Severn Beach is a village on the mouth of the River Severn in South Gloucestershire, England. A riverside footpath – part of the Severn Way sea wall – leads beneath the Second Severn Crossing bridge. The eastern portal of the Severn Tunnel lies on the outskirts of the village.


Severn Beach only existed as a farm until Great Western Railway linked Pilning and Avonmouth in 1900. The railway saw the possibilities of development now that trains passed through the area and in 1922 the village was created as a seaside resort with a swimming pool called the "Blue Lagoon", a boating lake and the Beach Comber Strip Club, mostly by local entrepreneur Robert Stride. Many people came from nearby Bristol because Severn Beach had less strict licensing laws.

In recent years many of the shops have closed but the convenience store and bakery still trade. The village pub was demolished to make way for housing. The village is moving towards "commuter town" status, with people using its rail and road links to work in Bristol and elsewhere.

Severn Beach used to have a popular swimming pool which has been demolished in favour of an open space and some housing.

The village is part of the Filton and Bradley Stoke Parliamentary constituency and is currently represented by the Conservative MP Jack Lopresti.


The village is at the end of the Severn Beach Line railway, with a small unstaffed station. The line used to loop northwards to join the main Cardiff-Bristol line at Pilning in the direction of Bristol, but this section was closed in 1964 and the trackbed has been built over.

The village is currently once again served by buses of Wessex Connect on Monday to Saturday (the previous operator Severnside Transport having held the contract from 2015-2017) but with Stagecoach providing services on a Sunday.

Although the village is next to the motorway there is no motorway junction in the village and it is necessary to travel several miles to reach the motorway network or access either bridge over the Severn. Severn Beach has no through roads and is therefore free from heavy traffic.


The coastline is an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and has a diverse range of wildlife, varying from seals to peregrine falcons. There have been more than 251 species of bird recorded in the Severn Beach area and it is of international importance for migrating and wintering birds.[2] [3]

As of 1990, 28 species of seabird had been recorded in the Severn Beach/New Passage area, including sooty and Balearic shearwaters, all four Northern Hemisphere skuas, seven species of tern and four species of alcid.[4]

Severn Beach offers excellent conger fishing from the shore in the winter and views of the River Severn and the two bridges that cross it.

Cultural references

Adge Cutler of The Wurzels wrote a song called "Aloha Severn Beach".

The BBC1 TV drama Shoestring filmed at the Blue Lagoon Swimming Pool.