Make your way to Minehead if you want to see beauty in the great outdoors. This corner of Somerset marks the beginning of the South West Coast Path which loops its way around Cornwall and Devon for more than 600 miles to Poole Harbour in Dorset. It’s one of the great walks of the world. On top of that, you can delve into Exmoor National Park for stunning landscapes, peace and quiet and crystal clear skies for stargazers. As if that wasn’t enough, you have the beloved Butlins resort for your entertainment needs during your stay at our Minehead hotel, plus a fantastic food scene which ranges from fine dining to fish and chips on Minehead Beach.
Things to do in Minehead
Minehead is a haven for outdoor adventurers. The glorious Exmoor National Park is right on your doorstep offering the very best of the great outdoors during the day, and perfect skies for stargazing at night. The town marks the beginning of the world famous South West Coast Path, there’s also the National Trust owned Dunster Castle. Or, simply hit the sand with a day at Minehead Beach.
With so many great activity options for you to choose from, you’d be forgiven for thinking Minehead may be short in the entertainment stakes. However, with a fantastic local theatre not to mention the huge live shows on offer at Butlins there really is something to suit every age, taste and craving during your stay in Minehead. Take a look at our guide, see what’s on and head out for a great evening in Somerset.
Places to eat
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside gobbling up fish and chips like a walking talking giant seagull. When the mood strikes, hunt down our favourite chippy in all of Minehead. We’ve also picked out some great fine dining options, gastropubs, big breakfasts, authentic Italian eating and a corking curry house.
Join us on a drinking adventure around our favourite bars and pubs in the area. Along the way we’ll stop off at some great gastro options, including one particularly good Sunday roast. You’ll also learn about our local Wetherspoons and Lloyds bar where you can enjoy cheap drinks and late night dancing in the town centre.
While Minehead may be lacking any major shopping centres you can still put together a delightful shopping spree when the retail bug bites by heading to The Avenue, the main street in Minehead. It’s full of great independent options which you can follow to the beach with plenty of opportunities for picking up a souvenir. Horticulturalists will also want to pay a visit to the West Somerset Garden Centre for its huge selection of plants, gardening supplies, and gift ideas. There’s a great cafe on site if you get peckish or parched while perusing the aisles.
If you want to make the most of your stay in Minehead, it’s best to come by car. In part, that’s because the A39 passes through town and conveniently connects you to the M5 motorway. It’s mainly because so many of the town’s top activities, such as Exmoor National Park and Dunster Castle, are easiest to get to by road. Having said that, you don’t need a car; there are several local providers when it comes to Minehead taxis you can choose from during your stay. If you’re travelling by rail, you’ll arrive into Minehead Train Station that’s practically on the sand at the edge of the town centre. It’s a heritage railway which you’ll need to follow to Taunton before you can transfer to the rest of the country.