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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. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. National Trust - Dunster Castle

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    National Trust - Dunster Castle

    Type

    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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. Escape Rooms at Cheddar

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    Escape Rooms at Cheddar

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    Family Fun

    Cheddar

    Escape Rooms at Cheddar

    Cheddar Gorge & Caves have two Cheddar-themed escape rooms that will test your brain power as you race against the clock to try and escape. So what do you think, are you...

  13. 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...

  14. The Cleve Spa

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    The Cleve Spa

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    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...

  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. 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:...

  17. Fleet Air Arm Museum

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    Fleet Air Arm Museum

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    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. Hestercombe Gardens

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    Hestercombe Gardens

    Type

    Garden

    Cheddon Fitzpaine, Nr Taunton


    Discover 300 years of garden design in one inspiring estate.  Wander along the lakeside paths of the Georgian Landscape Garden, admire the views from the Victorian Terrace and see the stunning...

  19. Classic View

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    Roman Baths

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    Historic Site

    Bath

    On the site of Britain’s only hot spring, the Romans built a magnificent temple and bathing complex, which still flows with natural hot water today. Come and explore the spectacular Roman Baths, at...

  20. 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...

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