Find and book the perfect b&b or holiday cottage in Burnham-on-Sea
Visit Burnham-on-Sea: the seaside town with miles of history!
Burnham-on-Sea has everything you need for a well-rounded, fantastic seaside holiday. From water parks to sand artists, horse-riding down the beach, long coastal walks, and more, Burnham-on-Sea really is the traditional English seaside town. The town was first established by Roman settlers, who inhabited the sand dunes behind the River Parrett, but it became notable as a fishing village hundreds of years later. Visitors can even still see the iconic Low Lighthouse which was built during the 18th century. Whether you're looking to walk along the length of the coastline or spend your day at the various theme and leisure parks, you'll find the best holiday rentals in Somerset right here to suit your needs.
Best Time to Visit Burnham-on-Sea
The ideal weather for a beach holiday in Burnham-on-Sea is between June and September, when the weather is beautifully warm, but the sea breeze keeps everything from feeling too stifling. The weather is almost never particularly humid, which means during the latter part of autumn (mid-October to November) and throughout winter (December to March) it can feel quite cold, with some chances of rain, but staying inside a quaint B&B holiday rental with a cosy fire, looking out through the frosty windows at the sea can still be a very good holiday.
How to Get to Burnham-on-Sea
Burnham-on-Sea is helpfully located right on the M5, which links the Midlands and the South West all the way from Junction 8 at West Bromwich near Birmingham, right down the length of the country to Exeter in Devon. If you're travelling down from the north of England, then find your way to the M1, and follow it all the way down until it merges with the M5, before getting off at Junction 22. From further afield and on into Scotland, the M6 is your best bet, before again merging with the M5. There isn't a train station actually in Burnham-on-Sea, but the nearest station at Weston-super-Mare is a very scenic 30-minute taxi ride away, or an hour on the bus. The easiest way to get here, given its status as right on the south west coast, is to get a direct train to London or Bristol, and from there get a train to Weston-super-Mare.
The south west coast of England is typically easiest to get to by flying – whether you're in the UK or you're travelling from further abroad. Bristol airport is just 30 miles from the coastal town, with direct buses straight from the airport. The airport has connections with all UK and Irish airports, as well as further afield such as Venice, Berlin, Madrid, Poland, and plenty of other cities across the European continent. For those travelling from Asia, the Americas, or Oceania, fly into Heathrow Airport, and then hop on a National Express coach straight to the coast.
Where to book a holiday cottage in Burnham-on-Sea
The beachfront is the perfect spot for your self-catered holiday accommodation in Burnham-on-Sea, just minutes from the sunny beach, plenty of amazing little boutique stores and restaurants, and the grand pier built before even the first world war. Why not try staying at the Beachfront Garden Apartment, a newly refurbished, bright and modern beach that's perfect for any travellers, whether you're a family, or a businessman.
Alternatively, there is the beautiful Panoramic Beachfront Hotel, with incredible sea views, right next to the town centre and just a few minutes' walk from some of the best places to eat and drink in the city. This luxury short term apartment rental has space for up to 4 guests, and it even allows dogs.
The town centre
Burnham-on-Sea's town centre has recently been completely vamped up, leaving it modern and quaint all at the same time. This seaside town is classically English, with coffee shops, old fashion sweet stores, and plenty of cosy cafes and restaurants – so you'll never go hungry! There are plenty of guest houses and bed and breakfast rentals that make for the perfect getaway spot in your seaside holiday.
What to do in Burnham-on-Sea
The main beach at Burnham-on-Sea is fantastic - so fantastic in fact that its actually award-winning, having been awarded the Quality Coast Award. For the most part, the beach is made up of miles of golden sand, and during the peak months it is patrolled by lifeguards – so you can paddle in the sea knowing you're in safe hands. The beach's pier was built before the World War One, using local supplies such as granite chipping from Penryn Colliery in Cornwall. These are still used today, and the pier is the first of its kind to ever have been constructed in Europe. Overall, the beach is a great spot for your holiday, with plenty of sand castle opportunities to keep the children busy, boats and jet skis are allowed, the summer months see the appearance of a well0lvoed ice cream van, and there's a great sea wall to sit, have a picnic and an ice-cream, and look out over the sunset.
Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park
The Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park is home to some fantastic sights, and these can be enjoyed during all weathers – as long as you're not afraid of getting a little wet in the rain! The park covers an amazing 42 acres, featuring various activities such as an outdoor gym, a man-made lake, and plenty of birdlife for the avid bird-watchers. Originally, the site was a clay pit and brickwork manufacturing site: during the 19th and early 20th centuries clay was extracted here to be used to make bricks, right up until 1966. Now, the site is home to beautiful birds, gentle walking trails, fishing lakes, and play areas for children.
Brean Leisure Park
Just a 20-minute bus ride away from your luxury holiday accommodation in Burnham-on-Sea is one of the bets activity parks on the south west coast of the UK. The park contains a theme park, water park, golf club, and The Tavern and Dickies entertainment venue, which consists of over 40 rides that will keep any children entertained for hours. From river boats to mini roller coaster, dodgems, and an 18-hole golf course, Brean Leisure Park is the perfect day trip during your stay in Burnham-on-Sea.
Animal Farm Family Theme Park
Everyone loves a good animal farm day out, and where better than Animal Farm Family Theme Park? There are countless amazing animals to see, from the typical cattle and sheep, to horses, goats, ferrets, llamas, and even some exotic birds. Plus, the farm is also home to a fun playground which includes trampolines, quad bikes and more.
St. Andrew's Church
First built during the 1000s, it was actually replaced as early as 1305 and some of the original parts of the church that still remain include the holy water stoop and the south door arch. The tower itself is from the 14th century, and the church is famous for the leaning tower that draws tourists from all over – in fact, if something is dropped from the top of the tower, it could land up to 3 feet away from the building. A grade I listed building, St. Andrew's Church is also home to marble carvings originally designed by Sir Christopher Wren, which are used as part of the alter once commissioned by James II in 1685.