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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. The stretch from Minehead to Brean Down is part of the England Coast Path.

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 Bristol Hippodrome

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    The Bristol Hippodrome

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    Theatre

    Bristol

    The Bristol Hippodrome is one of the country's top, family-friendly provincial theatres, which proudly continues to stage major West End and Broadway productions. The Bristol Hippodrome caters for...

  2. Barrington Court, Ilminster

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    National Trust - Barrington Court

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    Historic House/Palace

    Ilminster

    Discover the haunting echoes of the past at Barrington Court, a Tudor manor house free from collections and furniture. Explore using your imagination and your senses to discover a house full of...

  3. Wells

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    Wells

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    Sightseeing

    8 Cathedral Green, Wells

    The historic City of Wells is just a short 45 minute drive from the beautiful City of Bath (UNESCO World Heritage City). The 22 mile route heads over the Mendip Hills and opens up a gateway to the...

  4. National Trust - Montacute House

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    National Trust - Montacute House

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    Historic House/Palace

    Montacute

    Montacute House is a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, glow of ham stone and its surrounding gardens, it is a place of beauty and...

  5. Wookey Hole Caves & Attractions

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    Wookey Hole Caves & Attractions

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    Family Fun

    Wells

    Explore the Unexplored

    There’s always fun and adventure to be had at Wookey Hole Caves and Attractions…..deep underground is the UK’s largest show caves system, home to the infamous Witch of...

  6. Brean Splash

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    Brean Splash

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    Family Fun

    Berrow, BURNHAM-ON-SEA

    Brean Splash is a family owned business located at Brean Leisure Park in Brean Sands, Somerset 10 mins from M5, J22 Burnham On Sea, Somerset. 

    We are open daily all year round and cater for all...

  7. Wild Wookey

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    Wild Wookey

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    Adventure Sport Centre

    WELLS

    Wild Wookey is the best and most innovative adventure caving experience in the country in the most famous and spectacular caves in the UK. Designed and created by highly experienced and qualified...

  8. Bike Hire in Glastonbury

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    Bike Hire in Glastonbury

    1 Magdalene Street, GLASTONBURY

    (Mon-Sat 10 am to 5 pm, Sun 11am – 4pm)

    £20 per a bike for the day

    £50 deposit required and returnable at the end of the hire.

    Hi -Viz, Helmet, Locks and puncture repair kit are...

  9. Brean Play

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    Brean Play

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    Family Fun

    Berrow, Burnham On Sea

    The South-West's BEST indoor soft play attraction. Brean Play at Brean Leisure Park, near Burnham On Sea, Somerset is open all year round and is the perfect place for your children to let off steam...

  10. 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 with animals of all...

  11. Glastonbury Tor at sunset

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    Glastonbury

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    Sightseeing

    1 Magdalene Street, GLASTONBURY

    The opening of the London Olympics in 2012 clearly demonstrated Glastonbury’s special significance as part of Britain's National heritage and identity.  The Tor is a National Icon; the Abbey a...

  12. 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...

  13. Keynsham Clocktower

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    Keynsham Clocktower

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    Tower

    BRISTOL

    As well as being the centre piece of Keynsham’s renovated town centre, the clocktower is also a patchwork representation of the town’s history. Unvelied on the 19th September 2015 it features some of...

  14. Cheddar Gorge & Caves

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    Cheddar Gorge & Caves

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    Cave

    Cheddar

    Explore Britain’s biggest gorge, from the stunning stalactite caverns to the dramatic cliffs rising over 450ft. This world-famous site is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which reveals many...

  15. West Somerset Railway

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    West Somerset Railway

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    Family Fun

    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...

  16. Wild Wookey

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    Wild Wookey

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    Cave

    Wells

    Wild Wookey is the best and most innovative adventure caving experience in the country in the most famous and spectacular caves in the UK. Designed and created by highly experienced and qualified...

  17. Grand Pier

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    Grand Pier

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    Family Fun

    Weston-super-Mare

    The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare, is the ideal destination for non-stop indoor family theme park fun. This North Somerset pier, with its state-of-the-art Pavilion is a truly iconic destination for:...

  18. Kilver Court Gardens

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    Kilver Court Gardens

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    Garden

    Shepton Mallet

    The visionary design influences of Mulberry founder Roger Saul can now be seen coming to fruition at his Kilver Court gardens in Somerset. His unique planting schemes using colour and texture are...

  19. Keynsham

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    Keynsham

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    Sightseeing

    Keynsham, Bristol

    Keynsham – spelt K-E-Y-N-S-H-A-M.

    Of Course there’s much more to Keynsham than Horace Batchelor’s famous Radio Luxembourg adverts of the 1950s and 60’s.

    Nestled equidistant between the...

  20. The Bishop's Palace

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    The Bishop's Palace

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    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...

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