The Seven Wonders of Somerset

The Grand Pier at night.

The Grand Pier at night. - Credit: Archant

We’ve rounded up some of the most beautiful natural landscapes and man-made structures to bring you the seven wonders of Somerset and North Somerset.

Sand sculptures on Weston beach.

Sand sculptures on Weston beach. - Credit: Archant

The Grand PierSince the devastating fire in 2008, the pier has reinvented itself as an indoor theme park offering rides and attractions for all the family. There is something for young and old alike, from thrilling rides including go-karts and a ghost train to relaxing tea rooms and a bar.

Weston Sand SculpturesOpen until September 27, this fantastic exhibition showcases the talents of 15 world class sculptors who have created a nostalgic look at the past 10 years of the festival. As well as looking at the superb designs visitors also have the chance to witness them being created and receive a guided tour.

Clevedon PierQuite the opposite to Weston Pier, this Victorian Grade I-listed structure is a legacy of the industrial revolution.

Currently undergoing construction work, the site will soon house a quality café and educational facilities as well as an ice cream parlour at the end of the pier.

Cheddar GorgeThis stunning landscape, formed by melting glaciers during the last Ice Age, will take your breath away with its incredible views and great walks.As well as the natural beauty of the area there are also plenty of shops, cafes and tea rooms to explore as well as the chance to delve down into the famous Cheddar caves.

Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Gorge - Credit: Archant

Axbridge Medieval SquareSet in the charming town of Axbridge near the foot of the Mendip Hills, this square offers half-timbered buildings, the historical St John the Baptist Church and St John’s Hunting Lodge. There are also a number of specialist shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants to enjoy.

Ashton Court Estate

This beautiful Georgian mansion sits within 860 acres of grade II-listed parkland. Step inside to explore the grandeur and extravagance of its previous owners and take a relaxing walk through the surrounding woodland, meadows and deer parks.

International Helicopter MuseumLocated on the outskirts of Weston is the world’s largest dedicated helicopter museum. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, it is home to some of the most famous helicopters in the world from Britain to American and Easter European.

Axbridge Square

Axbridge Square - Credit: Archant

‘Ashton Court Mansion, Bristol’ © Anguskirk, Flickr

‘Ashton Court Mansion, Bristol’ © Anguskirk, Flickr - Credit: Archant

Helicopter Museum

Helicopter Museum - Credit: Archant


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