Things to do in Minehead
Minehead, in Somerset, is an idyllic coastal town in South West England, on the edge of Exmoor National Park. Most travellers know this town is famous for the stunning views of its beaches and the soaring cliffs that tower over them. With miles of gorgeous coast and many things to do and see, Minehead will keep visitors busy for days on end.
Minehead is the ideal town to visit on a stay with us on a memory-making break at Doniford Bay Holiday Park. Below, we've outlined the best attractions in Minehead, so you can decide what you want to do during your stay here in Somerset!
1. Minehead Beach
No visit to any coastal town is complete without checking out the local beach. Minehead beach is a mile-long stretch of sand and pebbles with picnic benches and barbecues. The water is shallow for some distance from the shoreline, which makes it popular with families.
It's also one of the prettiest beaches in Minehead. The sandy beach is flanked by a pedestrian promenade along with shady trees and rock pools to explore at low tide. The sea views are stunning from any point along its length, and it's a great place for a picnic or family day out. One of the biggest draws is that it's free, so you can spend your hard-earned cash on ice creams from the seaside restaurants instead!
2. Blenheim Gardens
If you're exploring Minehead, you should definitely visit Blenheim Gardens. It's one of the top attractions in the town, and it's easy to reach from most of the hotels. Apart from having acres of landscaped gardens with trees that were planted over 200 years ago, they also have a bowling green and croquet lawns.
The visitor centre has exhibitions on gardening and outdoor living as well as an audio-visual presentation on the history of the house. They also offer guided tours around the house which include being shown inside, where there are original pieces of furniture, paintings by Van Dyck and other important works by members of Europe's leading families who lived here for generations.
3. The Golden Retriever Experience
Are you a dog lover? The Golden Retriever Experience is an interactive attraction where your family can meet (and cuddle!) a pack of Golden Retrievers. You can take part in an agility course with the dogs or even learn how to do some tricks yourself.
It's great fun and interaction for the dogs, and the kids will love it.
4. Minehead Eye Skatepark
Get ready for some nice adrenaline-seeking sessions by exploring one of Minehead's best activity centres - the Minehead Eye Skatepark. This is one attraction that visitors can't afford to miss. Situated in the heart of town, this well-designed skate park is abuzz with activities. From skating to climbing, special events to youth education, Minehead Eye is the perfect place to wind up your day or weekend.
The skate park provides facilities for beginners as well as experienced riders. Whilst visitors have no doubt seen skate parks before, they will be pleasantly surprised by the spacious design and large concrete bowl that sits proudly at one end of the space. There are also plenty of obstacles and street elements to keep you entertained, too, making it great for all levels of ability.
5. Minehead Museum and Railway Station
This attraction will appeal to everyone who visits. With a collection of local history exhibits, such as a model of the iconic Edwardian Pier, this museum is always bustling with visitors all year. If you want to learn about the history of Minehead and its surrounding areas, this is the perfect place to start. Admission is free, but visitors are welcome to make donations.
Ride the childhood memory-making West Somerset Steam Railway from Minehead station to learn even more about the history of the area.
6. The Regal Theatre
Are you a fan of the performing arts? Minehead has got just the right place for you. Built in 1934, The Regal Theatre is one of the most famous theatres in Somerset.
The theatre offers a whole variety of shows in the 410-seat auditorium, including drama, ballet, comedy plays and musicals, which are sure to give you an unforgettable experience. The Regal Theatre hosts a number of shows weekly, so be sure to check out their website to see upcoming shows. Tickets can be purchased from the website or from their box office in the morning. Don't forget to grab a cold beer at the bar before your show starts!