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Weston-Super-Mare - Somerset - An English Seaside Resort

Weston-Super-Mare - Somerset - attracts many visitors throughout the year.
Reaching the sea at low tide involves a walk of more than one mile, but Weston-Super-Mare's sandy beach more than compensates for the mud and shingle shoreline which runs up the coast to the Severn Bridge.
Flanked by Brean Down and the wooded ridge of Worlebury Hill, which was fortified during the Iron Age, Weston Bay also provides safe swimming at high water, except at its southern edge, where there are strong currents at the mouth of the River Axe.
Like many other resorts, Weston was little more than a fishing village until the seaside was discovered at the end of the eighteenth century.
It expanded quickly after 1841, when the railway arrived, and emphasized its holiday town status by building two piers between 1867 and 1904.
Both have survived, adding a dash of Victorian and Edwardian character to the atmosphere of a lively, modern resort.
As well as the piers and a full range of seaside attractions, Weston has a museum, an art gallery, and an aquarium.
There are two markets on Sunday, a fair in June and a carnival in July.
There are riding stables, boat trips and motor boats for hire, as well as fishing trips and fishing from the shore.
Also, there are now facilities for water skiing and sailing.
There are also traditional seaside pastimes such as donkey rides and amusement arcades.
Accommodation can be had in various forms, from camping and bed and breakfast alongside more luxurious hotels and resorts.
Weston super mare is conveniently located close to some of the UK's western cities and towns such as Bristol and Cardiff.
Trains run to London Paddington as well as Birmingham, Wales, and more northern towns.
The Bristol international airport is located just ten miles away, and has flights to many European destinations.

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