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Watchet Town in Somerset

Photograph of Watchet

Location

Watchet is a small coastal town in northwest Somerset. It currently has a population of about 4,500. It lies 15 miles west of Bridgwater and 15 miles northwest of Taunton. Its nearest neighbour is Minehead. Watchet lies at the mouth of the Washford River on Bridgwater Bay, part of the Bristol Channel, and on the edge of Exmoor National Park. The town was recorded in the 'Anglo-Saxon Chronicle' in the 10th century with reports of it being attacked and ravaged by the Danes in 987 and 997AD. The town's harbour is known to have been in use since that time and during the English Civil War the Royalist forces tried to send reinforcements for the siege of Dunster Castle via Watchet but the plan was unsuccessful. In the 19th century Watchet was a commercial centre exporting iron ore from the Brendon Hills, via The West Somerset Mineral Railway, as well as paper, flour and gypsum. Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' was written whilst travelling through Watchet and the surrounding area. The mines and West Somerset Mineral Railway closed in 1898 but have since reopened as a heritage railway and visitor attraction.

Tourist Information

The nearest source of local information is available from Watchet Tourist Information Point.

Events near Watchet

Tue, 23 (ca. 24 km)

Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert

Fri, 26 (ca. 24 km)

National Theatre Live: Young Marx

Sat, 27 (ca. 24 km)

The Met Opera: Tosca

Sat, 27 (ca. 24 km)

The Met Opera: Tosca

Fri, 2 Feb (ca. 6 km)

Grammy winner Amy Wadge in concert at Stogumber with Luke Jackson

Fri, 2 Feb (ca. 24 km)

Comedy Live at The McMillan with Rhys James

Thu, 8 Feb (ca. 24 km)

Ellie Taylor: This Guy

Sat, 10 Feb (ca. 24 km)

The Met Opera: L'Elisir d'Amore

Sun, 11 Feb (ca. 24 km)

Black Magic: The Little Mix Tribute Show!

Wed, 14 Feb (ca. 24 km)

RSC Live: Twelfth Night

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Dining out near Watchet

Local Accommodation

Cottages

Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Watchet, Dunster, Wiveliscombe and Minehead.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:

arrowWatchet

arrowDunster

arrowMinehead

arrowWiveliscombe

Hotels

Hotels

Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowDunster

	arrowWatchet

	arrowMinehead

	arrowWiveliscombe

Caravans

Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Blue Anchor, Bridgwater, Taunton and Minehead.

Nearby Attractions

Attractions

There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:

Watchet

	arrowBakelite Museum

	arrowCleeve Abbey

Dunster

	arrowDunster Castle

	arrowDunster Museum and Doll Collection

Dulverton

	arrowWimbleball Lake

	arrowExmoor Pony Centre

Minehead

	arrowRegal Theatre

	arrowWest Somerset Rural Life Museum

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