The coastal town of Minehead, originally mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1087, derives from Celtic origins similar to the Welsh word for mountain- mynydd. This refers to the eminence of North hill, which shelters the town on one side, directly next to the sea. Through growing transport links and infrastructure improvements in the 19th century,
Minehead developed into a bustling holiday resort. Today it still holds this attraction, as a delightful seaside town, in addition to providing an excellent base for exploring Exmoor and the surrounding countryside.
One of the first things that you will probably notice is how colourful Minehead is - beautiful floral displays are mounted throughout the town with hundreds of plants and baskets. It is not surprising that Minehead has won several awards for its ornate flower exhibits.
In the town centre you will find a host of shops including many gift and specialist shops, as well as a number of good restaurants and cafes catering for all tastes and budgets.
Minehead offers many more leisure activities: from a trip to the Regal Theatre to the Aqua Splash Leisure Centre or if you are looking for a range of facilities then go to the newly vamped Butlins at the Eastern end of the Promenade which offers day passes allowing use of the amenities there. Alternatively take a stroll along the elegant promenade and soak up some of the stunning views out to sea beyond the wide sweeping beach.
Although there has been much regeneration and building of new houses in Minehead much of the town centre has retained its historic charm with many Victorian and Edwardian buildings still remaining.
On the slopes of North Hill, and in Old Alcombe, a number of ancient long-standing thatched cottages still remain. One houses the Alcombe Museum worth a visit with its historic displays including Victorian schoolroom and period costumes, with a riverside garden and picnic area.
Nearby places of interest are Exmoor, Taunton, and the beautiful village of Porlock.