This charming Victorian coastal resort dates back to the 11th century.
Originally a hillside settlement, Clevedon's name derives from the Saxon 'cleve'. meaning cleft and 'don', meaning hill.
Clevedon remained a small farming community until the 1820s, when the Elton family of Clevedon Court realised its potential as a select coastal resort. Families from nearby Bristol soon came here to enjoy the sea air.
A new development of substantial middle-class housing spread out over the Hill, while the old village along the base grew to provide the town with domestic servants and commercial facilities.
Clevedon has retained its fine Victorian architecture including its elegant pier. Completed in 1869, and now restored, the pier is one of the oldest in the country and considered to be a national monument.
The MV Balmoral, a pleasure cruiser, and the Paddle Steamer Waverley, visit in the summer offering cruises along the Bristol Channel.
Clevedon's long seafront, stretching for about half a mile from the pier to Salthouse Fields, has many genteel attractions. These include a Victorian bandstand, a tidal lake and ornamental gardens.
A light railway takes visitors round the perimeter of Salthouse Fields, which still offers donkey rides at weekends
.Clevedon's shoreline is a mixture of pebbled beaches and low rocky cliffs. In the mid-20th century the lack of sandy beaches meant that Clevedon lost its appeal for residential family holidays but the resort is still very popular with day-trippers.
Today Clevedon is also a dormitory town for Bristol. Set on and round seven hills, the town offers far-reaching views across the Severn Estuary to Wales. On a clear day Lundy Island can be seen in the Bristol Channel.
Poet's Walk, with its fine views of Clevedon and the Severn Estuary, is named after the many poets associated with Clevedon. In 1795 the Romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, stayed here several months after his marriage to Sarah Fricker.
William Makepeace Thackeray, author of Vanity Fair, was a frequent guest of the Elton family at Clevedon Court in the mid-19th century Alfred, Lord Tennyson, also stayed Clevedon Court in 1850. In 1909 the young poet Rupert Brooke came to Clevedon to recover from an in illness.
Clevedon Craft Centre A popular arts and crafts centre with workshops.
Toll House Gallery An interesting gallery exhibiting local art.
Clevedon Court An elegant manor house to visit.
Clevedon Pier Take a stroll on this elegant pier.
Curzon Community Cinema Enjoy a film at this Art Deco cinema.
Towns Near Clevedon To Visit - straight line distance:Nailsea (4.55 miles) Congresbury (5.12 miles) Portishead (5.23 miles) Wraxall (5.70 miles)