CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Somerset Life today CLICK HERE

Spotlight on Clevedon

PUBLISHED: 11:40 02 May 2017

Clevedon Pier (c) Jane Abrook

Clevedon Pier (c) Jane Abrook

SUB

Clare Gladstone takes a look at one of the jewels of North Somerset’s crown – the coastal town of Clevedon

Clevedon’s restored Grade I Listed Victorian Pier is one of the finest in the country and it is no wonder Sir John Betjemen declared it ‘The most beautiful pier in England’.

The 19th century pier is a marvellous feat of engineering as it stretches 850 feet out into the Severn Estuary. Visitors come from far and wide to marvel at the beauty of one of North Somerset’s most recognisable landmarks.

The Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust has been working to improve visitor facilities and to help cement the pier’s place in history. While structurally stunning and historically important, the pier lacked visitor facilities to allow it to generate the estimated £100,000 a year it would need to become self-sufficient.

But since the completion of the £2.2million visitor centre, with money raised through grants, special events and selling shares, the pier now has an educational room looking out to sea, as well as toilets, a tea room and a shop. The pier and the new Porthole Room can now be hired for functions, including weddings.

As well as the pier, Clevedon’s seafront offers the ideal place for a stroll along the promenade with its pebbled beach, marine lake, ornamental gardens and Victorian bandstand, as well as a light railway and mini-golf close by.

While you’re there...

Explore the beautiful terraced gardens of Clevedon Court and marvel at the display of Nailsea glass inside the medieval manor. Home to the lords of the manor of Clevedon for centuries the house now belongs to the Elton family and is looked after by the National Trust.

or spend an evening at...

Curzon Cinema & Arts: Clevedon’s historic cinema has been in continuous operation since 1912 and was saved by the local community in 1996. Independent and traditionally run, the Curzon shows a wide range of films including the National Theatre Live shows as well as hosting live comedy and music.

Did you know…?

The steel work of the legs and curved sections of Clevedon Pier is made from old railway lines. When the pier was being built, the type of lines used for railways was changing, meaning a lot of secondhand railway lines were available – perfect for the pier.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Somerset Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Somerset Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Somerset Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Friday, November 9, 2018

From playtime and past times to ephemeral and esoteric, Simone Stanbrook-Byrne looks at 30 reasons why we will forever love Exmoor

Read more
Friday, November 9, 2018

Military historian Richard Pursehouse reveals the significant connection between a Somerset centenarian and a famous Westminster grave

Read more
Friday, November 2, 2018

Simone Stanbrook-Byrne takes a look at The Macmillan Way, a long-distance path that was specifically set up to raise money for charity

Read more
Friday, November 2, 2018

What is it that makes Taunton unique? Here’s 10 of our favourite highlights

Read more
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

With landmarks steeped in history, coaching inns housing tragic tales and plenty of scary stories from around the region, its little wonder Somerset is full of haunted locations waiting to be explored. We’ve found 15 of the spookiest spots to visit if you dare!

Read more
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Simone Stanbrook-Byrne explores two villages on the Mendip Hills and the tranquil paths that link them

Read more
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Somerset’s county town has more than its fair share of good pubs, and a myriad of wonderful walking routes between them, as Laurence McJannet discovers

Read more
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

“Calor’s generosity means that we can give a new lease of life to our village hall.”

Read more
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

This month Andrea visits Ashcott

Read more
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Whatever the season, we love exploring Portishead!

Read more
Monday, October 1, 2018

Given to the people of Bath as a gift from a local benefactor 80 years ago, the tranquil Alice Park is thriving, as Chrissy Harris discovers

Read more
Friday, September 28, 2018

When a town can boast having three community orchards offering free fruit for all, you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. Laurence McJannet marches to Wellington for some culinary surprises

Read more
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

As the colder months draw in, and golden and red hues fill the trees, there’s nothing quite like gathering the family for a stroll through the countryside. Embrace the fresh air, wrap up warm and soak in the beauty of Somerset on these 10 autumn walks

Read more
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Steve Roberts traces the trials and tribulations behind the construction of a famous Bristol landmark

Read more
 
A+ South & South West

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

subscription ad


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search