Very enjoyable week in Minehead which should be known for things other than Butlins! Lovely walks close by on the nearby hills and along the coastal path in both directions. Town centre is very pleasant (you can walk from the cottage ) a good selection of pubs and cafes (a super vegetarian one ). ...
Minehead on the coastline of Somerset makes a brilliant destination if you're planning a holiday, especially in the summer. Not only is it the biggest town in the area, with plenty of entertainment venues and dining options, but it's also one of the gateways to the Exmoor National Park and it has a lovely sandy beach for the kids too. The accommodation options are plentiful, and range from smart Somerset hotels overlooking the seaside to friendly guesthouses and cheerful, family-run B&Bs.
Beautifully located and perfectly situated to explore both the Quantocks and Exmoor, Minehead is the point where enthusiastic walkers start off on the South West Coast Path National Trail, the country's longest countryside walking trail. The beach at Minehead is long, flat and sandy - just the thing for families with small kids in tow. While the kids will be delighted to build sandcastles and paddle, adults have a multitude of shops, bars and cafés to relax in and enjoy the view along the promenade. For history buffs there's the 14th century Church of St. Michael at the base of North Hill, so there's something for everyone in Minehead when you come along here from your Somerset hotel or B&B.
Apart from the shops and cafes of the promenade, visitors to Minehead can enjoy a bracing walk up the old Church Steps. These link a series of traditional thatched cottages and give splendid views across the town. In the harbour area during summer you can take a trip along the coast on the Balmoral, a motorised yacht, or on the Waverley paddle steamer. Just a few hundred yards from Minehead beach you'll find the biggest park in Minehead, Blenheim Gardens, which was opened back in 1925. The gardens have a bandstand and café, and there's a putting green that is always popular with summer visitors.
The excellent beach at Minehead and the variety of dining venues and entertainments make this one of the most popular seaside destinations in the West Country. Be sure to visit and stay at one of the local Somerset hotels or guesthouses in the area.