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Discover Watchet, a true English gem

Watchet is a delightful town in Somerset, tucked on the shores of the Bristol Channel between Exmoor and the Quantock Hills, around nine miles from Minehead. There's lots for everyone in Watchet whether you enjoy history - in which case, visit the town's two excellent museums, The Market House and the Boat Museum - or whether you prefer a nosey around the shops. You'll find plenty to tempt your wallet with a wander down Swain Street and The Esplanade. Don't miss the two statues on the harbour: The Ancient Mariner was put up in homage to Samuel Taylor Coleridge who wrote his famous poem Nearby, and the other represents former Watchet seafarer Yankee Jack.

Exploring Somerset

One of the best ways of seeing the surrounding countryside is to take a trip on the West Somerset Railway steam train, which has a station in Watchet. A few miles away, Tropiquara Zoo is a popular attraction with aquarium plus outdoor animals, or to sample a local speciality seek out Torre Cider Farm. Cleeve Abbey, also Nearby, is a remarkably intact Cistercian building, or for another slice from the more ancient past the beach at Watchet is also renowned for fossil hunting.

Take a hike in Exmoor and the Quantocks

Watchet is perfectly poised between some of England's prettiest countryside - Dunster Castle is spectacular and a good starting point for exploring Exmoor, or head to the Quantocks for more beautiful walks. Looking for accommodation Near Watchet? Travelodge Bridgwater M5 Hotel's great for travel links or try Travelodge Taunton Hotel.