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A vibrant market town at the foot of the Quantock Hills

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Bridgwater Quay

This bustling market town is set in the heart of Somerset’s glorious countryside at the foot of the Quantock Hills. Its location in the West Country offers easy transport links and provides a great base to explore the region.

This lively town has a rich history and is most well-known for its spectacular carnival. Bridgwater Carnival is the largest illuminated procession in Europe and draws crowds from across the country each year. Each year the carnival is bigger and better and hosts a weekend of events in November from street entertainment to the Grand Firework Display to start the celebrations.

For heritage lovers, the town is filled with interesting places to visit. The Blake Museum is a top spot for learning the town’s history and is set in a 16th century house in the heart of Bridgwater. Opened in 1926 by Robert Blake, said to be the town’s most famous citizen, this museum is home to a variety of collections and exhibits from the region’s archaeological and historic past. Another spot to learn of the area’s local industry is the Brick and Tile Museum, located on East Quay. At the heart of the museum, you’ll see the only remaining tile kiln which was last fired in 1965 and impressive features on how this method of industry shaped the architecture of Bridgwater and other Somerset towns.

The Bridgwater and Taunton Canal

For people looking to enjoy an active break, Bridgwater is close to a plentiful selection of walking routes and trails. Close by you’ll also find the Quantock Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty bursting with nature and spectacular landscapes. The town is also a short drive from the Somerset coastline with a diverse range of locations to discover. Kilve beach is great for fossil hunting and exploring the shoreline’s geological past but for sandy stretches, head along the coast to Brean or Minehead and soak up the sunshine and salty sea air.

Visitors to the town can also enjoy wander the vibrant shopping areas which host a range of well-known retailers and independent shops. There are also plenty of restaurants, cafés and pubs to enjoy a tasty meal.

“A vibrant market town packed with history…”

A little further afield, the town’s great transport links give you the chance to explore nearby locations with ease. Just a short drive away, you’ll find Somerset’s county town of Taunton which offers a lively shopping experience, lots of eateries and entertainment options. A stay in the town also gives you a great base to explore the South West cities of Bristol and Bath, which both offer a great day out and plenty of attractions to discover.

While you’re there

Quantock Hills AONB

Walk the miles of trails scattered throughout spectacular natural landscapes.

The Blake Museum

Learn the history of Bridgwater in this charming 16th century setting.

Bridgwater Carnival

Visit this annual celebration and enjoy Europe’s largest illuminated procession.

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