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Things to See and Do

Minehead offers visitors a wide range of interesting and enjoyable things to do whether you’re into walking, surfing, wildlife, history, the arts or just a good cup of tea! Explore the map below to discover our area. If you are feeling adventurous, let us know! All of these places are within a 1 hour 15 minute drive from Minehead….

1. Woolacombe

3 mile beach, surfing, pubs, restaurants

2. Croyde

coastal village, sandy beaches, surfing, walking

3. Ilfracombe

seaside town, shopping, pubs, cafés, harbour, Landmark Theatre, Damien Hirst’s Verity sculpture

4. Barnstaple

highstreet shopping, indoor shopping centre, pannier market, cinema, theatre

5. Exmoor Zoo

fun day out for all the family, animals range from big cats, to exotic birds, reptiles and monkeys

6. Lynton

Victorian Cliff Railway to Lynmouth, cafés, coastal walks, Valley of the Rocks

7. Lynmouth

picturesque seaside village, tea rooms, gift shops, riverside walk to Watersmeet (National Trust)

8. Simonsbath

Walking through the heart of Exmoor, situated in a valley of the River Barle

9. Dunkery Beacon

highest point on Exmoor, scenic walking

10. Porlock Weir

pretty harbour along the South West coast path

11. Bossington Hill

walking on Exmoor with spectacular views

12. North Hill

plenty of walks and Exmoor wildlife, right behind Upcott’s property

13. Selworthy

countryside walks, Periwinkle Cottage Tea Room (National Trust)

14. Wimbleball Lake

picnic area, dam, water sports, fishing, high ropes, walking, cycling

15. Dunster

historic village, Dunster Castle (National Trust), yarn market, restaurants, tea rooms

16. Minehead

shopping, cafés, pubs, crazy golf, beach, harbour, coastal walks

17. The West Somerset Railway

steam railway running between Minehead and Bishop’s Lydeard

18. Blue Anchor

beach, Driftwood Café

19. Watchet

small town, gift shops, art galleries, cafés, pubs, harbour

20. Waverley Excursions

seasonal boat trips around the Bristol Channel, with departure points in Minehead and Watchet

21. Cleeve Abbey

English Heritage Medieval Monastry

22. Tropiquaria

small zoo with play areas, perfect day out for families with young children

23. Quantock Hills

designated area of outstanding natural beauty, variety of walks

24. Hestercombe Gardens

stunning formal and landscaped gardens with lots to see along the way

25. Taunton

highstreet shopping, cinema, bowling


Photography Acknowledgements:
Porlock Weir, Bossington Hill, Selworthy (Photographer: Colin Rowe), Dunster, Watchet, Cleeve Abbey, The Quantock Hills, Hestercombe and Taunton images supplied by kind permission of Somerset Tourism, Somerset County Council
Barnstaple photo: © BID Barnstaple
Croyde photo: © 2011 Roy Riley
Woolacombe, Ilfracombe & Lynton photos: ©
Dunkery photo: photography by Dan James © Exmoor National Park Authority
Wimbleball Lake photo: photography by Pete Rae © Exmoor National Park Authority
Waverly Excursions photo: © Waverly Excursions