Nailsea is a town in the unitary district of North Somerset in the ceremonial county of Somerset, England, approximately 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Bristol, and just about 11 miles (18 km) northeast of the seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare. The nearest village is Backwell, which lies south of Nailsea upon the opposite side of the Bristol to Exeter railway line. Nailsea is a commuter town taking into consideration a population of 15,630.
The town was an industrial centre based on coal mining and glass manufacture, which have now been replaced by foster industries. The surrounding North Somerset Levels has wildlife habitats including the Tickenham, Nailsea and Kenn Moors biological Site of Special Scientific Interest and Bucklands Pool/Backwell Lake Local Nature Reserve. Nailsea is close to the M5 motorway and Bristol Airport, and its railway station, Nailsea and Backwell, has facilities operated by the Great Western Railway.
Secondary education is provided by Nailsea School (rebuilt in 2009), and primary education by St Francis School, Grove Junior School, Kingshill School and Golden Valley. Churches add up the 14th-century Holy Trinity Church and Christ Church, which was built in 1843.