minehead is a great place to live except i dont do trains or hitchiking that would be like watching me nan knitting so thats that out the window for starters.theres nice places to eat and drink in and out of town nice beach butlins that does good for the trade in town and if your in a motor thers plenty of nice places to zipp off to visit.the town is ok folks great safe and sound its probley safer than butlins.chilled out town theres no muggins or people getting shot and all that old rollocks get drunks all over the shop even iam now can't you tell by my spelling lol
Minehead is a small coastal town in the South West of England, in Somerset. From the beach you can see across the Bristol Channel to Wales. Is is a good destination for hikers because there is a coastal path which goes on for 360 miles across the national park all the way to Dorset. Along the way is beautiful scenery. In the summer there are trips to Lundy Island by the Waverly or Balmoral. There is also a steam train which can take you to Bishops Lydread. These are about the only good things.
I have lived in Minehead for 5 years now and although there are some nice places to go, i find it a boring place with more bad than good. The majority of locals i find to be very rude. The road to Taunton is dangerous and has a lot of casualties each year, not a good place to drive. In the summer Butlins is open for cheap weekends which brings in a lot of drunks. And when butlins isnt open throughout the winter months the town is dead and a lot of the shops close. There is also Blenheim Gardens where there are druggies and it isnt a welcoming place for the elderly who might like to go and read a book. The jobs in are hard to come by and are often only minimum wage. I would not reccomend it as a place to live or visit. Having lived here for long enough, i cannot wait to relocate to a nicer place where people have manners.
MINEHEAD = NOT WORTH A VISIT!
Minehead is a coastal town located in the South West of England. The town lies at the top end of the Bristol Channel and is in the county of Somerset. Minehead has a population of just over ten thousand people, however due to this being a popular spot for tourists it can get much busier in the summer months. There is some stunning scenery in this area, Exmoor National Park is close by and this is a beautiful place that attracts many visitors. There has been a port at Minehead for over six hundred years and for a long period of time this was a major port in the South of England. Now most of the trade has moved on to larger towns and cities but the port is still used for a few different purposes.
If you are planning a trip to Minehead and want somewhere to stay then you have plenty of choice. When it comes to hotels there are quite a few to choose from, some of the larger more well established ones include The Northfield Hotel (Best Western) and Glendower House. These both have good reputations for nice rooms and good service. There are also a few small bed and breakfasts and some guesthouses in the town. There is also a Butlins holiday park in Minehead. This is ideal for families as there is lots to keep children entertained and there is entertainment on in the evenings. There are also lots of privately owned holiday homes in this area which are ideal if you are looking for self catering accommodation.
Minehead is a good place to visit for a wander round the shops. There are plenty of practical shops aimed at locals, things like supermarkets and chemists, but there are also quite a few shops aimed at tourists. The Castle Gate Gallery and the Millwheel Gallery are both interesting places to look round and sample some of the local art work. There are also a few good antique shops that are great for browsing round. There are also a few shops selling local crafts and gifts and other souvenirs from the area, these are sometimes seasonal shops so you may find they are closed in the summer months.
There are a few nice attractions around Minehead. The Exmoor Falconry & Animal Farm is a great place to visit with the children, they have some great displays here and it really is a good day out. There is also Dunster castle which is situated in a beautiful woodland area and is well worth a look round. The beach is also a big attraction, a long stretch of golden sand is ideal for families, the sea tends to be quite calm as the Bristol Channel protects the beach from the Atlantic, this means there are ideal conditions for windsurfing and other water sports.
Minehead really is a great town that people have been visiting for many years. There are some excellent attractions in this area and some wonderful scenery. If you have never had the opportunity of visiting this town then you are missing out, next time you think about paying Somerset a visit make sure you give Minehead a visit.
Minehead you either love it or hate it. It is nestled on the edge of the bristol estuary and at the foot of Exmoor. Minehead is famous for Butlins which can be found at the end of the town and the building is nicknamed by the locals as an upside down cow. If you see it you know what I mean. The shops consist mainly of grockle shops ( the somerset word for tourist) with a few good ones in there on the main street. It is a mix of archtectiture as you have an victorian influence and you have the older part of Minehead where the harbour is located with the Church Steps. The name minehead orignates from the welsh name meaning mountain. On may bank holiday weekend they have an event called the hobby horse which starts at daylight with a procession which is not funny being woken up at 4am with a procession. This is what started off years and years ago to stop Minehead being invaded the locals would act nutty and that would ward people off. This happens every year. Minehead does have some great tourist attractions the wonderful west somerset railiway ends here and the beach which consists of imported sand mixed in with the mud and stone. The eating places are mixed plenty of tourist pubs but there is a great italian on one of the side streets. The countryside around Minehead is very pretty and it is worth a trip just to see the views.
Being only 24 miles from Taunton (where I used to live), Minehead is place I've visited many times. I've also cycled there (once) just after I left school - not something I'd do again as there are plenty of very steep hills on the way there.
My last visit was about 9 years ago, before moving down to Plymouth. It hasn't changed much over the years - other than they finally put some sand on the beach. It has a few shops on the sea front and Butlins at the far end, which can be accessed from either end of the sea front by car. The main street is covered with touristy type shops selling buckets and spades etc, and for those that are interested (not many I know) a Hornby specialist toy shop - yes I used to buy them, and why I went there 9 years ago!
During the 1960's the Taunton branch line was among many that were dismantled, however, there is a steam railway that runs from Bishops Lydeard (about 6 miles from Taunton) to Minehead, and I have known a 125 about 9 years ago go from Taunton to Minehead. It's something I'd like to see more of - old lines being reopened, but that's a personal choice.
I'm not very impressed with Minehead, but it provides easy access to Exmoor, Porlock, Lynton and Lynmouth (and Valley of the Rocks) and the North Devon coastline - Ilfracombe, Barnstaple etc.
The bus station is very close to the sea front and there is a regular service to Taunton. I'm afraid this is one location I can't recommend, but it will certainly be beneficial for exploring.
The coastal town of Minehead is situated on a cove surrounded by hills. This is a very pleasant setting for a nice seaside town. As you walk along the seafront there is a new, clean feel to the whole area. A new sea defence scheme has recently been completed by the Environment Agency, which cost £13.5 million and included a new sea wall. The West Somerset District Council then spent another £1 million on the seafront with new lighting, seats and benches, trees, sculptures, better access and overall this has given a very modern feel to the whole promenade area. The beach is a mixture of large sandy areas and some stony areas. It was all very clean and the water looked very clean and clear. Behind the seafront there is a compact shopping area with a good collection of interesting, small independent shops and a good selection of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. The whole of Minehead had a very clean feel to it and obviously the town is very well looked after. At the north end of the town is the Butlins Holiday Centre. Although this does look very large it seems to stand on its own and does not interfere with the rest of the town. In the centre of the town is the West Somerset Railway. Unfortunately we did not have the time to take a trip on the railway, but we did have the opportunity to see a wonderful steam engine as it took out a train from this station. The railway runs for 19 miles and uses a collection of steam engines and vintage diesel trains. At the southern end of the town is the harbour. As you walk along the seafront towards the harbour you feel that you are leaving all of the hustle and bustle behind you and moving towards a much slower pace of life. We went to the harbour at twilight and the whole setting seemed to have such a relaxed atmosphere to it. Small boats were returning from fishing trips and the conversations seemed non-stop as the men were leaving the boats, I suppose they were reminisci
ng about the ‘ones that got away’. Along the harbour wall other fishermen were casting their lines out into the incoming tide in the hope of catching some fresh sea fish. A small cabin at the side of the harbour was selling fishing tackle and also hot drinks and snacks. This was obviously an important centre for the fishermen and you could imagine that many long stories had been exchanged here. Minehead is a very pleasant town and although we only spent one day there, I know that we will return for a longer stay as we were very impressed by the town. It is also very well placed for exploring the nearby villages and moors, in particular Exmoor. The recent investment on the seafront has modernised the promenade area, without losing the charm of the small town. It does seem to be a town that is very suitable for people of many different interests and all ages.