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Watchet is a friendly, vibrant harbour town on the West Somerset coast.

The town looks out across the Bristol Channel with views along the unspoilt coast and across to Wales. It is set against the green backdrop of Exmoor National Park and the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is an excellent centre for exploring both. The cliffs and shoreline either side of Watchet Harbour offer fascinating geological interest, fossils can be readily found.

The town has been a busy sea port for more than 1000 years. Two museums, Watchet Market House Museum and Watchet Boat Museum provide insights into the town’s maritime heritage.  Steam trains, on the restored West Somerset Railway can be boarded from Watchet station.

An attractive pleasure marina now fills the ancient harbour. The town’s other attractions include art galleries, local craft shops, a weekly market, restaurants and prize-winning real ale and cider pubs.

Top Highlights

  • Maritime heritage museums and walks
  • Steam railway
  • Fossil finding
  • Art and craft
  • A friendly, welcoming community

Local Events

  • Watchet Wheelbarrow race – May
  • Watchet Carnival - July
  • Watchet Summertime week- family fun and fireworks – August
  • Watchet Live Music Festival – August
  • Queen Caturn’s Night - November

Tourist Information

Watchet Tourist Office, 8 The Esplanade, Watchet TA23 0AJ

Open 10.30 – 4.30 daily, Easter to September

Information also available from Watchet Town Council,

01984 633344

Watchet Guide download

Click here to download the Watchet Town Guide. PDF 553kb.


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