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Tourism

North Somerset is home to the seaside resort Weston-super-Mare, coastal towns Clevedon and Portishead and miles of glorious countryside and spectacular coastline. We welcome more than 6.5million visitors to our district each year.

Accommodation

We can give you information about:

  • bed and breakfast
  • caravan and camping sites
  • cottages
  • guest houses
  • hotels
  • self-catering establishments

For more information about holiday accommodation across the district visit the Visit Somerset website or contact our tourist information centre.

Attractions, activities and day-trips

No matter how long you're planning on staying here, there are a good selection of attractions for all ages and a wide range of leisure activities and events to enjoy throughout the year. The district is an ideal destination for day-trips, short breaks or longer holidays, whether you're looking for a relaxing weekend in the countryside or a traditional seaside holiday. We are also close to the cities of Bristol, Bath and Wells and the delights of Somerset are all on our doorstep. For more information about attractions in the area:

If you're visiting the Mendip Hills AONB have a look at the Greentraveller Guide website.

Economic impact of tourism and visitor numbers

For more information about tourism and its impact on North Somerset download our:

Filming in North Somerset

We attract a wide variety of filming from nature programmes to drama series to reality TV. We recognise the economic benefits of film crews using the area and wherever possible encourage them to use local businesses and support the local economy (for example, accommodation providers, catering supplies, builders' merchants, security services, restaurants, cafes and car parks).  We also hope to benefit from the growing market for 'film tourism'.
Find out more on the in north somerset website.

Tourist information centres

Our centres provide a comprehensive information service to residents and visitors on places to visit, things to do and where to stay. For more information read our tourist information centre FAQs.

Two hundred years of tourism

Weston-super-Mare celebrated 200 years as a tourism destination in 2010. Weston-super-Mare’s first hotel, The Royal Hotel, opened its doors to visitors in May 1810 with visitors coming from Bath and Bristol and tourism was born in what had been a small fishing village on the Bristol Channel. Throughout the 20th century Weston was a popular seaside resort for family holidays, drawing generations of loyal visitors to its glorious sandy beaches, and 2010 saw the dawn of a new era for tourism in the town. New seating, lighting and surfacing and public artworks transformed the seafront and the new Grand Pier opened. Download our interesting facts about Weston-super-Mare (pdf).