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Minehead Town in Somerset

Photograph of Minehead


Minehead is a coastal resort at the eastern end of the Exmoor National Park in West Somerset.

There has been some sort of continuous human habitation here since the Bronze Age and it was held by Ælfgar, Earl of Mercia prior to the Norman Conquest of 1066. By the end of the 14th century there was a small port at Minehead that grew into an important trading centre. Products were mainly traded across the Bristol Channel with South Wales with cattle, sheep, wool, butter and fish being sold in return for coal.

Minehead today is a mix of Edwardian architecture and modern buildings and is still an important seaside resort with Butlin's Minehead dominating the centre of the town.

Nearby points of interest include Dunster, Exmoor, Porlock and Watchet. It is a also a terminus for the West Somerset Railway from Bishops Lydeard near Taunton. Minehead and its surrounding area has a population of just over 10,000.

Tourist Information

The nearest source of local information is available from Minehead Visitor Information Centre.

Events near Minehead

Thu, 23 Aug (ca. 17 km)

The Exmoor Pony Centre: August Activity Afternoon

Fri, 24 Aug (ca. 0 km)

Minehead Country Market

Fri, 31 Aug (ca. 0 km)

Minehead Country Market

Fri, 7 - Sun, 09 Sep (ca. 15 km)

Stogumber Festival

Fri, 14 Sep (ca. 0 km)

Minehead Country Market

Fri, 21 Sep (ca. 0 km)

Minehead Country Market

Fri, 28 Sep (ca. 0 km)

Minehead Country Market

Fri, 5 Oct (ca. 0 km)

Minehead Country Market

Fri, 12 - Sun, 21 Oct (ca. 8 km)

The Two Moors Festival

Fri, 12 Oct (ca. 0 km)

Minehead Country Market

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Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Minehead, Dunster, Exmoor and Wheddon Cross.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Minehead, Blue Anchor, Porlock and Dulverton.

Nearby Attractions




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