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Somerset's Picture Perfect Coast

Somerset's coast holds many surprises.

For some visitors, unfamiliar with our geography, it is a surprise to learn the County - known for its Levels, moors and meadows – has a coast at all.

To overlook it is to miss some real treats.

Who can fail to be impressed by the sweeping West Somerset and Exmoor coastline, with some of the highest sea cliffs in England, or the second longest stretch of sand in Europe running from Burnham to Brean?

We have more than our fair share of seaside piers with the associated delights for children of all ages, not to mention some quirky lighthouses, fascinating islands and spectacular sunsets.

The term Jurassic Coast may be more often associated with Dorset but we have ours too and it is just as dramatic in its own way.

In places such as Kilve and Watchet you can marvel at the geology and uncover superb specimens of fossils.

Then there is the wildlife, such as Exmoor Ponies, wild goats, rock pool creatures and wading birds.

At Porlock there is an oyster farm.

It is possible to walk along the coast from Minehead to Bristol - coming inland along the River Parrett to Bridgwater and back out again on towards Weston-Super-Mare.

One of the most surprising discoveries is that you can drive onto the award-winning beach at Berrow making it accessible for so many visitors and there are places where you can ride a horse or walk a dog at any time of year.

It has sand dunes, a ship wreck and marshland.

It is dangerous to approach the water at low tide because of the mud but there are clear signs and a warden patrol.

Brean Down at the far end offers 360 degree views over the County and also across to the mysterious islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm.

Among the top 50 of the UK’s Beaches, Weston-Super-Mare has miles of sand fit for the most fabulous castles!

There are donkey rides, a Grand Pier and SeaQuarium!

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  1. The Jane Austen Centre

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    The Jane Austen Centre

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    Exhibition Centre

    Bath

    The Jane Austen Centre is in the heart of the Georgian city of Bath, between the architectural attractions of Queen Square and the Circus, and just a short stroll from Bath Abbey, the Assembly Rooms...

  2. Victoria Art Gallery

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    Victoria Art Gallery

    Type

    Gallery

    Bath

    Opened in 1900, the Victoria Art Gallery boasts an outstanding collection of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts. The gallery is located in the centre of Bath, near the famous Pulteney Bridge....

  3. National Trust -The shop at Dunster Castle

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    National Trust -The shop at Dunster Castle

    Type

    Shop/Shopping Centre

    Dunster, Nr Minehead

    Explore the atmospheric 17th-century stables and visit the shop for high quality, original gifts and local products. Our shop is brimming with beautiful things, so you are sure to find something to...

  4. National Trust - Dunster Castle

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    National Trust - Dunster Castle

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    Castle/Fort

    Dunster, Nr Minehead


    Dramatically sited on a wooded hill and the fortified home of the Luttrells for 600 years. Remodelled in the 1870s to create a splendid Victorian country house. A fine 17th- century carved...

  5. Fashion Museum Bath

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    Fashion Museum Bath

    Type

    Museum

    Bennett Street, Bath

    A must-see for every fashion-lover, the Fashion Museum is home to one of the world’s leading collections of historic and fashionable dress. Here you can see everything from sumptuous Georgian gowns...

  6. Puxton Park

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    Puxton Park

    Type

    Farm

    Hewish, Weston Super Mare

    Set within 40 acres of beautiful Somerset countryside, just off the M5 near Weston-super-Mare, Puxton Park is open 362 days a year, Mon-Sun 9.00am-5.30pm.

    An all-weather attraction, visitors can...

  7. West Somerset Railway

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    West Somerset Railway

    Type

    Steam Railway

    Minehead

    The West Somerset Railway is the longest Heritage line in the United Kingdom. 

    The line is situated four miles outside the County town of Taunton, starting at Bishops Lydeard and finishing at...

  8. The Cleve Spa

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    The Cleve Spa

    Type

    Spa and Relaxation

    Wellington

    Relax and unwind at The Cleve Spa…

    Sheer indulgence in the beautiful surroundings of The Cleve! Our range of luxurious spa packages (day and overnight) gives you the perfect excuse for a...

  9. Wookey Hole Caves & Attractions

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    Wookey Hole Caves & Attractions

    Type

    Adventure Park/Playground

    Wells

    Britain’s most spectacular show caves and home to the infamous Witch of Wookey. Wander through the prehistoric Valley Of The Dinosaurs and enter the 19th Century Paper Mill, which houses a variety of...

  10. National Trust -The Garden at Dunster Castle

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    National Trust -The Garden at Dunster Castle

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    Garden

    Dunster, Nr Minehead

    The result of 100s of years of planning, building and restoration a walk around the gardens at Dunster Castle takes you around the world and though four different microclimates.

    The South...

  11. Brean Theme Park

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    Brean Theme Park

    Type

    Theme Park

    Brean Sands, Brean

    Visit BREAN THEME PARK, the Pre-eminent Free Admission Theme Park in the South West.

    Just off the M5 junction 22 (near Weston Super Mare). 100 metres from the sand dunes and seven miles of...

  12. Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

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    Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

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    Animal Collection

    Bristol

    Noah’s Ark Zoo is a unique hands-on zoo located just outside Bristol and set in over 100 acres of beautiful countryside. With over 100 different species you can get up close to animals of all sizes,...

  13. Classic View

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    Roman Baths

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    Indoors / Rainy Day

    Bath

    On the site of Britain’s only hot spring, the Romans built a magnificent temple and bathing complex, which still flows with natural hot water today. Come and explore the spectacular Roman Baths, at...

  14. Victoria Art Gallery

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    Victoria Art Gallery

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    Creative

    Bath

    Opened in 1900, the Victoria Art Gallery boasts an outstanding collection of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts. The gallery is located in the centre of Bath, near the famous Pulteney Bridge....

  15. Classic View

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    Roman Baths

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    Historic Site

    Bath

    On the site of Britain’s only hot spring, the Romans built a magnificent temple and bathing complex, which still flows with natural hot water today. Come and explore the spectacular Roman Baths, at...

  16. National Trust -Watermill Tea-room at Dunster Castle

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    National Trust -Watermill Tea-room at Dunster Castle

    Type

    Tea/Coffee Shop

    Dunster, Nr Minehead

    The newly refurbished Watermill Tea-room is opposite the working watermill in peaceful surroundings alongside the River Avill. Offering seasonal treats from hearty lunches to delicious cakes it's a...

  17. Clevedon Treasure Trail

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    Clevedon Treasure Trail

    Type

    Walking Tour

    Clevedon

    The Clevedon Treasure Trail Explore the streets of Clevedon with a self-guided Treasure Hunt themed walking Treasure Trail; a fun and imaginative way to explore Clevedon. As you follow the Trail...

  18. National Trust - Prior Park Landscape Garden

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    National Trust - Prior Park Landscape Garden

    Type

    Garden

    Bath

    Beautiful and intimate 18th-century landscape garden.

    One of only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world can be crossed at Prior Park, which was created in the 18th century by local...

  19. The Bishop's Palace

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    The Bishop's Palace

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    Wells

    The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and this stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy.

     

    Surrounded by a breath-taking moat...

  20. Minehead Treasure Trail

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    Minehead Treasure Trail

    Type

    Walking Tour

    Warren Road, Minehead

    The Minehead Spy Mission Treasure Trail Explore the streets of Minehead with a self-guided Spy Mission themed walking Treasure Trail; a fun and imaginative way to explore Minehead. As you follow...

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