North Somerset

Somerset Towns and Villages

Weston-super-Mare

The Visitor Information Centre, The Tropicana, Marine Parade, BS23 1BE

Weston-super-Mare

Description

The original British seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare on the Somerset coast is steeped with Victorian history. Dominated by a long stretches of glorious, sandy beach, Weston-super-Mare has lots to offer and is mostly on the level with no steep walkways to access the beach.  The huge, level promenade offers vistas over the beach and sea to Brean Down, Steep Holm, Flat Holm and Wales.
 
Travelling here couldn't be simpler with Weston-super-Mare being easily accessible by road, rail or air. There are easy links from the M5 and M4 corridors, a central train station and we’re just 20 minutes or so from Bristol Airport.  Just off Junction 21 of the M5, we’re within a couple of hours’ drive from the Midlands and West London, an hour’s drive from the Cardiff area and a great place to stop off instead of making a long drive into the Devon and Cornwall peninsula.
 
As well as traditional donkey rides, the amusements and rides of the Grand Pier, ice-cream on the beach and comparing your own efforts to build sandcastles with those of the annual Sand Sculpture Festival, there’s two theatres, two cinemas, a free museum, a vast range of traditional and international cuisine, the Southwest’s highest indoor climbing walls – you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the amount of things to do.
 
Many of our visitors remember coming here as a child and now come back with their own families.  Everyone is pleasantly surprised at the amount of things to do and at the improvements made to our lovely seafront. 
 
The Grand Pier constantly updates its offerings, so as well as the traditional “shove 2p” to win a prize machines and dodgem cars, there are modern games, great café and restaurant offerings, a museum of memories and lots of excitement.  But if it’s the views and an afternoon tea that you’re after, you can walk around the pavilion to sit in deckchairs or to Tiffany’s Edwardian style restaurant.
 
Discover the history of Weston-super-Mare at the free to enter Weston Museum. You can also visit the world’s largest Helicopter Museum on the old Weston airfield just outside the town centre and there’s a museum dedicated to Lambretta motor scooters too.
 
There’s a choice of accommodation with hotels, guest house B&B’s and delightful self-catering apartments throughout the town, many of which are on the seafront.  You’re sure to find something to suit your budget and your requirements plus you have the comfort of knowing that all properties promoted on the visit-westonsupermare.com website have been quality checked.
 
Many accommodation providers are dog friendly and dogs are permitted on the long beach year round, with dedicated areas in the summer months.
 
Weston-super-Mare is at the perfect gateway to all the attractions that Somerset offers. You can spend your holiday at the beach and if you want a change, let public transport take the strain to explore the delights of Somerset.
 
The picturesque town of Clevedon with the iconic Grade I listed Clevedon Pier and Portishead, where you can unwind and dine out by the vibrant marina, the spectacular landscapes and caves of Cheddar Gorge, the vibrant cities of Bristol and Bath and the county town of Taunton are all within very easy reach. Or venture further afield to many iconic tourist spots including Glastonbury, Wookey Hole, or Wells, all within an hour’s drive.
 
Alternatively, if you’re staying inland or nearby, Weston-super-Mare is a great day out.  Lots of people who visit for the day are so impressed that they book to stay here next time around!
 
A year-round programme of events attracts people from all over the UK and beyond. Events such as the Weston Air Festival & Armed Forces Day in June, Weston Enduro Beach Race in October and the Weston Carnival in November ensure that there are always things to do in Weston-super-Mare, regardless of the weather, season or budget.
 
The annual Pride festival takes place each July and has grown in size and support since its inception in 2014.  Weston-super-Mare offers a super, community feel and is proud to host National Pride festival in 2021.
 
The Blakehay Theatre is centrally located and appeals to fans of theatre from all generations.  Around the corner is The Playhouse Theatre that often showcases tribute bands and West End names.  
 
The seafront Water & Adventure Play Park with adjacent car parking is open year round as an adventure park and seasonally with water splash features. It’s free to enter with a reasonable £2.50 charge per child when the water features are in operation, lots of grass seating and a café.  Adults accompanying children enter free of charge.
 
There is easy parking all along the seafront and you might be lucky enough to be able to park on the beach itself.  You could not ask for more convenient parking, just imagine, you can leave bulky items in the car and just nip back as and when you need things.
 
Weston-super-Mare is a walking and cycling paradise.  A super seaside resort, perched just on the edges of the Mendip Hills and surrounded by headlands such as the National Trust’s Brean Down and Worlebury Hill that both offer beautiful walks and views.  Sand Bay and Sand Point are also close by, a 2 mile bus or car ride north of Weston Bay, where dog walking and horse riding are permitted year round.
 
There are walking trails of the town to enjoy spotting Blue Plaques, street art and architecture.  Weston-super-Mare is also blessed with many parks just close to the seafront.  Grove Park is near the Blakehay Theatre and the Playhouse Theatre and hosts classic car shows as well as bands and concerts at weekends in the summer months from a wonderful, Victorian bandstand.  Ellenborough Park and Clarence Park are also just off the seafront, both offering quieter options for those who want to picnic or people watch away from the sandy beach.
 
There’s a seasonal Visitor Information Centre in the Tropicana building half way along the Promenade.  Free maps, information and discount vouchers along with unusual and bespoke souvenirs and gifts are just some of the services offered.  The only beach-going wheelchair in Somerset is available from the VIC free of charge and it’s also a free water-refill station for those hot days.  It’s open daily from Easter until Autumn.
 
 
Let's get started; whether you're looking for accommodation, things to do, what's on or places to eat and drink, we've got you covered here at Weston-super-Mare.   
 


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Easter to Autumn for public, year round by phone or appointment

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Weston-super-Mare
The Visitor Information Centre
The Tropicana
Marine Parade
Weston-Super-Mare
BS23 1BE


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