Weston-super-Mare Tourist Attractions
The Grand Pier
The Pier at Birnbeck (opened in 1867) was a long way from the centre of town. Railway excursionists only went to the nearest beach, which was off the end of Regent Street. Ideas to build a pier here were announced in 1880 but various schemes fell through. In 1893 the idea got as far as an Act of Parliament. Ultimately, the scheme was passed and £200,000 subscribed, mainly from local and South Wales shareholders.
The pier, 1½ miles long, was intended to serve two purposes: for shipping at all tides at the far end and for entertainment near the shore. In the event it proved useless for sea-going traffic and revenue from that source never existed.
Of the two piers at Weston-super-Mare it is the more viable, despite the disappearance of trams and the virtual cessation of excursion trains and steamer traffic, because of its central position.
Visit the website: www.grandpierwsm.co.uk
Super beaches and so much more!
Weston-super-Mare is a great seaside resort with all the traditional seaside attractions, including the famous donkeys! The wide sweep of Weston Bay has miles of clean sandy beach, and a level promenade boasting superb views over the Channel and across to south Wales.
For a rainy day
Undercover attractions include the SeaQuarium, the North Somerset Museum and the world’s largest dedicated Helicopter Museum, not forgetting the spectacular new Grand Pier. Open 364 days a year, this is the ultimate indoor theme park offering world-class attractions, rides and entertainment, all in one weatherproof arena! There is also a wide variety of entertainment at the Playhouse Theatre and the Winter Gardens to suit all ages and an excellent selection of restaurants, cafés and bars.
Somerset Out and About
You will be amazed at the sheer number and diversity of attractions in Somerset and Weston-super-Mare is the ideal base from which to explore all that the county has to offer. From theme parks and historic attractions, to classic English houses and gardens and fascinating museums, it is a county of huge variety with lovely coastline and countryside to explore and Bristol, Bath and Wells are all within easy reach.
Due south of Weston-super-Mare are the Mendip Hills and Cheddar Gorge. On a clear day, the Mendips offer spectacular panoramic views while mellow, stone-walled villages dot the valleys and folds of the hills. A must-visit is Britain’s smallest city, Wells, with a wealth of historic interest and beautiful architecture.
All this and more are waiting to be discovered within the villages, towns, coast and countryside that gives Somerset its special character.