Weston-super-Mare is an English holiday resort on the Bristol Channel in North Somerset. The city has about 71 700 inhabitants (2001), and about 28 km southwest of Bristol. Weston-super-Mare is known for its sandy beaches, although the sea at low tide can be up to 1.5 km. Weston comes from the Anglo-Saxon language and produced originally meant to do West (Western Settlement). The suffix “-super-Mare” is unusual in that he made the medieval Latin and is literally on the sea means.
Weston grew particularly in the Victorian era, as a holiday by the sea came into vogue. Together with the neighboring Burnham-on-Sea, Weston benefited from proximity to Bristol, Bath and South Wales. The construction of the railway thousands of visitors came to town. For 1867 it was Birnbeck pier completed. He featured entertainment facilities, tea rooms, funfair shops and a photo studio.
Because of the many visitors Birnbeck Pier no longer the center of the city visited, was from the local merchants with a new pier built closer to the main roads. This opened in 1904, Grand Pier was meant to be 2.4 km long. He was a huge game room with slot machines, dodgems, ghost train and bowling area. In the summer and on weekends, entire families with small children romped on the pier.
On 28 July 2008 broke the early morning, a large fire on the historic bridge “Grand Pier” from. The first few months earlier, completely modernized and refurbished pier was completely destroyed. After the reconstruction was “Grand Pier” on 23 October 2010 re-opened. After the Second World War fell, as with almost all the seaside resorts, the popularity of Weston. The city was an industrial center, including for aircraft. The motorway M5 is quite close and Weston is now partly a bedroom community work, the inhabitants of Bristol.
The tourist influx is not yet dried up today. In addition to a shopping center, the city offers a helicopter museum, an aquarium and a miniature railway. Weston-super-Mare has since the early 1980s, a city partnership with Hildesheim.