Becoming a desirable seaside destination by the Victorian period, Clevedon, which has been an inhabited area since the Iron Age, and is a popular living destination for professionals working in Bristol city centre. The resort is next to the vast Severn Estuary, which is known for its remarkable high tidal range and is named after the Severn, Britain's longest river.
Probably the main focal point of Clevedon, now protected with Grade I-Listed status, Clevedon Pier dates back to the mid Victorian period and is renowned for its striking Barlow rails. The 312-metre landmark, which was designed with hundreds of tonnes of wrought iron, overlooks a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a pleasant shingle beach, and benefited from a significant restoration in the late 20th Century. If you want to stay in Clevedon then at the heart of the town is the charming Best Western Walton Park Hotel, which has large rooms with free WiFi.
St. Andrew's Church
Another Grade I-Listed building, St. Andrew's Church was built between the 12th and 15th Centuries on the site of a former pre-Norman church. It's noted for being the burial site of the poet Arthur Hallam, who was a close friend of the poet Alfred Tennyson and passed away following a stroke at the age of just 22.
The home of Arthur Hallam's family, which was visited by Alfred Tennyson in 1850, Clevedon Court is a magnificent medieval Grade I-Listed manor house. It was remodelled in a Gothic Revival style in the 18th Century, and is known for its attractive landscaped gardens. Just nine miles from this house is the luxury DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bristol Cadbury House, which has three excellent restaurants and offers chic rooms with free WiFi and free bottled water.
Day Trip Ideas from Clevedon
Just a 20-minute drive from Clevedon is Weston-super-Mare, another popular seaside resort that also has an impressive pier and is home to the Helicopter Museum, an aquarium, and plenty of other family-themed attractions. Just half an hour away is Bristol city centre, where you can find many more fantastic exhibition galleries and explore the city's imposing medieval cathedral, thriving Harbourside, world-class shopping facilities, and a wide choice of hotels and guesthouses.