Minehead is a superb destination for a family seaside holiday. Considered the Northern Gateway to the Exmoor National Park, the town is surrounded by picturesque countryside, and coastal views.

Minehead beach is a long and flat sandy beach, that is perfect for a day building sand castles, picnics, and paddling. Along the promenade is plentiful variety of shops, cafes, and restaurants, offering fantastic food, treats, and amusements.

A short stroll from the seafront is the beautiful Blenheim gardens, a well kept oasis full of colourful flowers, winding paths, a cafe, and a bandstand that offers free entertainment during the summer months.

If you’re a train enthusiast, the iconic West Somerset Railway has it’s terminus in Minehead. This heritage steam railway runs for 20 miles to the town of Bishops Lydeard, passing through stunning Somerset countryside and coast. First opened in 1874, experiencing a train ride is like stepping into history, and the sights and smells are something that the whole family can enjoy, and is not likely to forget.

The quaint medieval village of Dunster is a short drive/bus ride away, and is an excellent excursion. With an ancient castle, priory, dovecote, yarn market, inns, packhorse bridge and a mill, Dunster is one of the most popular places to visit on Exmoor. The castle is owned by the National Trust, and you can take a tour exploring it’s impressive interiors, and gardens full of subtropical plants.

For food and accommodation, Minehead has something for everyone. If you want to stay in luxury, then there are top quality hotels and B&Bs. For those wanting to experience more of the countryside, then there are plenty of camping/caravan sites too. With top quality restaurants, takeaways, cafes and bistros, your culinary needs will be met too.

Useful Info

Main Attractions: Beach, West Somerset Railway, Dunster Castle, Blenheim Gardens

Accommodation: Hotels, B&Bs, Self Catered Properties, Camping, Caravans

Food: Restaurants, Cafes, Bistros, Takeaways, Ice-Cream Parlours

Accessible Via: A39

Coast: North

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