History of Weston-super-Mare
While the history of Weston-super-Mare can be traced back as far as the Iron Age, it was not until Victorian times that it became the thriving seaside town we know today. The 19th century saw a huge period of growth for Weston, with Victorians flocking here to take advantage of the ‘magical healing powers’ of its saltwater. Weston became the place to go to escape the smog-filled cities for one week of the year and the town capitalised on this new leisure industry.
The first hotel opened here in 1810, with the well-known Howe’s Baths spa opening 10 years later on Knightstone Island. Weston’s famous but now derelict Birnbeck Pier, known as the ‘Old Pier’ opened in 1867, while the Grand Pier opened in 1904. In July 2008, the Grand Pier was hit by a huge fire but thanks to a multi-million-pound investment, it is now back at the heart of the town. Aside from leisure and tourism, Weston Super Mare is also known for brickmaking and pottery.
Location and Travel
The North Somerset seaside town of Weston-super-Mare lies 20 miles south-west of Bristol. The town has its own railway station, in Station Approach, close to the town centre and a 10-minute walk from the seafront. Direct trains are available to London, Bristol Temple Meads, Taunton and Cardiff. Two other railway stations are at Weston Milton and Worle.
Travelling by road, Weston is just a short distance off junction 21 of the M5 Motorway, while First West of England bus services are available to nearby towns, as well as Bristol Airport, which is 15 miles from the town.
Weston-super-Mare High Street is easily accessed from the seafront and boasts a mix of independent retailers and well-known names. The Sovereign Shopping Centre, in High Street, is home to the likes of Waterstones, Wilkos and Burger King, while away from the High Street, you’ll find Orchard Meadows, which is one of several independent shopping and entertainment districts. Rides, arcade games, and traditional pleasure-pier activities are on offer at The Grand Pier, on Weston’s seafront.
Weston’s Helicopter Museum, in Locking Moor Road, is home to more than 80 aircraft, while The Tropicana, in Marine Parade, is a popular venue offering live music, theatre, comedy and funfairs. The Playhouse, in High Street, is a 664-seater theatre which hosts shows all year round, while film lovers can head to Odeon cinema, in The Centre.
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