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Watchet Town in Somerset

Photograph of Watchet


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

Fri, 23 Mar (ca. 24 km)

Solid Gold 70s Show

Sat, 24 Mar (ca. 24 km)

National Theatre Live: Julius Caesar

Sat, 24 Mar - Mon, 02 Apr (ca. 19 km)

Easter Activities at The Walled Gardens, Cannington

Tue, 27 Mar (ca. 24 km)

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs? with Dr. Ben Garrod

Wed, 28 Mar (ca. 24 km)

Somerset County Youth Concert Band Easter Concert

Tue, 3 Apr (ca. 24 km)

The Met Opera: Cosi fan tutte

Sat, 7 Apr (ca. 24 km)

Back To Bacharach

Wed, 11 Apr (ca. 24 km)

RSC Live: Macbeth

Sat, 14 Apr (ca. 24 km)

The Met Opera: Luisa Miller

Sun, 15 Apr (ca. 24 km)

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass

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Dining out near Watchet

Local Accommodation


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:







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






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


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


	arrowBakelite Museum

	arrowCleeve Abbey


	arrowDunster Castle

	arrowDunster Museum and Doll Collection


	arrowWimbleball Lake

	arrowExmoor Pony Centre


	arrowRegal Theatre

	arrowWest Somerset Rural Life Museum




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