Bridgwater was once a major port. Today, the town retains the quay and the Bridgwater Canal.
Bridgwater is a small town, with some interesting squares. It was where the Duke of Monmouth proclaimed himself King in 1685, but lost the Battle of Sedgemoor against King James. He was executed for his efforts.
The mediaeval street pattern has been retained in the old centre of Bridgwater and there are still many attractive historic buildings. There is also a statue of Admiral Blake, one of Bridgwater’s most famous sons, in the town centre. The birthplace of this sailor and parliamentarian, who was born at the end of the 16th century, is now a museum.
The Bridgwater and Taunton canal runs through the flat areas of Somerset and there are walks along the towpath.
Don't miss the Carnival, held now on the nearest Friday to November 5th. It’s well worth the effort and deserving of its fame.
Bridgwater also holds the annual St Matthew's Bridgwater Fair in the last week of September, with rides and side-shows in St Matthew's Park. It has been held in the town since 1249. It was originally a livestock fair and this function still survives. However, the main event is now centred around a fairground with all of its attractions.