A seaside resort on the North Somerset coast, Weston-Super-Mare is somewhere that has attracted families for generations. Its unique location near the mouth of the River Severn makes it different from similar towns in terms of climate and atmosphere, but it’s no less fun a place to visit, especially with the kids in tow.
Aside from its famous beach, the town has more than its fair share of public parks, while it’s not too far away from the lush Somerset countryside. The town has become a destination for shoppers and culture vultures too, boasting one of the best theatres in the region, while its proximity to Bristol and Bath makes Weston-Super-Mare a good place to stay to explore the West Country.
Due to the narrow streets in the centre of Weston, a small car is the best possible thing to get around in, while it’s also useful for driving to the beach.
The town’s main landmark is the Grand Pier on Marine Parade. Rebuilt a few years ago, it has several amusement rides, arcade games and places to grab a plate of fish and chips if the mood takes you. It’s best to explore the Pier during the summer.
Near the pier is the Seaquarium, one of the most unique aquariums in the UK. With over 25 displays, it also has a tunnel through which you can see the sharks, stingrays and other species swimming around you from all angles.
Just a couple of miles south of the town is Brean Down, a small peninsula owned and maintained by the National Trust. It has a Victorian-era fort and steep cliffs, not to mention Brean Cove, one of the best parts of Weston Bay.
On the beach itself, there are so many designated areas for different activities. You can let the kids go on donkey rides, fly kites, ride kite buggies, small land yachts and even use kite boards. For the adults, jet-skiing and powerboat driving can be done from the Knightstone slipway.
Junction 21 of the M5, which goes north towards Bristol and south towards the rest of Somerset, is located near the edge of town.
Most of the centre of Weston is full of narrow roads which can be difficult to drive on. There is ample parking around those streets though.
The A370, which goes into the town centre, can be rammed during peak times in the summer. Avoid if possible between May and September.
Bristol Airport is located around seven miles east northeast of Weston. It serves a range of destinations across Europe as well as in the UK, being a hub for many low-cost airlines. It has one main terminal for passengers.
The airport can be accessed by the A38, which goes south towards Churchill. Then, go west on the A371, which will take you into Weston.