Explore the area

Places to visit near Doniford Bay

Somerset's rural charm enchants its visitors – as do the quiet sandy beaches, the famous local cheeses and scrumptious ciders and the wild, moody landscapes of Exmoor. For a relaxed, unwinding, uncrowded family holiday with so much to see and explore, Somerset is a great choice. A richly rewarding corner of the country renowned for its winding country lanes, thatched cottages and stunning villages.

Lots to see and do

Our top picks

There are lots of fabulous places to visit, using Haven holiday parks as your base. From beautiful beaches and landscapes to places of interest like historical sites and nature trails, or attractions like theme parks and wildlife parks - there are choices to suit the whole family. Check out our top picks.
Doniford Beach

Beaches

Doniford Beach

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Doniford Beach is a mud and sand beach, great for rock pooling; this is a good place to look for fossils. Please note: tides here are fast to rise and the mud can be thick.

Address:

Doniford Beach, Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0UG

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: Less than a mile from Doniford Bay
Dunster Village

Places of interest

Dunster

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Dunster is a medieval village in stunning surroundings, centred around a small castle.

Address:

Dunster, Somerset, TA24 6SL

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 8 miles from Doniford Bay
Scenic view of Dunster Castle

Attractions

Dunster Castle

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Dunster Castle is dramatically sited on a wooded hill, and the impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower is a reminder of its turbulent history. The castle boasts spectacular views toward the Bristol channel, the Quantock hills, and up to the moors of Exmoor.

Address:

Dunster Castle, Dunster, Nr Minehead, Somerset, TA24 6SL

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 9 miles from Doniford Bay
Exmoor National Park

Places of interest

Exmoor National Park

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This beautiful park is great to explore on foot, with over 1,000km of footpaths and bridleways, and sightings of wild red deer and ponies. You can also enjoy horse riding, cycling, climbing, canoeing and fishing.

Address:

Dunster National Park Centre, Dunster, West Somerset, TA24 6SE

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 8 miles from Doniford Bay
Ring-tailed Lemur sitting on a rock

Attractions

Tropiquaria Zoo

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Tropiquaria Animal and Adventure Park is a great day out for all the family. Hold a snake or creepy crawly in the Tropical Hall, see the great puppet show, meet the animals, and play on the full-size pirate ship or in the indoor Play Castle.

Address:

Tropiquaria Zoo, Washford Cross, Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0QB

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 3 miles from Doniford Bay
West Somerset Steam Railway

Attractions

West Somerset Steam Railway

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Take a journey of discovery, relive your childhood, or simply sit back and relax as you travel along one of Britain's best and longest Heritage Railways.

Address:

West Somerset Railway, The Railway Station, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5BG

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 10 miles from Doniford Bay
Exterior of Forde Abbey and Gardens

Attractions

Forde Abbey and Gardens

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The fantastic abbey dates from the 12th century with 30 acres of award-winning gardens and the highest powered fountain in the country. See the renowned Mortlake tapestries, visit the walled kitchen garden or plant nursery, and enjoy lunch or homemade cakes in the vaulted tea rooms.

Address:

Forde Abbey and Gardens, Chard, Somerset, TA20 4LU

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:

38 miles from Burnham-on-Sea

37 miles from Doniford Bay

Boy and girl at the seashore

Beaches

Dunster North West Beach

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A large sand and shingle beach, great for coastal walks. In parts you can drive your car on to the beach. Activities available such as Mini Golf and Fishing.

Address:

Dunster North West, Dunster, Somerset, TA24 6TH

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions
Dogs not allowed on certain areas of the beach
Distance from park: 10 miles from Doniford Bay
2 Boys playing by the seashore

Beaches

Dunster South East Beach

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A large sand and shingle beach, great for coastal walks. In parts you can drive your car on to the beach. Activities available such as Mini Golf and Fishing.

Address:

Dunster South East Beach, Dunster, Somerset, TA24 6TH

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions: Dogs are not allowed on certain parts of the beach
Distance from park: 10 miles from Doniford Bay
Family fun by the sea

Beaches

Watchet Harbour/Shore

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Explore this rocky shore that is exposed for fossil hunting at low tide. Here you can hop on a boat trip to see even more.

Address:

Watchet Harbour, Somerset, TA23 0DG

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 2 miles from Doniford Bay
Father and daughter running along the shoreline

Beaches

Blue Anchor West Beach

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A sand and shingle beach great for finding fossils. Be aware of the very fast tides.

Address:

Blue Anchor West Beach, Dunster, Somerset, TA24 6LD

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 5 miles from Doniford Bay
Boats docked at Porlock Weir

Places of interest

Porlock Weir

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Porlock Weir is a picturesque hamlet, once a busy port, is a peaceful and delightful harbour for yachts and fishing boats. Situated along the South West Coast Path, Porlock Weir is also a good starting point for walks to Porlock Marsh and Culbone - home to England's smallest church.

Address:
 
Porlock Visitor Centre, West End, Porlock, Somerset, TA24 8QD
Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 17 miles from Doniford Bay