7 Wonders of Somerset

Victorian Iron Pier

Victorian Iron Pier - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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.

The Grand Pier at night.

The Grand Pier at night. - Credit: Archant

The Grand Pier

 

Since 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 old and young alike, from thrilling rides including go-karts and a ghost train to relaxing tea rooms and a bar.


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Sand sculptures on Weston beach.

Sand sculptures on Weston beach. - Credit: Archant

Weston Sand Sculpture Festival

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Open 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.

 

Sunset over Clevedon.

Sunset over Clevedon. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Clevedon Pier

 

Quite the opposite to Weston’s pier, this Victorian Grade I-listed structure is a real legacy of the industrial revolution.

Despite undergoing construction work it is still open to the public, with the new facilities set to house a new cafe and restaurant, educational facilities and an ice cream parlour.

 

Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Gorge - Credit: Archant

Cheddar Gorge

 

This stunning landscape, formed by melting ice 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.

 

Axbridge Square

Axbridge Square - Credit: Archant

Axbridge Medieval Square

 

Set in the charming town of Axbridge near the foot of the Mendip Hills, the 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 and pubs to enjoy.

 

‘Ashton Court Mansion, Bristol’ © Anguskirk, Flickr

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

Ashton Court Estate

 

This beautiful 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.

 

Helicopter Museum

Helicopter Museum - Credit: Archant

International Helicopter Museum

 

Located 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 America and Eastern Europe.

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