North Somerset’s top 5 historical sites
PUBLISHED: 08:30 26 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:08 27 March 2015
From Iron Age settlers to Victorian Gothic revivalists, North Somerset is jam-packed with history. There are places to visit all over the district, from manor houses to Medieval churches.
Here are five sites you can visit with your family and friends, with many including scenic walks and picturesque views.
The National Trust-run property tells the tale of the Gibbs family, who owned the Gothic Revival family home. The house was saved from falling into disrepair by contributions from volunteers and its rooms and chapel are available to view. It has the added bonus of 500 acres of woodland, parkland and gardens which can also be enjoyed by visitors.
Tickenham Road, Clevedon
Clevedon Court is an outstanding example of a 14th century manor house, complete with an 18th century garden. It was once the home to the lords of Clevedon, before it was purchased by Abraham Elton in 1709. Visitors can enjoy the display of Eltonware pottery and a fascinating collection of Nailsea glass.
It is the only Grade I listed pier in the UK which is still open to the public. It was opened in 1869 and survived until its collapse in 1970. It has now been refurbished thanks to Lottery funding and the work of dedicated volunteers.
The Old Church of St Nicholas
The church dates from around 1080 and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building. A trip up to the hill to view the church provides visitors with great views over the Roman bay.
On the hill overlooking Weston, there are the remains of an Iron Age hill fort. It was probably designed for defence but it has now been designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. See what remains of the site and imagine what it would have been like lying in wait for potential invaders.
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