Visitor Guide to Minehead in West Somerset

A settlement has existed at Minehead since before the Domesday book of 1087, where we first find written evidence. Following the Norman Conquest a large manor which included Minehead was sold in 1375 to the Luttrell family who have owned it until quite recent times.
The town gradually grew, its main business being wool and shipping. In 1559 Minehead became a parliamentary borough with 2 members at Westminster.  
A huge fire destroyed much of the town in 1791. 
The 19th Century saw a major growth in transport links and Minehead became a prosperous holiday resort. New stone buildings, gas lighting, piped water and pavements were all developed in the mid 1800's.  
In 1874 the railway arrived in Minehead. More expansion took place to accommodate the new visitors and bathing machines and donkeys on the beach made for a lively promenade.  By the turn of the Century the centre of Minehead looked much as it does today.

Today, Minehead is one of Somerset's busiest holiday resorts with many amenities providing a wide range of holidays.  The wide sandy beach is linked to the town centre by the colourful, tree-lined Avenue.
The town won the coveted Britain in Bloom in 1995 and 1997 and its floral displays are a special feature every year.  Blenheim Gardens in the centre of town are the venue for regular summer band concerts (see below). 
Other attractions include sea cruises, West Somerset Steam Railway, Butlin's Somerwest World and funfair, Aquasplash Leisure Pool, seafront and entertainment centres. 
The South West Coastpath starts on the seafront and there are many good walks from the town.  The town is surrounded inland by the Exmoor National Park. Indeed, the town is often referred to as "The Gateway to Exmoor".


Admission Free
All concerts take place on the bandstand in Blenheim Gardens
All Saturday concerts take place between 2pm and 4pm
All Sunday concerts take place at 11am and 3pm, unless otherwise stated
All performances subject to weather conditions

further details can be found here
Minehead Hotels, B&B,
Minehead Holiday Cottages

Public Transport
OS map of Minehead

North Hill and Minehead beach
The beach and sea wall, North Hill in the background

Minehead from Highertown
Looking East over Highertown and Minehead

Accommodation in Minehead

Marston Lodge Hotel on North Hill in Minehead
The hotel is an impressive and elegant, Edwardian gentleman's residence built circa 1900, which retains much of its original character and style.
Amongst the first private residences built on Minehead's scenic North Hill it enjoys panoramic views from most of its comfortable and bright en-suite bedrooms over the town, the spectacular beaches and the Steam Railway.
Farthing Cottage Self-catering cottage
A beautifully presented 2 bedroomed cottage with secure off-road parking.
Centrally located in Minehead and only 10 minutes walk to beach and steam trains. Lovely views to North Hill.
Fully inclusive of all linen, towels, heating etc. No hidden charges. No Pets. Enclosed property ideal for children. No smoking.
Woodcombe Lodges    Self catering near Minehead
4 Star lodges and cottages sleeping 2 to 12 situated in our beautiful 3 acre garden. Facing south with glorious views on the edge of the Exmoor National Park.   Just one and half miles from the coast, and Minehead harbour, as well as the shops, restaurants and hotels of Minehead.
Cedar House    B and B and Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Old Cleave village
Cedar House is a fine Edwardian country house offering superb bed & breakfast and self catering accommodation. Set in 1.5 acres of gardens with ample parking, its location has stunning views of the Brendon Hills, Exmoor and the sea.  There are 2 double and 1 twin B&B bedrooms with ETC 4 Diamond grading.  Also 3 detached self catering cottages in the grounds which sleep 2 or 4.
Situated on the edge of the unspoilt village of Old Cleeve, Cedar House is ideally placed for visits to all the regions attractions including Minehead, Dunster and Blue Anchor Bay, all of which are linked by the West Somerset Steam Railway.  Cedar House is ideal for those seeking a peaceful and relaxing break.

Public Transport for Minehead

THE BEST bus map linked to timetables is at the Devon CC website here - www.devon.gov.uk

18 Taunton/Bishops Lydeard/Williton/Watchet/Dunster/Minehead
28 Taunton/Bishops Lydeard/Williton/Watchet/Dunster/Minehead
39 Porlock Weir/Porlock/Minehead
300 Minehead/Porlock/Lynton/Lynmouth
399 Dulverton/Wheddon Cross/Dunster/Minehead (certain journeys operate via Exford)

Timetables & all public transport services/route planning can be accessed here: www.travelinesw.com

The only train service is provided by the West Somerset Railway (Station is behind the seafront at the bottom of The Avenue). Services to Dunster, Watchet, Williton, Donniford, Stogumber, Crowcombe and Bishops Lydeard (for Taunton via 3 mile bus link)

Minehead Internet Links:

Butlins in Minehead: http://www.butlinsonline.co.uk/resorts/minehead/
Minehead Town Council  http://www.minehead.co.uk/