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Bridgwater stands on the River Parrett. The area has been known to have been settled for at least a thousand years. In the Domesday Book, it is described as an agricultural community with the name Brugie, although it is easy to see how the name Bridgwater evolved. It is recorded that William de Bruere was granted a Royal Charter for the borough at the beginning of the 13th century, when he began building a castle here.

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Today the town is famous for Bridgwater Fair, which has now been combined with an illuminated carnival. The fair takes place during the last week of September and 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 its attractions.

Bridgwater has plenty of accommodation, restaurants, bars and cafés. It also has plenty of shops and other tourist facilities, making it an ideal centre from which to explore Somerset and neighbouring counties.

 

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