A windswept stopping point for migratory birds, the area is much-loved by residents, birdwatchers, walkers and cyclists and offers incredible views north to the second Severn Crossing and south to the Avonmouth docks – Bristol’s maritime portal to the rest of the world.
It can be difficult to imagine the village in its Edwardian heyday: a popular holiday resort and pleasure gardens complete with a grand hotel, bungalows, bathing pool and boating lake, amusement park, and cafés. Today the village offers quieter pleasures and, being well connected by train to Bristol, it is a great place to get outdoors and experience the estuary.
- Trying to spot a seal or an oystercatcher on the beach.
- Dropping in at the Downs Bakery for a hot drink and snack.
- Taking a stroll back in time by following one of the heritage trails.
- Visiting the charming Shirley’s Café for lunch.
Hear Mike Edwards from the Pilning and Severn Beach history group talking about the photo archive and how he remembers the area in our video below.
Did You Know?
In the 1930s Severn Beach was known as “The Blackpool of the West” with large crowds arriving at the railway station from London at weekends. Read more about Severn Beach’s history.