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 North Somerset Clevedon

This charming Victorian coastal resort dates back to the 11th century. 

Originally a hillside settlement, Clevedon's name derives from the Saxon 'cleve'. meaning cleft and 'don', meaning hill. 

Clevedon remained a small farming community until the 1820s, when the Elton family of Clevedon Court realised its potential as a select coastal resort. Families from nearby Bristol soon came here to enjoy the sea air. 

A new development of substantial middle-class housing spread out over the Hill, while the old village along the base grew to provide the town with domestic servants and commercial facilities. 

Clevedon has retained its fine Victorian architecture including its elegant pier. Completed in 1869, and now restored, the pier is one of the oldest in the country and considered to be a national monument. 

The MV Balmoral, a pleasure cruiser, and the Paddle Steamer Waverley, visit in the summer offering cruises along the Bristol Channel.

Clevedon's long seafront, stretching for about half a mile from the pier to Salthouse Fields, has many genteel attractions.  These include a Victorian bandstand, a tidal lake and ornamental gardens.  

A light railway takes visitors round the perimeter of Salthouse Fields, which still offers donkey rides at weekends

.Clevedon's shoreline is a mixture of pebbled beaches and low rocky cliffs.  In the mid-20th century the lack of sandy beaches meant that Clevedon lost its appeal for residential family holidays but the resort is still very popular with day-trippers.  

Today Clevedon is also a dormitory town for Bristol.  Set on and round seven hills, the town offers far-reaching views across the Severn Estuary to Wales.  On a clear day Lundy Island can be seen in the Bristol Channel. 

Poet's Walk, with its fine views of Clevedon and the Severn Estuary, is named after the many poets associated with Clevedon.  In 1795 the Romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, stayed here several months after his marriage to Sarah Fricker. 

William Makepeace Thackeray (author of Vanity Fair) was a frequent guest of the Elton family at Clevedon Court in the mid-19th century.  Alfred, Lord Tennyson, also stayed Clevedon Court in 1850.  In 1909 the young poet Rupert Brooke came to Clevedon to recover from an in illness. 

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Walton Park Hotel Wellington Terrace Clevedon BS21 7BL  MAP
The Walton Park occupies a stunning cliff top location, overlooking the Severn Estuary and Welsh Hills. Originally built in the late 19th century, the Walton Park has been sympathetically restored.


Highcliffe Hotel Wellington Terrace Clevedon BS21 7PU  MAP
Set just 5 minutes from junction 20 of the M5 motorway The Highcliffe hotel offers a perfect base for exploring Bristol, Bath and North Somerset.All our rooms are en-suite with some having a stunning view over the Bristol channel..


Holiday Cottages

The Milking Parlour Clevedon Tel: 0844 847 1200  MAP
This attractively converted property is set just 2 miles from the coastal resort of Clevedon's many amenities and offers an ideal base for exploring the Mendips. A craft centre, including a pottery and silversmiths, is next door and popular Weston…...
Sleeps 5 + 1 + cot

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Summerhayes Clevedon Tel: 0844 847 1200  MAP
This pretty single storey cottage, furnished with great flair, is in a secluded countryside setting just two miles from Clevedon, whose many attractions include sea angling, a newly restored Victorian pier, miniature railway, and sports centre…...
Sleeps 4 + cot

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Warrens Village Colehouse Lane Clevedon BS21 6TQ
With a great location for a fishing or outdoor activity holiday, Warrens Village is a family-run concern offering affordable self-catering accommodation in holiday chalets or overnight lodges.

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Towns near Clevedon To Visit - straight line distance:

Nailsea Tourist Information (4.55 miles) Congresbury Tourist Information (5.12 miles) Portishead Tourist Information (5.23 miles) Wraxall Tourist Information (5.70 miles)

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