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Located in England’s southwestern county of Somerset, Weston-super-Mare is a quintessential seaside resort that’s been popular since Victorian times. It’s just off the M5 motorway, and close to the cities of Bristol and Cardiff. The mild climate and miles of golden beach make it a favorite with families and sun worshippers, while lively bars and nightclubs attract groups of revelers. The scenic Mendip Hills are a 5-mile drive away.

Best time to travel

 

Weston has a temperate climate and is generally milder than the rest of the UK. There’s moderate rain throughout the year and the bay gets stiff sea breezes at times. July and August are the peak period, with families and tourists flocking to the various accommodations around town. November marks the beginning of the winter carnival circuit, which sees vibrant and illuminated processions of floats pass through various Somerset towns, including Weston-super-Mare.

Not to miss

 

The Grand Pier is Weston’s focal point, and is surrounded by winding streets with Victorian houses clustered around the headlands and behind the seafront. As well as Weston’s own stretch of sand, there are beaches at adjacent Brean Sands and Sand Bay. The town’s bars and clubs attract a lively crowd year-round, while Somerset’s illuminated wintertime carnival processions are among the world’s most renowned. The rugged beauty of the Mendip Hills is just 5 miles away, and Bristol and Wells are nearby cities that make for pleasant day trips.

 

Getting around

 

Weston-super-Mare is 3 miles off the M5 and less than 25 miles from the centre of Bristol. The train station is in the centre of town, a short walk from the seafront, and has direct connections to London, Bristol, Cardiff, and Exeter. The attractions in town are accessible by foot, but you will need to take a bus or drive to nearby beaches. Local buses connect to Somerset’s towns and villages, and there are coaches to several UK cities. The nearest airport is Bristol (BRS), and is located roughly 15 miles northeast.

 

Cuisine

 

Somerset is an agricultural county, so you can expect to be served fresh local produce in restaurants and cafés. Fish, seafood, meat, and fruit are of particular high quality, and the area is renowned for its world-famous cheddar cheese that hails from the nearby village of Cheddar. Many pubs and bars serve up traditional Somerset cider and offer regional ales. Grove Park Village, on the north side of Weston, is a pretty area that offers eclectic restaurants and cafés, while the seafront features plenty of spots to enjoy an afternoon cream tea.

 

Customs and etiquette

 

Weston is a lively and friendly town. You only need to tip in restaurants that offer table service, and 10 percent is the standard. Although you generally don’t tip in pubs, you may find a jar on the counter where you can deposit loose change in lieu of a gratuity, if you wish. Restaurants in Weston-super-Mare don’t have a dress code, and countryside pubs are welcoming to walkers in boots and muddy dogs.

 

Fast facts

 

  • Population: 76143
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  • Spoken languages: English
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  • Electrical: 220-240 volts, 50 Hz, plug type G
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  • Phone calling code: 0
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  • Emergency number: 999