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A harbour town at the mouth of the Washford River on Bridgwater Bay

UK | South West | Somerset | Watchet
By the harbour

Watchet’s ancient harbour, elegant esplanade and interesting independent businesses are a pleasure to explore.

This pretty town is located on the Somerset coast, nine miles east of Minehead. As you explore the centre of Watchet, you’ll discover a bustling marina, historic port and maze of narrow streets, lined with pretty cottages and shops. One of the town’s most popular attractions is its train station, which is a stop on the famous West Somerset Railway. From here, you can catch a traditional steam train and relax in a beautifully preserved carriage as miles of unspoilt countryside float by.

Every August, Watchet Festival attracts thousands of visitors for a weekend of music, featuring three stages and more than 50 acts from around the world. The event’s rural location has spectacular views of the Somerset coast. It’s also a family-friendly festival, with plenty of activities to keep children entertained.

For a glimpse into the area’s fascinating past, visit Watchet Market House Museum housed in a beautiful stone building which was built in the 1800s. There’s a wonderful collection of fossils and Viking artefacts, as well as a series of informative exhibits on the social and maritime history of the town.

Coast at Watchet

In and around Watchet, you’ll discover traditional tearooms, modern restaurants and cosy, old pubs. The White Horse Inn, located in nearby Washford, is a lovely place for a pint of ale and a good meal. Mains include homemade steak and ale pie in a rich I.P.A gravy, topped with a puff pastry lid. Another good option is The Pebbles Tavern, in the heart of Watchet, which offers an award-winning selection of ciders and ales from Somerset and its surrounding counties. For a light lunch or cream tea, try the ever-popular Hellikers Tearooms. Alternatively, try the Harbour Fish Bar, a much-loved takeaway, right at the water’s edge.

“Watchet’s ancient harbour, elegant esplanade and interesting independent businesses are a pleasure to explore.”

Watchet is perfectly positioned for exploring southwest England. Just up the road is Minehead, a charming seaside town with a nice, sandy beach and wealth of old-fashioned amusements. Also nearby is Exmoor, a wild region of ancient woodland, rugged coast and high, windswept moorland. This enchanting land is crisscrossed by walking paths which you can follow for miles without seeing another soul. From Watchet, you can easily access the road which follows the spectacular Exmoor coast, offering spectacular sea views.

While you’re there

Tropiquaria Animals & Adventure

Tropiquaria Animal and Adventure Park is a great day out for adults and children of all ages.

Lilstock Beach

Lilstock beach is a small stretch of sand, mud and loose rock found after a short walk down a footpath from the village of Lilstock.

Kilve Beach

Explore rockpools and hunt for fossils at Kilve Beach.

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