Reputed to be the inspiration for Coleridge’s famous ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ poem, Watchet is a great seaside location from which to explore Exmoor and the Quantock Hills.


Open the window or relax on the patio, and you will hear the occasional gull or the distinctive chuffing and whistling of steam trains as they arrive and depart from Watchet station.

For a quaint ancient sea port, there are a surprising amount of things to do in Watchet.   For example:

  • There are two Museums.
  • Permanently moored up in the Marina is the Gay Archer boat, well worth a visit when the tide is high.
  • The West Somerset Railway.   It certainly provides the most relaxing route we’ve found to get to and from Minehead!
  • The Esplanade and Marina offer a relaxing stroll and the opportunity of a delicious ice cream.
  • The Beach at Watchet doesn’t have too much sand, but it is a great place to wander – as you head towards Blue Anchor there are plenty of fossils to find!   There is also a small tidal Boating Pool close to the West Street beach.
  • There are plenty of Short Walks to be discovered by strolling around the town.
  • Fishing/Boat Trips available from the Marina.
  • There is a giant Scalectrix track waiting to be found in the town centre.
  • If you just want to sit and relax by the harbour, then feel free to use our Crabbing Line, you can buy bait from the fishing tackle shop on Swain Street!
  • Stop for a coffee or bite to eat – The Corner House and Chives are two of our favourites!
  • In addition to this there are plenty of options to eat and out at the local pubs and restaurants, or treat yourself to a cosy night in with a takeaway…
Traditional Christmas Lights in Watchet

Traditional Christmas Lights in Watchet