What to do and see in Minehead, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

December 20, 2017 Darwin Bolte

Minehead is a coastal town and civil parish in Somerset, England. It lies on the south bank of the Bristol Channel, 21 miles (34 km) north-west of the county town of Taunton, 12 miles (19 km) from the border with the county of Devon and in proximity of the Exmoor National Park. The parish of Minehead has a population of approximately 11,981 making it the most populous town in the West Somerset local government district, which in turn, is the worst area in the country for social mobility. This figure includes Alcombe and Woodcombe, suburban villages which have been subsumed into Minehead.
Restaurants in Minehead

1. Exmoor Photography Course

Marshfield Rd | Hillbrook, Minehead TA24 6AJ, England
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Exmoor Photography Course

Exmoor Photography Courses. We run half day and full day landscape, wildlife and bespoke photography courses on Exmoor National Park and in Somerset. Passionate About Photography Passionate about our customers flourishing with their photography. Do apertures, shutter speeds & ISO's baffle you? Does your camera have other settings that remain a mystery? Does Reading the manual just confuse you even more! Then this is the course for you. Professional photographer Rupert ‘Jack’ Clegg, assisted by Jamie Waters a very accomplished photographer himself, will instruct you. They will show you these settings and much more on your own camera while always explaining what they do. Your Photography Journey Starts Here. We are a local company run by local people, dedicated to sharing our love of Exmoor, it's stunning landscape and wildlife. Courses from £65.00 pp.

Reviewed By Gwyneth W - Guildford, United Kingdom

Once again Jack went over and above what was expected on my Exmoor Photography Work shop. I asked him to show me how to use the hidden secrets of my new bridge camera. Not only did he research my camera the evening before my course but on our return he spent time looking for the answer to something that he couldn't find out during our time together. Exmoor is a beautiful place and if you enjoy taking photos then book your course now and learn more from Jack. Thank you Jack for all that you taught me this time - I'll be back!

2. Dunster Castle

Dunster, Exmoor National Park, England +44 1643 821314
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Dunster Castle

Reviewed By fssutton1 - Ithaca, New York

We have been to quite a few castles/stately homes in the UK and Europe and without a doubt this was the best presented. We have also stayed at numerous castle hotels. This Castle could be a 5 star castle hotel as is. It is truly amazing inside and out and the general area this castle is in is very tranquil and beautiful. Make sure you take the time to visit the Gate House, the Crypt(which is not a crypt) and also walk into the adjacent town and make sure to see the Yarn Market structure which is right in the center of the village.

3. Dunkery Beacon

Exmoor National Park, Porlock, England
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Dunkery Beacon

Reviewed By LondonTell - London

On a circular walk getting their had good views across the Bristol Channel to Port Talbot puffing up stream and smoke. Meanwhile back on the summit it turned grim when we got there. We marked the walk up to do again on a better day. We came from the national trust car park east although you need good map Reading or GPS, it was in the OS walking map.

4. Cleeve Abbey

Cleeve Abbey Abbey Road, Washford, Watchet TA23 0PS, England +44 1984 640377
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Cleeve Abbey

Boasting the most impressively complete and unaltered set of monastic cloister buildings in England. Standing roofed and two storeys high, they include the gatehouse, the 15h century refectory with its glorious angel rood; unusual painted chamberand the floor of an earlier refectory. An exhibition and touch screen virtual tour tell the story of abbey life and a story bag is an ideal way for families to explore the site. Child friendly and dog friendly.

Reviewed By Daniel S - Essex

We're English Heritage members so popped by while we were passing this way.
To be clear, this is a really well maintained and cared for property; and it's very interesting to walk around and explore. There are a good number of rooms and some interesting features (the preserved tiled floor and painted room for example).
However, I would say that there isn't enough here to keep it interesting for very long. We spent the best part of an hour there and that was probably 15 minutes more than we needed.
This isn't a criticism of English Heritage; I don't know that there is anything that could be added to make it interesting for longer. This is more to say if you do visit, maybe have a few other things lined up for before/after.

5. West Somerset Railway

Minehead Station Warren Road, Minehead TA24 5BG, England
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West Somerset Railway

This scenic 20-mile rail tour from the Quantock Hills to the Bristol Channel coast recaptures the romantic era of steam rail travel.

Reviewed By NaomiEmily85 - Wem, United Kingdom

We happened to be passing by just as there was a steam gala! Absolutely amazing! We didn't ride on the trains but had a brilliant time looking at them all. The cafe at Minehead station is lovely too.

6. Dunster Working Watermill

7 Mill Lane, Dunster, Exmoor National Park TA24 6SW, England +44 1643 821759
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Dunster Working Watermill

Reviewed By susanjstratton84 - Taunton, United Kingdom

We have been to Dunster on numerous occasions and have made regular trips to the castle, but we hadn't ventured to the mill until this weekend. The staff member/volunteer who talked us through the intricacies of the mill was very polite and knowledgable and enhanced our visit. Don't forget to visit the mill the next time you visit the Castle.

7. Exmoor Adventures

The old Bus Garage, Porlock Weir, Exmoor National Park, Porlock TA24 8PE, England
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Exmoor Adventures

Exmoor Adventures provide a range of Outdoor Activities on Exmoor and the Quantock Hills. We cater for school, scout, stag, hen, family and corporate groups. Activities include mountain biking, kayaking, coasteering, canoeing, orienteering, rock climbing, tree climbing, stand-up paddle boarding, archery and more!

Reviewed By Alison R

Brilliant activity for Mum, Dad and teens or younger. We all enjoyed the afternoon thoroughly and felt accomplished to have learned new skills while having fun at the same time. We also felt that this activity was great value for the afternoon; all equipment was provided and of top quality, and our guide Ben was so patient and knowledgeable.

8. Somerset & Dorset Railway Museum

Washford Station, Watchet TA23 0PP, England +44 1984 640869
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Somerset & Dorset Railway Museum

Reviewed By mjw44 - Sevenoaks

It was raining so we decided to spend the day on train. We had to buy an all day senior Rover ticket at £18. The train does fish and chip tours and in the afternoon ....cream teas. We sat in a first class compartment on our own! Sometimes I would lean slightly out the window to capture the smell and the noise. I had tea and cake at the start, middle and end of the track!

9. South West Coast Path - Culver Cliff Woodland Walk

Quay West Car Park, Minehead TA24 5UN, England +44 1752 896237
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South West Coast Path - Culver Cliff Woodland Walk

An invigorating 1.3 mile climb on the South West Coast Path through mixed woodland, rich in wildlife and with magnificent views out across the Bristol Channel. The return route drops gently downhill along a Victorian drive built by the Luttrells of Dunster Castle. There is an optional adventurous detour for keen geologists if the tide is low.

Reviewed By countrygirlSomerset - Dulverton, United Kingdom

I've known this walk for over 40yrs, through different seasons and even on crutches!! First stretch of walk is easy going...here comes the crutches, park bench available! Further ahead is a winding steady uphill trek. With the most stunning of views of the Bristol Channel, harbour and area. Well worth the walk.

10. Dunster Yarn Market

High Street, Dunster, Exmoor National Park TA24 6SF, England
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Dunster Yarn Market

Reviewed By Lesleyannbarlow4845 - Dorchester, United Kingdom

As you walk along the High Street this circular building takes a prime position in the town High Street and it is interesting to read that it was the Yarn Market. Not a lot to see except for the beauty ofmthe building

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