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MineheadUnited Kingdom

A popular seaside holiday destination since the Victorian era, this attractive town is also the gateway to Exmoor National Park. 

Minehead has a sandy beach overlooked on the west by the wooded North Hill. Stroll along the town’s pleasant promenade, ride the West Somerset Railway through picturesque surrounding countryside or head to nearby Exmoor National Park for walking, biking and horseback riding.

Enjoy gorgeous views across to Exmoor National Park’s North Hill from the flat, sandy Minehead Beach. The waters of Bristol Channel are ideal for swimming and pleasure boat cruises. Stroll along the lovely beachfront promenade lined with cafés, shops and bars.

The terminus of the West Somerset Railway is close to Minehead Beach. The station originally opened in 1874, and you can still see part of the original railway building as well as the goods shed. Ride this restored steam train on a 20-mile (32-kilometer) scenic journey through the Somerset countryside and admire the coast of the Bristol Channel, the lush Quantock Hills and quaint villages and farms.

Look inside the 15th-century St. Michael’s Church, which rises over Minehead on the lower slopes of North Hill. Walk to the church via the Church Steps, a charming footpath lined with thatched cottages with wonderful views over the town. The church is particularly beautiful at night when it’s illuminated against the night sky.

Minehead is a fine base for exploring Exmoor National Park, a beautiful expanse of wooded river valleys, craggy coastlines and deserted moors dotted with lichen-covered trees. The park encompasses more than 700 miles (1,100 kilometers) of walking paths. The South West Coast Path is a highlight. Hike along this 630-mile (1,010-kilometer) path, known as one of England’s longest countryside walking trails. This wonderful trail begins in Minehead and follows a route along Devon’s northern seaboard.

Minehead is located on the Bristol Channel, 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of Taunton. Travel here by train from London or Birmingham. Alternatively, get here using National Express buses. The West Somerset Steam railway runs a seasonal service between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead.

Top hotels in Minehead

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Castle Inn
The Castle Inn
3 out of 5
High Street, Porlock, Minehead, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £75 per night

Situated near the beach, this inn is within 1 mile (2 km) of Dovery Manor Museum, Greencombe Gardens and Bossington Beach. Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre and Allerford ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (210 reviews)

"Booked our stay a couple of days ahead based on reviews and I must say a great little super value stay.Highly recommended"…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2020

The Castle Inn
Northfield Hotel
Northfield Hotel
3 out of 5
Northfield Road, Minehead, England
The price is £81 per night

Located in the heart of Minehead, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Minehead Beach and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Exmoor National Park. Blenheim Gardens and Dunster ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (136 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel and gardens in a good location. Meals were excellent and the rooms were a great size."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2019

Northfield Hotel
Dunster Castle Hotel
Dunster Castle Hotel
4 out of 5
5 High Steet Exmoor National Park, Dunster, Minehead, England
The price is £89 per night

Situated near the beach, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Dunster Dolls Museum and Exmoor National Park. Dunster Castle and Dunster Working Watermill are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (137 reviews)
A gem of a find.

"Beautiful stylish Hotel, with warm friendly staff. Excellent attention to detail. Good food. Will visit again but for longer. Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020

Dunster Castle Hotel

Popular places to visit in Minehead

Exmoor National Park
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Exmoor National Park

4.5/5(202 reviews)

Explore this stunning national park, a romantic landscape of ancient forests, secluded beaches, wooded valleys and brooding moors. 

Dunster Castle
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Dunster Castle

4.5/5(65 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Dunster with a trip to Dunster Castle. Visit the lively bars or top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

Minehead Beach
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Minehead Beach

3.5/5(17 reviews)

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Minehead Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Minehead. Stroll along this quaint area's waterfront or simply enjoy its cafes.

Dunkery Beacon
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Dunkery Beacon

5/5(2 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Dunkery Beacon during your travels in Minehead. Stroll along the seaside in this relaxing area or visit its lively bars.

Dunster Beach
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Dunster Beach

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Dunster Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Minehead. Stroll along this quaint area's waterfront or simply enjoy its cafes.

Dunster Working Watermill
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Dunster Working Watermill

Find out about the history of Dunster when you spend time at Dunster Working Watermill. Visit the top-notch restaurants or lively bars in this quaint area.

Top things to do in Minehead

Vineyard Tour
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Vineyard Tour

£16
Per adult
Walk the beautiful Wales Coast Path
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Walk the beautiful Wales Coast Path

£55
Per adult
Cardiff Private Transfer from Cardiff Airport to City centre
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Cardiff Private Transfer from Cardiff Airport to City centre

£65
Per adult
Cardiff Airport (CWL) to Caerphilly Accommodation - Round-Trip Private Transfer
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Cardiff Airport (CWL) to Caerphilly Accommodation - Round-Trip Private Transfer

£55
Per adult
Cardiff Airport (CWL) to Barry Accommodation - Round-Trip Private Transfer
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Cardiff Airport (CWL) to Barry Accommodation - Round-Trip Private Transfer

£30
Per adult
Cardiff Airport (CWL) to Barry Accommodation - Arrival Private Transfer
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Cardiff Airport (CWL) to Barry Accommodation - Arrival Private Transfer

£15
Per adult

Reviews of Minehead

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 35.9375%
4 - Good
29
4 - Good 45.3125%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 15.625%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 3.125%
1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Jan 2020

The beach was clean and the area around had lots of path for walking which is what we went for.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Jan 2020

Quiet time of the year may be busy in the summer as butlins is local

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Nov 2019

Try it for yourself...you will want to return again and again

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

4 Nov 2019

Visit was more focused on visiting general area, rather than specific towns.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Oct 2019

Porlock is beautiful with lots of interesting shops and eating places. The Lorna Doone was a great experience and one well do again sometime.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

19 Oct 2019

Tainted by our experience at Quay Inn

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