On the M5 take Junction 25, then follow the A358 to Minehead and the A39

Minehead was the subject of a parody skit as the fictional target of a takeover in Monty Python's infamous "Mr. Hilter" sketch, where barely concealed caricatures of Hitler, von Ribbentrop and Heinrich Himmler conspire at a local rooming house. There, the "National Bocialist" party wish to unite Minehead and Taunton in a manner similar to the Anschluss between Germany and Austria in 1938.[46][47]

Perfect for a family seaside holiday, Minehead offers a long flat sandy beach, great for picnics and games – especially as the sand here is perfect for sandcastle building!

Early 19th Century Coaching Inn at the heart of Exmoor National Park.

Minehead’s picturesque harbour with its RNLI station and shop, also hosts summer pleasure boat cruises on the paddle steamer Waverley and motor vessel Balmoral.

Just a short stroll from the seafront is Blenheim Gardens, Minehead’s largest park, which opened in 1925.

Minehead also hosts many motorsport events including the Somerset Stages Rally which has been hosted in the area for years. There is also the Enduroland Quad and Motocross Event held in Bratton Woods.

There is a Farmers' Market in the Parade every Friday from 8.30 am to 2 pm, with a wide range of reasonably priced local produce.[43]

Rail: Find Taunton train services and times www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk

Minehead is located on the Bristol Channel coast of South West England, and thus experiences one of the highest tidal ranges in the world. The tidal rise and fall in the Bristol Channel can be as great as 14.5 m (48 ft),[19] second only to the Bay of Fundy in Eastern Canada.[20][21]

The town's location—sea to the north and Exmoor to the south—means that transport links are limited. Minehead is located on the A39 road.

Oldway Garden Annexe is a beautiful stand alone ensuite bedroom located in one acre of...

It can be accessed from the road or the quaint Church Steps, which is a footpath between thatched cottages, with stunning views across the town.

From here you can experience a wide variety of day trips on the beautifully restored railway engines and carriages, visiting picturesque stations as you wind your way through the Somerset countryside.

Lovely spacious self catering cottage near Dunster, Somerset in Exmoor National Park

Blenheim Gardens, which is Minehead’s largest park, was opened in 1925.[6] The bandstand within the park is used to host musical events.[23]

St. Audries Bay Holiday Club on the Somerset Coast at the foot of the Quantock Hills....

St Michael's parish church contains a number of historical highlights, including an impressive late medieval rood screen and rood stair, and an attractive stained glass window designed by Sir Henry Holiday. The view from the churchyard of the surrounding hills and coastline is breathtaking.

And new for 2016, is the added attraction of The Big Wheel on Minehead Seafront.  Open from 10am - 8pm.

The South West Coast Path National Trail starts at a marker, erected in Minehead in 2001, partly paid for by the South West Coast Path Association. The UK's longest long-distance countryside walking trail, it runs along the South West Coast to Poole in Dorset.[25]

Court Farm Holiday Cottages, Exford in the heart of Exmoor National Park are ideal for...

Here you will also find the Regal Theatre, with its year round programme of entertainment.

In Minehead, there are two first schools, one middle school[30] and an upper school, West Somerset Community College, which provides education for 1298 students between the ages of 13 and 18.[31] In 2006 there was debate about changing West Somerset's 3-tier school system to a 2-tier system to match the rest of Somerset and the majority of education authorities in the UK.

If you are visiting the area we are pleased to recommend Marsdens Cottage Holidays who offer a number of Minehead cottages for self-catering, including cottages for couples to cottages for large groups of friends and family. They also have a great selection of pet and dog-friendly accommodation.

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Nestled at the foothills of Exmoor National Park and overlooking the historic Minehead...

These beautiful gardens are open all year with a bandstand and wide variety of free entertainment during the summer months.

Just a short drive, walk or bus journey from Minehead is the National Trust’s Dunster Castle, with its breath taking views over Exmoor and the Bristol Channel.

Airport: 52 miles from Exeter International Airport; 51 miles from Bristol International Airport

The town hosts the annual Minehead and Exmoor Festival, a week-long classical music festival that has been running since 1963.[44] Richard Dickins has held the post of artistic director for the festival since 1982.

Stockleigh Lodge is situated on the outskirts of the village of Exford, which is the...

Lower Rodhuish is set in Exmoor National Park, half Crown Estate and half family owned....

Anglers can book trips on the coastal fishing boats too.

Visit the magnificent castle to discover how it has developed from a feudal stronghold to a family home. 


Self catering cottages and lodges on the edge of Exmoor National Park,Minehead, Somerset...

"The purple headed mountain, The river running by, The sunset and the morning, That brightens up the sky;−" Refers to Grabbist Hill and the River Avill that runs near it through the popular tourist location Snowdrop Valley on Exmoor

It is considered the Northern Gateway to Exmoor and is the area’s largest town.

Minehead has on several occasions played host to the Britain's Strongest Man contest, most recently in 2004,[55] and since 2006 the Butlin's Resort has been one of the venues for the World Wrestling Entertainment's UK winter tour.[56] In 2010 stage four of the Tour of Britain cycling race started in Minehead.[57]

Local bus services are operated by Webberbus (seven routes), First Somerset & Avon (three routes), and Quantock Motor Services (two routes).

The civil parish of Minehead is governed by a town council, which was created in 1983. In 2002, the parish was estimated to have a population of 10,330. Administratively, Minehead has been part of the West Somerset local government district since 1974, having previously been Minehead Urban District.[17] The district is in turn part of the Somerset shire county, and administrative tasks are shared between county, district and town councils.[1]