Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset

October 22, 2021
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Burnham on Sea

Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset

Thinking of moving to Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset? We’ve compiled a guide of need-to-know information about this popular Victorian seaside town.

As a resort, Burnham-on-Sea is home to a pier, a busy seaside promenade with cream teas, fish and chips, donkey rides and a photogenic lighthouse. So, as you would expect, there is plenty to do as a visitor. But what is it like to live in?

A happy place

A national newspaper survey, undertaken in 2019, ranked Sedgemoor, which Burnham-on-sea is one of the biggest towns, as the 4th happiest place to live in Britain. It is also the 5th most affordable place to live in Somerset with average house prices of £261,260*

Burnham stands on two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), with the Mendip hills to the north, and the Quantocks to the south-west. It is also close to the motorway and in commuting distance for Bridgwater, Bristol, and Weston-super-Mare. Bristol airport is just 20 miles (32.19 km) away for those looking to holiday abroad. The town has become increasingly popular with buyers looking for affordable homes, more open space, and a better quality of life.

The happiest places to live, according to the Office of National Statistics, are in rural locations or on the coast—two boxes ticked for Burnham-on-Sea residents!

Things to do in Burnham-on-Sea

As well as a good range of shops, Burnham boasts one of the longest stretches of golden beaches in Europe (over 7 miles). Apex Park is a 42-acre wildlife haven with lakes and gentle level walks. There are also plenty of facilities for the kids to enjoy. For those who prefer a longer challenge a walk towards the River Brue and down to the southern end of the seafront is recommended.

If your preference is for more physical activities Burnham Swim and Sports Academy has everything you need. The Academy is home to over 60 sports, health, and wellness classes. The private members’ gym is fully air-conditioned and equipped to suit your fitness needs. The swimming pool offers open swimming days, lane swimming and family Fun ’n’ Float sessions for all the community to enjoy.

It goes without saying that the sea and the lakes provide water-borne activities including boating, fishing and jet-skiing. So, whatever floats your … er, boat, Burnham-on-Sea has it in spades.

The Burnham and Berrow Golf Club offers a championship standard course (ranked No 1 in Somerset), which is highly regarded in national golfing circles. There is also a course at the Brean Leisure Centre and an all-weather driving range near Highbridge.

And we mustn’t forget to mention Burnham-on-Sea Cricket Club (sponsored by House Fox). The club is friendly and inclusive with three men’s teams and a mixed men and women’s team.

And there are scores of great places to eat in Burnham-On-Sea to suit every taste. Choose from English, French, Italian, Chinese, or Indian. A complete guide to restaurants, cafes and takeaways is available here.

Where is Burnham-on-Sea?

Burnham-on-Sea, is near Junction 22 of the M5, halfway between Weston-super-Mare, and Bridgwater. Both being 10 miles (16.09 km) distant. There are good public transport links to both towns.

How to get to Burnham-on-Sea

By car: Burnham is just off the M5 motorway. Exit the motorway at Junction 22 and follow the signs towards the town centre.

By train: The average train time between Highbridge and Burnham station and Weston-super-Mare is 11 minutes, with around 21 trains per day.

By bus: Several bus companies operate in Burnham-on-Sea. Timetables can be obtained by emailing transport@somerset.gov.uk.

By air: Bristol Airport is located 30 miles (48.28 km) from Burnham. Buses run either direct from the airport or via rail connections through Bristol.

Other towns and villages nearby

  • Berrow (1.69 miles (2.72 kilometres))
  • Brent Knoll (1.72 miles (2.77 kilometres))
  • Highbridge (1.80 miles (2.9 km))
  • Huntspill (2.50 miles (4.02 km))
  • East Brent (3.01 miles (4.84 km))
  • Watchfield (3.03 miles (4.88 km))
  • Lympsham (3.41 miles (5.49 kilometres))
  • East Huntspill (3.74 miles (6.02 km))
  • Cote (4.07 miles (6.55 kilometres))
  • Brean (4.11 miles (6.61 kilometres))
  • Pawlett (4.24 miles (6.82 km))

Local properties for sale

*At time of writing