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There's lots to see and do here.

Sited on the tidal river Parrett nestled between the Mendip and Quantock Hills and the Somerset Levels, the earliest evidence of human activity in Bridgwater dates from around 6800 BC and suggested a flint 'factory'. This flow of productivity has run through the town ever since and it retains a reputation for industriousness even today.


By the 11th century it was a farming and fishing settlement called Bruge, which William the Conqueror gave to Walter de Douai. And that's how the town got its name, becoming known first as Bruge de Walter and later as Bridgwater.


Alfred the Great, who defeated the Vikings and is remembered on Somerset Day in May each year, is said to have famously burnt the cakes while hiding in the marshes just outside the town too.


Much of Bridgwater's history can be discovered at the Blake Museum and examples of fine architecture reflecting its past glory as a busy port and commercial centre are found in Castle Street, Kings Square and the Cornhill, which all exhibit Georgian craftsmanship.


There are plenty of interesting places to visit here including the unusually shaped St Mary's Church, Bridgwater Arts Centre - the first in the country, Somerset Brick and Tile Museum and the Docks, large parts of which now form a Conservation Area.


Go back a little further in time and you'll find Bridgwater was the birthplace of Admiral Robert Blake (1598-1657). There is a wonderful statue of the sea general in the town. And then there's the best fish and chip shop in the area named after him here too!


Away from the town centre, the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal is also picturesque and a great place for a leisurely wander. The waterway was recently featured in a scene from BBC TV's 'Wolf Hall' showing Anne Boleyn's journey by river to the Tower of London.


This charming canal might be cut off from the rest of the system, but has a well-maintained towpath and some fascinating lock structures making it perfect for walking and boating activities.


For the birders and twitchers, not far from Bridgwater, on our side of town, is Greylake RSPB reserve (Grid reference: ST399346), which provides a short, easy walk with seats and the opportunity to get close to wetland wildlife.


Here you can see thousands of wigeons, teals and shovelers roosting, while peregrines, marsh harriers and hen harriers swoop about causing havoc among the ducks and waders. It's open all year round and admission is free, but the charity welcomes any donation.


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