Grid Reference: ST320612
Tourist Information Centre
The Winter Gardens
Phone 01934 417 117
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The Grand Atlantic Hotel is an elegant Victorian hotel that is set on the Weston-Super-Mare seafront. Offering breath-taking panoramic views of the Bristol Channel, the property has free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour front desk, a bar and a restaurant. Details...
Overlooking the bay of Western-Super-Mare, The Sandringham Hotel is just metres from the Grand Pier. The hotel offers a traditional restaurant and live entertainment. Details...
Opposite Weston Pier, The York Hotel has stunning sea views across the bay, and a chic wine bar for you to relax in. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the building, and Weston-super-Mareâ€™s sandy beach is just metres away. Details...
The Royal Hotel is a charming Georgian building with its own extensive lawns that extend to Weston-Super-Mareâ€™s Promenade. It offers sea views, rooms with free Wi-Fi and a fine restaurant. Details...
In a quiet residential area, the Beverley Guest House is just a 3-minute walk from Weston-super-Mareâ€™s beach. The family-run Beverley has comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi and free parking. Details...
Grove Lodge guest house is located a 5-minute stroll from Weston-Super-Mare beach and just 4 minutesâ€™ walk from the town centre. It boasts en suite accommodation with free Wi-Fi and a cooked breakfast is included. Details...
Westview is a wonderful lodge, set solely on the ground floor, three miles from Weston-super-Mare, on the former site of the Bleadon railway station. The property has two bedrooms, a king-size double room with an en-suite and a further bedroom with the option of being a twin or a double. Details...
The Old Stable is a splendid, Grade II listed terraced cottage in the village of Hutton near to Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, and can sleep six people in three bedrooms. Details...
The Old Cottage is a charming, Grade II listed cottage, situated in the village of Hutton near Weston-super-Mare in South West England. Details...
Meadowbank Cottage is a semi-detached cottage in Worle village, 4 miles from the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare. The cottage has a double room and a twin room, and a family bathroom. Details...
Bramley Lodge is a detached luxury chalet in the village of Hewish near Weston-super-Mare. The lodge sleeps six people and has one king-size double with en-suite shower, two twin bedrooms and a family bathroom. Details...
Wisteria Chalet is a detached property in the village of Watchfield, near the towns of Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset. This single-storey cottage sleeps three people and has a double bedroom, a bathroom and an open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with double sofa bed. Details...