Minehead

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Minehead which includes a beach, a coastal town and general coastal views

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.

Exmoor White Horse Inn
Exmoor White Horse Inn
3 out of 5
Exford, Exmoor National Park, Minehead, England
The price is £130 per night from 4 Oct to 4 Oct
Situated in Minehead, this boutique inn is within 12 mi (20 km) of Tarr Steps Clapper Bridge, Exmoor National Park and Dunster Castle. Wimbleball Lake Activities ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (66 reviews)
"Lovely location. Busy pub if you prefer quiet. Good good. Staff courteous and helpful. Rooms recently upgraded some. Shower not a power one. Very accommodating of dogs in restaurant and rooms."

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2021

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The Porlock Weir Hotel
The Porlock Weir Hotel
4 out of 5
Porlock Weir, Minehead, England
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Porlock Weir Harbour and South West Coast Path Section 1 Trailhead. Greencombe Gardens and Bossington ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (36 reviews)
"We loved it. Just a we did last year!"

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2021

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Luttrell Arms Hotel
Luttrell Arms Hotel
3 out of 5
32-36 High Street, Dunster, Minehead, England
Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps away from Dunster Dolls Museum and Dunster Castle. Exmoor National Park and Dunster Working Watermill are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)
Walking holiday in Dunster
"Our stay here was excellent throughout.Room was clean and very comfortable.Staff were all incredibly helpful and friendly.We ate in the hotel on a couple of nights and the food was very good,as was breakfast.We had our dog with us and the hotel is very dog friendly, even providing a sausage at breakfast ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2021

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Porthole Log Cabin
Porthole Log Cabin
4 out of 5
Weirfield Road, Minehead, England
Situated in Minehead, this golf cabin is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Minehead Beach and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Exmoor National Park. Blenheim Gardens and Dunster Beach ...
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Court Farm Holiday Cottages
Court Farm Holiday Cottages
3 out of 5
Court Farm Holiday Cottages, Exford, Minehead, England
Situated in Minehead, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene and Exford Memorial Hall. Tarr Steps Clapper Bridge and ...
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The Loft
The Loft
3.5 out of 5
First Floor Flat 22 Friday Street, Minehead, England
Situated near the beach, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Blenheim Gardens and Minehead Beach. Exmoor National Park and Dunster Beach are also within ...
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