Visit Minehead and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Minehead, Somerset. Hidden within this resort of much gabled Victoriana and 20th-century. Tudor and sands so broad at low tide that the sea seems to disappear, is an exquisite village. It is on the face of the hill at the town's western end. A wide flight of tiled and cobbled steps leads up between red-stone or yellow-coloured cottages, which are mainly thatched with tall chimneys, to the big 14th- to 15th-century church. This contains much of interest, including an excellent screen (c. 1500), figured font (15th-century), early-17th-century pulpit, good modern wrought-iron and brass lectern, and a beautiful illuminated missal (c. 1400) in a glass case. The harbour area is also attractive: a row of former fishermen's cottages facing Quay Street with among them the little St Peter's Chapel which was originally a salt store. In Market House Lane, near the town centre, are some 1630 almshouses. The statue of Queen Anne (c. 1719) in Wellington Square is the work of Francis Bird. St Andrew's Church (late 19th-century) beside it was designed by G. E. Street.
During the Middle Ages and till the late 18th century, Minehead was an important port, both for fishing (herrings mainly) and trade (particularly with Wales and Ireland — wool, hides, cattle and coal especially). Great fires in 1791 and 1815, the disappearance of herrings from the area, and the silting up of its harbour brought slump. But early in the 19th century tourists began to arrive and in 1874 came the railway.
The town has an excellent climate. The top of North Hill to the West is moorland and affords fine walks and views over the sea and to Exmoor.
Bratton Court, 1 mile West, is a fine medieval manor house, visible through its gatehouse.
Nearby towns: Dulverton, Lynmouth, Taunton, Watchet
Nearby villages: Bicknoller, Blue Anchor, Bossington, Bratton, Brompton Ralph, Brompton Regis, Carhampton, Clatworthy, Culbone, Cutcombe, Dunster, Elworthy, Exford, Exton, Hawkridge, Luccombe, Luxborough, Oare, Porlock, Selworthy, St. Decumans, Stogumber, Timberscombe, Tolland, Treborough, Washford, West Myne, West Quantoxhead, Williton, Winsford, Withycombe, Withypool
Have you decided to visit Minehead or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Minehead bed and breakfast (a Minehead B&B or Minehead b and b)
- a Minehead guesthouse
- a Minehead hotel (or motel)
- a Minehead self-catering establishment, or
- other Minehead accommodation