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Minehead Travel Guide

The town centre is small and compact with tree lined avenues and great floral displays in the summer. Whilst essentially a tourist resort the town’s shopping is not all ‘kiss me quick’ hats and buckets and spades. Minehead is home to that uniquely British institution, the ‘holiday camp’, Butlin’s on the edge of the town, is a popular family resort and is also open to day visitors.

The West Somerset Railway based at the towns railway station runs 22 miles through some beautiful rural landscapes.

Out of town Exmoor, with its Thelwell like ponies, and the Quantock hills are close by popular walking, hiking, horse riding destinations. Dunster has a magnificent 13th century castle and the octagonal Yarn Market in the centre of the village. The picture postcard harbour village of Watchet is well worth a visit too, as is the National Trust managed Cleeve Abbey.

Minehead is very much a summer resort and most of the best entertainment takes place then, there are however a couple of clubs open year round and some very lively pubs. Not noted as a gastronomic oasis there are some excellent restaurants in the surrounding villages.

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