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Minehead is a superb destination for families seeking a traditional seaside holiday. It is considered the Northern Gateway to Exmoor and is the area’s largest town.
Ideally situated to explore the stunning scenery of Exmoor and the Quantock Hills, Minehead is the starting point of the South West Coast Path National Trail, the nation's longest long-distance countryside walking trail.
Perfect for a family seaside holiday, Minehead offers a long flat sandy beach, great for picnics and games – especially as the sand here is perfect for sandcastle building!
The promenade with its cafés, bars and shops offers access to the sandy beach and spectacular views across to North Hill.
St Michael’s Church, built in the 14th or 15th Century, can be found on the lower slopes of North Hill. It can be accessed from the road or the quaint Church Steps, which is a footpath between thatched cottages, with stunning views across the town.
Minehead’s picturesque harbour with its RNLI station and shop, also hosts summer pleasure boat cruises on the paddle steamer Waverley and motor vessel Balmoral.
Just a short stroll from the seafront is Blenheim Gardens, Minehead’s largest park, which opened in 1925. These beautiful gardens are open all year with a bandstand and wide variety of free entertainment during the summer months. There is also a café and a putting green to enjoy.
Across from the promenade and the gardens is the West Somerset Railway – originally opened as The Minehead Railway in 1874. From here you can experience a wide variety of day trips on the beautifully restored railway engines and carriages, visiting picturesque stations as you wind your way through the Somerset countryside.
Anglers can book trips on the coastal fishing boats too. Also on the quay is the sailor’s church, St Peters on the Quay, which started life as a store in the 1600’s and converted to a chapel in the early 1900’s.
The Avenue is Minehead’s main shopping street, just off of the seafront, offering a variety of shops, bars and restaurants. Here you will also find the Regal Theatre, with its year round programme of entertainment.
For the more active visitor, Minehead also offers a range of sporting facilities including sailing, wind surfing and golf.
Just a short drive, walk or bus journey from Minehead is the National Trust’s Dunster Castle, with its breath taking views over Exmoor and the Bristol Channel. Visit the magnificent castle to discover how it has developed from a feudal stronghold to a family home.
There are a wide range of places to stay in Minehead, including the ever popular family resort of Butlins.
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