Somerset Coast Tourist Information

Watchet Bay Lighthouse

Watchet Bay Lighthouse

The Somerset Coast is a family favourite, home to the popular seaside resort of Weston super Mare with its fantastic Grand Pier and endless golden sands. One of England’s celebrated Butlins family resorts is at Minehead along with a pretty bay, floral adorned parade and a wealth of seaside attractions. Pick up the West Somerset Railway from Minehead which runs south through the Quantocks. Along the coast sit spectacular sand dune nature reserves around Brean and more golden sandy beaches at Burnham on Sea. Literary fans won’t want to miss a visit to pretty Watchet Bay which borders the Quantocks – the bay inspired Samuel Taylor Coleridge to write his most famous poem, ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’.

Clevedon on the Somerset Coast

Clevedon on the Somerset Coast

Things to do & see

Packed with fun holiday parks, seaside piers, golden sands and family attractions ranging from aquariums to indoor and outdoor water parks, the Somerset coast offers summer seaside fun galore. This is an all year round, varied coastline too dotted with nature reserves and sand dunes. The 630 mile long South West Coast Path also begins at Minehead, pushing west along the spectacular Exmoor coast.

Weston-super-Mare Beach & Pier

Weston-super-Mare Beach & Pier

Bustling seaside resort Weston-super-Mare only 18 miles south of Bristol is perfect for family seaside holidays. Weston’s Grand Pier is the ultimate 21st century pier packed with fairground style rides and attractions, simulators, a 4D cinema and Britain’s smallest rollercoaster!

If you like your seaside resorts sedate and classic, the Somerset Coast has these aplenty. Take a break in Clevedon along the Bristol Channel Coast. This resort has a Victorian flavour with pretty gardens, a vintage pier and views of the Severn Estuary. You’ll also find great watersports on Clevedon’s Marine Lake.

Beautiful harbour town Watchet has links to the poet Coleridge who took much inspiration from the area. Wordsworth and Defoe were also famous visitors to the bay. Watchet makes the perfect relaxing weekend break or holiday, ideal for exploring the Quantocks and Exmoor.

Getting here

Accessible to national and international visitors, the Somerset Coast sits close to Bristol Airport. Popular seaside resorts like Weston-super-Mare are mere minutes off the M5 motorway, Junctions 21 and 22. Railway stations are at Weston-super-Mare and Minehead.

Where to stay

Whether you are on the lookout for a family friendly holiday park with all inclusive leisure facilities and entertainment, an award-winning seaside B&B or a coastal cottage retreat on the edge of Exmoor, you will find them all here on the Somerset Coast. Fantastic seafront holiday flats and apartments come at a great value price or opt for a 17th century period B&B near the sand dune nature reserves of Brean. Book online or direct with iknow.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.