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Minehead is a coastal town found in the North West of the county of Somerset in England. The town is home to the family-favourite Butlins holiday park, and as a result features a number of great beach attractions, including a beautiful beach for summer activities. Other attractions include the terminus of the West Somerset Railway and the Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club, which is Somerset's oldest golf club, established in 1882.

There are a variety of sailing and wind surfing activities that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. In addition, there are many other attractions and amusement arcades as well as a number of high street stores in which to enjoy some retail therapy.


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The town is also the starting point of the South West Coast Path National Trail, which is the nation's longest long-distance countryside walking trail. The Trail starts at Minehead and runs round the South West Coast to Poole in Dorset.

West Somerset Railway, Station Terrace, Minehead TA24 5BG (01643) 704996
Once part of the former Great Western Railway; the West Somerset Railway runs for just over 19 miles and takes in the Quantock Hills and Exmoor.
Operating a fleet of historic steam locomotives between the towns of Minehead and Bishops Lydeard, it is the longest privately-owned railway in Great Britain.

Dunster Castle, Dunster, near Minehead TA24 6SL (01643) 823004
Dunster Castle was a gift from William the Conqueror to the Mohun family in the 11th Century, and stayed in their possession for almost 300 years.
The Luttrell family then made it their family home until as recently as 1976, when the National Trust took over its maintenance and opened it to the public.



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