The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Home cooked food served 'River Cottage' style. Banger night (the sausage variety) is every Tuesday with other themed evenings and live music on Fridays. Seating is available outside and there is a car park.
Also known as the Strand, Minehead Beach is one of Somerset's most well known stretches of coast. With its iconic headland, this sand and shingle beach is a favourite amongst families. Enjoy the convenience of this well-provisioned beach, explore the abundance of rock pools and build a mighty sand castle fort. Popular as it is, it can become quite busy in the peak seasons.
Take in the heritage, fauna, flora and dramatic scenery of the South West around 630 miles of achingly beautiful coast path. Traversing four counties, you can trace some of the best routes in the country and experience first-hand the beauty of this amazing part of the world.
Minehead is in the heart of the area known as the Somerset Riviera, a string of resorts that perfectly sum up the traditional English seaside. The classic seafront area has everything you want from a coastal town – benches from which to savour the view, palm trees, extravagant floral displays and plenty of green spaces. Children are in heaven here with a beach made for bucket and spade action, and with Exmoor just a short hop away, there is plenty of opportunity to explore the great outdoors.
Take a trip back to an era of steam and soak up the atmosphere of bygone days. Twenty miles of track wends its way through the Somerset scenery from Bishops Lydeard, northwards below the Quantock Hills to the coast at Watchet and Blue Anchor, arriving at the end of the line at the seaside holiday town of Minehead. Stop off along the way to explore one of the restored stations, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
Minehead to Watchet and back - great experience and well worth the price, especially as we were able to take the dogs with us (at a small additional cost)
From minehead to blue anchor
A great experience, the children loved the railway. To get the best value for money, we just did minehead to blue anchor (20 mins each way). It was enough for the children, and we played on the beach at blue anchor and had ice cream before getting the train back.
Only two and half miles from Bumble Bee Barn. A very good day out for adults and children.
What a treat!
Perfect for a family outing, an amazing trip back in time.
From Minehead to Dunster and back.
Walking along the coast from Minehead towards Dunster and looking inland you might be lucky enough to spot a telltale trail of steam in the distance billowing across the countryside, you can even smell it if the wind is blowing in the right direction. A short walk brings you to the picturesque West Somerset Railway station at Dunster where you feel you have stepped back in time; with vintage signage and signals, luggage trolleys and even your boarding ticket looks as it might have done. Take the opportunity to sit in the rose garden and enjoy a savoury cream tea at the Victorian tea rooms in Dunster village before boarding the fantastic steam train back to Minehead.
Encapsulating a thousand years of history in its walls, Dunster Castle has many a story to tell. Wander around and learn all about its past. Perched high on a richly wooded hillside, the castle boasts magnificent views over Somerset countryside and beautiful walks in the surrounding parklands and gardens. Intrigue extends underground too, with and old Victorian reservoir open to the public.
A great day at the castle
Being a National Trust member, it's a great day out. Activities for the children, and garden walk great as well as the castle. There's an activity pack for them in the castle. Nice picnic area too. Beautiful castle.
In the centre of medieval Dunster you’ll find this friendly, characterful inn serving delicious local food. Its history dates it back to the 16th Century, so it really evokes the traditional charm of the area. There are options for a wide range of dietary requirements, but make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Friendly service, generous portions
Having had several experiences of poor service and downright hostility in some Exmoor pubs, we were very relieved to find a warm welcome at The Stag's Head. Friendly service, great Ploughman's and Exmoor Ale - perfect combination.
There is great local pride in this shop which offers local products from a variety of suppliers, all made on Exmoor.
A cycle ride across Exmoor is an experience not to be missed. There are an abundance of trails to suit different abilities, making this a great opportunity for a family adventure.
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