A true country branch line of the old Great Western Railway is full of fascination and nostalgia.
butlins and so much more ...
Minehead is often referred to as the gateway to Exmoor and has long attracted visitors and families to its coastal location. It is probably most famous for its Butlins Holiday Park.
With plenty beaches to explore, historic fishing harbour, and a charming fourteenth Century church. Minehead is brimming with independent shops, galleries and traditional seaside souvenir gift shops, alongside the familiar banks, chemists and other well-known retailers. A weekly Farmers Market is held in “The Parade” every Friday between 9am and 2pm.
There are plenty of great independent cafes serving freshly-cooked meals and homemade cakes – and there is something for every taste.
A delightful landscaped garden spanning some six-acres and can be found just off the main town centre. The park provides spring and summer flower displays, a wide range of trees, shrubs and perennials which thrive in Minehead’s seaside climate. The park also boasts a charming bandstand for summer concerts and brass bands.
Beach and Harbour
The beach is approximately one-mile long and mainly sandy with small areas of stones and shingle. It is very popular with families and those loving water sports. The promenade and sea wall run along the full length of the beach and is perfect for a stroll. At the Western end of the beach is Minehead’s historic fishing harbour with its high harbour wall offering various opportunities for anglers.
Activities and Things to Do
The South West Coast Path officially starts in Minehead and ends in Poole, making it approximately 630 miles long!
Love steam trains? The fabulous West Somerset Railway is England’s longest heritage railway. Travelling some 20 miles between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard along the Bristol Channel Coast through the Quantock Hills.
Channel Adventures offers a full range of outdoor activities from seafront centre in Minehead, including paddle boarding, kayaking and cycling.
Find out more
Minehead Visitor Centre