Minehead  Coast Guide  

Minehead is a small seaside resort situated on the western edge of Exmoor in Somerset. It is a traditional resort with a wide sandy beach which makes it ideal for families. Minehead can trace its history back to the Domesday Book when it was described as a market town. At a later stage it became a fishing village but there is not much remaining to suggest this past due to a huge fire in which most of the old town was destroyed. Today Minehead is a friendly town with a large sandy beach and a good reputation for family holidays.

                                                          Minehead Beach Somerset

For details of Minehead Hotels and Holidays, Guest Houses, Cottages  and to visit Attractions.  Go to Minehead Hotels Guest Houses and Cottages

Much of the town dates from the Victorian era when the railway arrived and the town first became a resort. In more recent times Butlins continued in this tradition and built a large holiday camp here in the 1960. The town still provides traditional family holidays and is keen to promote short break holidays as well. It is a good location from which to explore nearby Exmoor.

Exmoor National Park covers parts of West Somerset and North Devon. It is a area of great  variety, ranging from areas of open moorland to intimate deep valleys and ancient oak woodlands, to coastal areas with some of the highest and most spectacular cliffs in the UK. As well as the area within the National Park, these incredible landscapes and features are protected by the National Trust and Heritage Coast status. Minehead marks the start of the South West Coast Path which stretches 630 miles around the Cornish peninsular to finish in Poole Dorset. 

   Butlins Minehead    Minehead Harbour



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What to see in Minehead

Tourist Information Centre - 17 Friday Street, Minehead. Phone: 0845 3452465

Dunster Castle - Spectacular 13th castle managed by the National Trust. Dunster, nr Minehead, Somerset TA24 6SL Telephone: 01643 821314

Exmoor National Park


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Cliff and coast walkingWhether your idea of an ideal activity is sunbathing or you prefer something more strenuous, the  chances are that you will be able to pursue this at the coast. There is a wide selection of activities that can be found on our coastline - these range from a gentle stroll to the next bay, to swimming and snorkelling, to more energetic activities such as sailing, surfing, windsurfing and kite sailing. See Activities section.


Attractions - see listings pages

national lobster hatchery padstowA huge selection of attractions are available within the coastal area and this section will have details of many of them. From piers and harbours to fun fairs and roller coasters, the listings will have details of what's available in your chosen area. For details of attractions look in the resort pages. 

 The National Lobster Hatchery - Padstow

Beach PubPubs, restaurants and shopping guide

The listings section will also have details of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and shops available in the locality. Restaurants and shops coming soon.....

                                                                                                                                            The Beach Pub - Exmouth


We will bring you feature  articles  about the coastline and  news items about life in the coastal area. contributions to this section are welcome.

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