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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 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...

  2. 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...

  3. Keynsham Clocktower

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    Keynsham Clocktower

    Type

    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...

  4. 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:...

  5. Brean Splash

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    Brean Splash

    Type

    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...

  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. National Trust -The Garden at Dunster Castle

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    National Trust -The Garden at Dunster Castle

    Type

    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...

  8. Kilver Court Gardens

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    Kilver Court Gardens

    Type

    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...

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

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    National Trust -Watermill Tea-room at Dunster Castle

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    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...

  10. Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

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    Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

    Type

    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,...

  11. 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...

  12. National Trust -The shop at Dunster Castle

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    National Trust -The shop at Dunster Castle

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    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...

  13. 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...

  14. Brean Theme Park

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    Brean Theme Park

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    Theme Park / Waterpark

    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...

  15. Brean Play

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    Brean Play

    Type

    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...

  16. Brean Leisure Park

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    Brean Leisure Park

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    Adventure Park/Playground

    Brean Sands, Brean, Nr Burnham On Sea

    Brean Leisure Park in Somerset, is the perfect day out destination for all the Family! Brean Leisure Park boasts many facilities including The Home of CITV’s Sooty ‘Brean Theme Park’, Brean Splash...

  17. Fleet Air Arm Museum

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    Fleet Air Arm Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Ilchester

    The all-weather attraction that is a great day out guaranteed to thrill all the family!

    Get up close to some of the most powerful and interesting naval aircraft to have taken to the skies at the...

  18. Glastonbury Tor at sunset

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    Glastonbury

    Type

    Sightseeing

    9 High 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...

  19. Wells

    Wells

    Wells

    The historic city of Wells is the smallest city in England, lying nestled at the foot of the rolling Mendip Hills. This hidden gem, though compact in size, is home to one of the finest concentrations...

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