Location

Weston‐super‐Mare is a seaside resort town in North Somerset, England, located on the Bristol Channel coast, 29km south west of Bristol. Its mainly flat landscape is dominated by Worlebury Hill to the north, and Bleadon Hill which, together with Brean Down at Uphill, forms its southern border. The beach lies on the western edge of the town. The upper part is sandy but the sea retreats a long way with the tide exposing mud flats (hence the colloquial name of Weston‐super‐Mud!). The tidal range in this part of the Bristol Channel is expansive, the second highest in the world. Consequently it is only at the part of the tide cycle where high tide is in the early morning and late afternoon that the sea approaches the seafront.

The 19th century saw Weston grow from a tiny village of about 100 inhabitants to a thriving Victorian seaside resort of nearly 20,000 people and now a population of over 70,00. Large areas of the town were destroyed during the Second World War, and with the advent of cheap air travel in the 1960s, Weston’s popularity as a seaside destination began to wane. In recent years, the town has undergone considerable redevelopment with the rebuilding of The Grand Pier and Knightstone Island.

The Wonders of Weston public art programme is dispersed across the town. A number of the works have been sited on or within existing features of the seafront such as the former Model Yacht Pond, the Winter Gardens Pavilion, a shelter on Marine Parade and Madeira Cove. Whilst others are dispersed across the town or will move from one place to another, such as raumlaborberlin’s mobile pavilion or Wrights & Sites dispersed series of 41 signs.

Download a map to the Wonders of Weston here.

 

Travelling to Weston-super-Mare

By train

Trains from London Paddington to Weston-super-Mare take approximately 2hrs and 15mins and usually require one change either at Bristol Parkway or Bristol Temple Meads. To arrive in Weston by 15.00, take the 12.45 from London Paddington and change at Bristol Parkway. The final direct train back to London is the 22.01 arriving at 00.32. For further details from other stations, please contact National Rail Enquiries at www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 08457 48 49 50.

By bus

'First' operates a network of regular local bus routes around Weston-super-Mare town from nearby towns and villages. For route maps and timetables visit www.firstgroup.com/ukbus.

Parking

There are a number of long stay car parks located in the town centre. For more information on individual car parks, please see North Somerset Council's website: www.n-somerset.gov.uk/Transport/Parking+and+access/Car+parks/

 

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