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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. Puxton Park

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    Puxton Park

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    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...

  2. Fashion Museum Bath

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    Fashion Museum Bath

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    Museum

    Bennett Street, Bath

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

  3. West Somerset Railway

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    West Somerset Railway

    Type

    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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  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. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. Manor Road Community Woodland

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    Manor Road Community Woodland

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    Nature Trail

    BRISTOL

    This beautiful woodland on the outskirts of Keynsham is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll. As well as some beautifully atmospheric footpaths, all maintained by volunteers from the ‘Friend’s...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  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...

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