Weston-super-Mare, also known as simply Weston, is the second largest town in Somerset after Bath. It is located directly across the Bristol Channel from Cardiff and it is an easy commute into Bristol.
Weston has been inhabited since the Iron Age and it remained a small village until the 19th century when it quickly developed into a popular seaside resort.
The town’s prominence as a 19th-century seaside resort has left a legacy of Victorian architecture and the early 20th century saw the construction of the Grand Pier and the Winter Gardens Pavilion in an attempt to encourage visitors to spend more time closer to the town centre.
Silica is a more recent addition to the town. This 26m- (85 ft)-tall modern public artwork resembles a tall parsnip and it contains a bus shelter at its base.
Tourist attractions in Weston-super-Mare include the Grand Pier, the Weston Museum and the Helicopter Museum.
Weston-super-Mare is on the railway line connecting Bristol with Taunton and it is only a half-hour train ride from Bristol Temple Meads with trains running every half hour or so.
Bus routes X1, X2 and X5 go to Bristol and bus 126 connects Weston with Cheddar and Wells.