Brean Down is a promontory off the coast of Somerset, England, standing 318ft high and extending 1.5mi into the Bristol Channel at the eastern end of Bridgwater Bay between Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea.Made of Carboniferous Limestone, it is a continuation of the Mendip Hills. Two further continuations are the small islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm. The cliffs on the northern and southern flanks of Brean Down have large quantities of fossils laid down in the marine deposits about 320–350 million years ago. The site has been occupied by humans since the late Bronze Age and includes the remains of a Romano-Celtic Temple. At the seaward end is Brean Down Fort which was built in 1865 and then re-armed in the Second World War.Brean Down is now owned by the National Trust, and is rich in wildlife, history and archaeology. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to both the geology and presence of nationally rare plants including the white rock-rose. It has also been scheduled as an ancient monument.Our Burnham-On-Sea travel itinerary planner makes visiting Brean Down and other Burnham-On-Sea attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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The walk across the Down is spectacular we could see both Weston and Bridgwater bays. When we got to the fort which is now owned by the National Trust, we all needed a drink, so make sure you take som... more »
Well worth a visit. The walk across the Down is spectacular with views of both Weston and Bridgwater bays. The fort itself is now owned by the National Trust, and free to enter. However there is a fee... more »
I haven't to Brean in years. The last time I went it was in peak season and this is why I never came back! I was pleasantly surprised by such a quiet and lovely beach. We had a walk up and then had so... more »
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A quick trip to Brean sands is a must, where there, you can park your car on the beach for just £3 at the time of writing, cheaper parking options than a number of car parks around. The Down is made of Carboniferous Limestone, and a continuation of the Mendip Hills. The cliffs on the northern and southern flanks of Brean Down have large quantities of fossils laid down in the marine deposits about 320–350 million years ago. Brean Down Fort was built in 1865. Great picnic oppotunities and great views of Weston-super-Mare
Beautiful views took us by surprise as we walked up to the top of Brean Down. We had a clear sunny day, and could see across the Bristol Channel to Cardiff. A welcome surprise, and the children had excellent fun walking along to the point and in the fort at the end.
A gorgeous setting for taking in the local area, at least when the weather is fair. The climb to the top of the Brean Down is a little intensive, and is not recommended for those not willing to take a large amount of stairs. The view from atop the down makes the climb worth it, but care must be taken with small children as there is no protection on the cliff edges.
Lots of wildlife and outstanding views. Definitely worth the walk.
Fantastic view point for the Severn estuary and a well maintained Fort.
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Wales Millennium Centre
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Fun City at Brean Leisure Park
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Brean Splash Waterpark
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Brean Down Tropical Bird Garden
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Brean Golf Club
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