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Weston-super-Mare Beach (Main) - Somerset

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Weston-super-Mare has everything you'd expect from an archetypal Victorian English seaside resort, including a pier, a promenade, donkey rides, fish and chips shops, amusements galore and a vast stretch of fine golden sand.

The main beach area lies south of The Grand Pier and during the summer season visitors flock here to sunbathe, build sandcastles and partake in all the traditional Great British seaside activities. The Uphill Sands section of the beach is partitioned off for kitesurfing and other watersports.

From the beach there are views across Weston Bay towards Wales, and south towards Exmoor.

The promenade, which runs along the 2-mile stretch between Royal Sands and Marine Lake has been significantly redeveloped in recent years and is perfect for strolling along or even cycling. Visitors who want to take in the views but don't fancy the walk can take the Weston Land Train, which runs from Royal Sands or from the Victoria Café to Knightstone Island.

The Bristol Channel has a tidal range of 14.5 metres, making it the second highest in the world. When the tide is in the water can come all the way up to the pier. At low tide a wide expanse of dangerous mudflats are exposed. Visitors must on no account attempt to reach the sea at low tide. If planning a dip in the sea here, despite the absence of any lifeguard, it is a good idea to check tide times in advance.

Dogs are not allowed on the section of beach between The Grand Pier and Royal Sands from the start of May until the end of September, but are welcome at other times of year.

The town of Weston-super-Mare itself, with all its amenities, is only a short walk. Here you will find numerous tourist attractions including a helicopter museum, an aquarium and a good variety of seaside rides and amusements.

Type of beach

Sandy

Lifeguard service

No

Dogs friendly beach?

Dog restrictions apply during the summer. There is a dog exercise area.

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Activities

  • Jet-skiing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing

Facilities

  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • First aid point
  • Lost child centre
  • Shop
  • Pub nearby
  • Deck chair hire
  • Slipway
  • Promenade
  • Pier

Nearest town

Weston super Mare

Postcode

BS23 1BE

OS grid ref.

ST 3169 6065

Water quality

Water quality star rating

Awards

Quality Coast Award