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The idyllic seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare is close to Bristol, Wells and Bath. This popular British holiday resort caters for all ages and has attractions to suit the whole family, from babies to great-grandparents. Here are ten ideas for places to visit  during a holiday in Weston-super-Mare. Some are right in the centre of town, whereas others are a short drive away, but well worth a visit.

1. The Grand Pier

After Weston-super-Mare’s 100-year-old pier burned to the ground in 2008, the Grand Pier was rebuilt at a cost of £34 million and opened in 2012. The result is an amazingly modern pier, with state of the art games and rides including go karting, laser mazes and even a 4D cinema. It’s certainly is worth a visit.

The Grand Pier

The Grand Pier

 

2. Weston-super-Mare Museum

Weston-super-Mare’s local museum offers history, archaeology and art – with galleries such as the seaside holiday gallery which is a speciality of the museum. Kids will love the quizzes, games and competitions set out around the museum, while adults will learn lots of interesting facts about their holiday destination.

Weston-super-Mare Museum

Weston-super-Mare Museum

 

3. The Beach

You can’t visit Weston-super-Mare without a trip to the beach. Weston is well known for its naturally formed beach which stretches for miles and has won many awards over the years for its cleanliness and water quality. Each October, the beach undergoes a massive transformation – from a beach into a race track! Hundreds of thousands of visitors flood in to watch motorbikes, sidecars and quad bikes race around the track at the world famous Weston Beach Race.

Weston-super-Mare Beach

Weston-super-Mare Beach

 

4. Weston SeaQuarium

Situated on Weston-super-Mare beach, with panoramic views across the estuary of Wales, Weston’s very own aquarium hosts over 25 displays of sharks, rays and other sea creatures. Visitors of all ages will love getting up close with the sea life by walking through the underwater tunnel and you can get even closer to the animals during interactive displays where visitors are be able to pet, feed and nurse some of the sea creatures.

Weston SeaQuarium

Weston SeaQuarium

 

5. The Sand Sculptures Festival

From May through to September, world renowned sand artists take over sections of the beach at Weston-super-Mare and entertain passersby with their quirky and impressive sculptures which are chiseled out of  sand. Well worth a look!

Sand Sculpture

Sand Sculpture

 

6. The Weston Wheel

Located right on Weston sea front, this 40 metre high observation wheel has 30 pods which provide panoramic views of the surrounding area. You can even see as far as Cardiff on a clear day. The wheel is a must-see for visitors, and enjoyable for both adults and children.

Weston Wheel

Weston Wheel

 

7. Weston  Miniature Railway

This miniature railway operates on 7 1/4 inch rails and has a half mile long track for gentle rides along the Beach Lawns. Kids can also drive their own train! As well as the ride on railway, there’s an excellent 18 hole putting green to enjoy.

Weston Miniature Railway

Weston Miniature Railway

 

8. Puxton Park


Set in the countryside, just a few miles from Weston-super-Mare, Puxton Park provides ‘fun, food and farming’ for people of all ages. While kids can enjoy the play barn and petting zoo, adults can watch spectacular falconry displays, play crazy golf and check out the local produce in the farm shop.

Puxton Park Farm Shop and Restaurant

Puxton Park Farm Shop and Restaurant

 

9. Bristol Zoo

Only a 30 minute car journey from Weston-super-Mare is the award winning Bristol Zoo. With over 400 species spread out around the spectacular 12 acre gardens and 9 undercover animal houses, you’ll be sure to enjoy your visit whatever the weather. The 12 animatronic dinosaurs located around the zoo also offer a new experience for all the family.

A Hippo at Bristol Zoo

A Hippo at Bristol Zoo

10. Cheddar Gorge

Half an hour inland from Weston-super-Mare lies the breathtaking splendour of Cheddar Gorge. Your day here would consist of exploring Britain’s most spectacular caves, a stunning cliff top gorge walk and venturing up the lookout tower. A guaranteed great day out for both adults and children.

 

Cheddar Gorge Waterfall

Cheddar Gorge Waterfall

 

Shearings Holidays offer coach holidays to Weston-super-Mare from local pick up points across England and Wales. These holidays include accommodation at the Grand Atlantic Hotel in Weston-super-Mare, which is also available for short breaks by car. Travelling by car gives you the freedom to choose where you want to go and when, although our coach holidays also include several excursions, as well as optional extra excursions for those that wish to see more.

Photo credits: Chris Talbot, John Driscoll, Mike White Ian S, Eugene Birchall

  2 Responses to “10 Places to Visit on Holiday in Weston-super-Mare”

  1. Hello,
    I own a new(ish) tourist attraction in the Weston area… “The North Somerset Butterfly House”. We are a relatively unknown attraction, yet rank 16th out of 264 attraction in Somerset on TripAdvisor. Would it be possible to add the Butterfly House to your list of “things to do” near Weston?

    Regards,
    Pete Dawson

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