Chew Magna

Situated in the heart of the Chew Valley, south of Bristol, Chew Magna is the largest settlement in the area. It is a vibrant village with a strong community with numerous community groups. Whilst being close to Bristol, it retains its rural character and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. In the 1950s, Chew Valley Lake, just outside the village, was formed to provide the water needs of Bristol.


The village is steeped in history and was once a manor held by the Bishops of Bath and Wells. Following the dissolution of the monasteries, it became a woollen centre but during the 1800s became a village lived in by affluent merchants from Bristol.

Food & Drink

There are some excellent opportunities to eat and drink in Chew Magna with the established pubs of the Bear & Swan, The Pelican and The Queens Arms. The Lazy Lobster is situated in South Parade in a former hairdressers and is extremely popular. Moondance is a great coffee shop also on South Parade. On the banks of the lake is Salt and Malt specialising in Fish & Chips. In the surrounding villages, there are some great public houses providing food and drink to suit every taste and budget.


Within the village, there are a few independent shops and a small supermarket.

Nature & Environment

Chew Magna is on the edge of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there are great opportunities to enjoy the natural environment. There are a number of groups within the village who promote sustainability.


Chew Valley Secondary School is situated just outside the village and the primary school Is close to the church.


The village is located on the B3130 which passes through the Chew Valley and links the A37 and A38. The local road network provides good access to Bristol (9 miles), Bath (14 miles) and other settlements across Somerset.

Mainline rail services are available from Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa whilst Bristol Airport is only 6 miles away. There is a bus service to and from Bristol.

Local Features & Attractions

Chew Valley Lake

Mendip Hills

Stanton Drew stones




There is a leisure centre based at Chew Valley School. Within the village and the local area, there are a large number of sports clubs including Chew Valley Rugby Club, Chew Magna Football Club, Mendip Hockey Club and others.