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TA6, Bridgwater



Historic market town Bridgwater is home to the most illustrious of Somerset’s famous street carnivals

A rich legacy as a port and commercial centre is joined by Europe’s largest illuminated carnival, which lights up the streets every November.

What to do in Bridgwater

A lively town with a rich history, Bridgwater Carnival best symbolises the town’s festive spirit. Residents near and far come together each November to witness the largest illuminated procession in Europe. To get in on the action, check the official Bridgwater Carnival Website for this year’s date, travel advice and accommodation information.

Learn about the history of Bridgwater at the Blake Museum, where you’ll discover its past as a port and centre of commerce. The centre of Bridgwater is small enough to explore on foot, so head out to find examples of the fine architecture built during its commercial heydey - check out Cornhill, Castle Street and King Square for some key construction landmarks.

Absorb some local culture at the Bridgewater Arts Centre - one of the first in the country - as well as Somerset Brick and Tile Museum, and the Bridgewater and Taunton Canal and Docks. Head to the town centre to find a combination of well-known and independent shops, plus lots of options for dining. 


Road Directions

How to get to Bridgwater

By car: Bridgwater is located just off the M5 between Bristol and Taunton. Exit the motorway at Junction 23 and follow signs towards Bridgwater.

By train and bus: Rail services run regularly to Bridgwater station, either via Bristol Temple Meads or Taunton. Local bus services operate around the town.

By air: Bristol Airport is around 30 miles from Bridgwater. Local bus and train services run from the airport, either direct or via Bristol terminals.


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