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Living in North Somerset

There’s plenty of choice in North Somerset, whether you want to live on the coast, in the centre of town, suburbs or deep in the country, and house prices are very competitive with our nearby cities of Bath and Bristol.

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Coast and Countryside

North Somerset has over 24 miles of attractive coastline and charming countryside including. parts of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Forest of Avon and the Somerset Levels and Moors.

There are plenty of opportunities for experiencing outdoor activities including sailing, kite surfing, climbing, pot-holing, off road cycling and mountain biking, golf, fishing, swimming and lots of scenic walking routes.

Coast and country in North Somerset


Housing options in North Somerset range from idyllic detached mansions in Abbots Leigh to terraced Victorian and Edwardian town houses in Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon, with smart new waterside apartments in Portishead. North Somerset has a diverse range of vibrant market and coastal towns offering something for everyone.

According to the Land Registry UK House Price Index (Aug 2018 data), the average cost of a semi-detached home in North Somerset was just under £267,000, 27% and behind Bristol average 17% below West of England. In spite of its qualities and growing popularity, North Somerset is a cost-effective location to live. You get much more for your money living in North Somerset, an important factor in recruiting and attracting people to work here.

Schools and Education

There are 63 Primaries, 11 Secondary’s, 4 Independents, 3 Special Schools and a PRU spread across the breadth of North Somerset, supporting every aspect of a child’s journey through education.

To find out more about the schools and their Multi Academy Trusts, please visit the North Somerset Council website.

The Weston College Group, including the University Centre Weston (UCW) is the main provider of Higher and Further of Education in North Somerset. For more information on the courses on offer please visit their website.

Schools and Education
Arts and culture

Arts and Culture

The Arts Council for England (ACE) has designated Weston-super-Mare as a priority area in its 2018 – 2020 Corporate Plan.

In 2015 Banksy’s amazing “Dismaland” exhibition at Weston-super-Mare’s derelict lido, the Tropicana, acted as a catalyst for the coming together of North Somerset’s rich and diverse cultural offer.  Since the exhibition the Council has invested £500,000 in the Tropicana site, and with further investment aims to  transform  it into a multi-use creative arts and entertainment venue.

Darren Henley ACE’s Chief Executive visited Weston in May 2018 and said “There is a vibrant creative community here and a council with huge ambitions to redefine the English seaside town.  Weston is a beacon other seaside towns can learn from.” Historic England has also awarded Weston Heritage Action Zone status with £600,000 support.

Key Towns

There are four main towns in North Somerset – Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead and Weston-super-Mare and numerous villages.

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North Somerset Villages

Key Villages

There are 6 main villages in North Somerset – Backwell, Congresbury, Long Ashton, Winscombe, Wrington and Yatton.

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Leisure time in North Somerset

North Somerset has a wealth of opportunities for you, and your friends and families, to enjoy your leisure time.

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Leisure time in North Somerset

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