TA24 5AP, Minehead
Nestled in stunning Somerset countryside, Minehead is a treasure trove for family adventures. Relax at the beach, try your hand at watersports or explore the town’s rich history and architecture dating back to the 15th century.Minehead is also the start of the superb West Somerset Railway – the longest heritage railway in England – with its historic steam locomotives, ten beautifully kept stations and 20 miles of track. For the early miles, it chugs along the coast and the first stop is Dunster whose fairytale castle looks down from the hilltop. Dunster has a fascinating beach with the River Avill cascading onto the pebbles and sand. You can walk from the station to the beach or in the opposite direction along the river to the village, one of the largest and most intact medieval villages in England. (100)
Minehead beach is perfect for family seaside fun and the promenade - brimming with seaside cafés, bars and shops - offers spectacular views across to North Hill. For waterparks, traditional fairgrounds and nostalgic holiday activities, Butlins Minehead is the place to be, making memories since 1962. Just a short stroll from the seafront you’ll find Blenheim Gardens, Minehead’s largest park and The Avenue, the main shopping street, offering a variety of shops, bars and restaurants.
For a quieter affair, follow the promenade to the historic harbour It originated as a small port in the late 1300’s, and now hosts summer pleasure boat cruises on the paddle steamer Waverley and motor vessel Balmoral. For those seeking an adventure, Minehead also offers a range of sporting facilities including sailing, wind surfing and golf.
Wind your way through the old town’s narrow paths past ‘chocolate box’ thatched cottages to St Michael’s Church and steps, built in the 14th or 15th Century, to admire panoramic views across the town and bay. If you’re a keen walker, Minehead is ideally situated to explore Exmoor and the Quantock Hills. The nation's longest long-distance countryside walking trail, the South West Coast Path, starts here and is the perfect way to observe wildlife and admire the ever-changing dramatic landscapes.
Don’t miss a trip on the Minehead’s West Somerset Railway which originally opened in 1874 and is now England’s longest heritage line. Experience the beautifully-restored railway engines and carriages on the 20-mile route which takes you through stunning Somerset countryside and coastlines.
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