Visit Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Weston-super-mare, Somerset. Easily the county's largest seaside resort, it is also the biggest town on the West Country's north coast and the second biggest in Somerset. Though few resorts have grown so quickly — population under 100 in 1800, about 19,000 in 1900, today roughly 70,000 — it is to some extent planned, with splendidly wide sea-front roads, pavements and gardens. At low tide the sea retreats far, exposing mud, but this, it is said, gives off the ozone which is claimed to make its air so salubrious.
Its Church of All Saints, just East of Grove Park, is an outstanding example of its period. It was built 1898—1902 by G. F. Bodley, with later additions by F. C. Eden. At the north end of the town, where there are earthworks and nice woodland walks.
About 3 miles North North East, is Woodspring Priory founded in 1210 by William Courtenay, grandson of one of Thomas a Becket's murderers. An extremely attractive group of 15th-century (or in some cases perhaps 14th-century) buildings remain — church, chantry, court-room and barn — recently acquired by the National Trust after long use as part of a farm.
Two miles South, Uphill, the ruined Norman Church of St Nicholas has been roofless since 1864, and was replaced because it was inconvenient to get to. It stands on the last western hillock of the Mendips, overlooking the mouth of the River Axe where, it is thought, Phoenicians traded, Romans had a port, and, if you like, that Joseph of Arimathea arrived from Palestine. It is worth the climb.
The tiny islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holme are, respectively, about 6 and 5 miles offshore. There are regular motor-boat trips to the former, which has a lighthouse and an occasionally occupied farm-house. The latter, more barren and rocky but growing rare plants is leased to naturalists and archaeological societies.
Nearby cities: Bristol, Wells
Nearby towns: Burnham-on-Sea, Clevedon, Highbridge
Nearby villages: Axbridge, Badgworth, Banwell, Berrow, Bleadon, Brean, Brent Knoll, Burrington, Chapel Allerton, Cheddar, Chelvey, Clapton-in-Gordano, Congresbury, Draycott, Grangetown, Huntspill, Hutton, Kenn, Kewstoke, Kingston Seymour, Langford, Locking, Loxton, Lympsham, Mark, Nailsea, Portishead, Puxton, Rooks Bridge, Sandford, Shipham, Sidcot, Walton-in-Gordano, Weare, Wedmore, Weston-in-Gordano, Wick St. Lawrence, Worle, Wrington, Yatton
Have you decided to visit Weston-super-Mare or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Weston-super-Mare bed and breakfast (a Weston-super-Mare B&B or Weston-super-Mare b and b)
- a Weston-super-Mare guesthouse
- a Weston-super-Mare hotel (or motel)
- a Weston-super-Mare self-catering establishment, or
- other Weston-super-Mare accommodation