Exmoor National Park really is a National Treasure.
This is the home of the famous Exmoor Ponies and the largest herd of Red Deer in England. There are 700 miles of paths and bridleways among the heather clad moors and ancient oak woodland valleys.
Britain's spectacular South West Coast Path runs all the way from Dorset to Minehead. You cannot fail to be disappointed whether you explore by car, coach, bike or on foot. If you enjoy riding you can hire locally a pony or horse - or bring your own!
Attractive and welcoming to thousands of visitors every year, Minehead has won national awards for its beautiful floral displays. The many flowers, popular sea front and tidy shopping area all combine to make a marvellous exploration base for getting out and about across the glorious Exmoor countryside.
Minehead is a sheltered corner beneath the dramatic North Hill and looks out across the broad expanse of the Bristol Channel. Little fishing boats adorn the pretty harbour where, in Summer, the famous preserved paddle steamer Waverley and the cruise ship Balmoral may offer you an exciting sea trip for the day.
Minehead sea defences are a major improvement to the seafront and provide a spacious promenade from which to access the sandy bathing beach and view the bay. At night, the promenade lighting creates a unique string of pearls effect.
A short walk from the sea front is Blenheim Park, famous for its floral displays. Tennis, cricket, squash, hockey. golf, bowls and putting are all available, and the area is superb for walking, horse riding and fishing.
Minehead Railway Station is the seafront terminus of Britain's longest preserved steam railway. 20 miles of the most beautiful West Somerset countryside, hidden pretty villages and picturesque seaside stations, all offering plenty to see and do, are brought to you from your railway carriage. Beyond the Harbour you will find the Lifeboat Station.
A Hard Day's Night, the first Beatles feature film with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, was shot on a train travelling between Paddington and Minehead in March 1964.
The scene with the boys running alongside the train was filmed at Crowcombe, which is now part of the West Somerset Railway.
Seaside & steam, buckets & spades - what more can you ask!
Not far from Minehead: Porlock