For some of the UK's finest coastline, with real, rugged rocks head to the west of Minehead
Things To Do
Be a part of The Great Crane Project – in the sense of giant birds rather than machines – by going on a Crane Safari. Join members of the project team who are reintroducing these wetland birds to their former home. You’ll radio track the cranes across the Somerset Levels and Moors then discover the bizarre way in which the chicks are reared. The safaris run from mid-November to mid-March.
Drop in to RNAS Yeovilton where you can visit the Fleet Air Arm Museum to discover the fascinating story of the Royal Naval Air Service. Experience life on board an aircraft carrier; discover the pioneers of early naval aviation and step inside the first British Concorde.
Be prepared to be spooked by the Wookey Witch, or watch yourself change shape in the Magical Mirror Maze when you visit the Wookey Hole Caves and Attractions in Somerset. See the Wookey 4D Experience – The Lost World – for an alternative way of viewing some of Britain’s largest underground caverns.
Visit Butlins Minehead with a Day Pass to enjoy the Traditional Fairground, the indoor Splash Waterworld, sports activities and live daytime entertainment. It’s a great one for young families, particularly on wet-weather days.
Follow in the footsteps of the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The 51-mile Coleridge Way walking route takes you through some of Somerset’s most picturesque countryside, which inspired Coleridge to produce some of his best-known work. You can visit Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey near Bridgewater, where the poet lived, because it is now a National Trust property.
Caravanners will have few problems reaching any of the areas within Somerset.
Drive to Somerset using either the M4 (junction 18) or the M5 (junctions 19 to 26).
From the east, the A303 crosses through Wiltshire into Somerset, the road’s reputation as being both beautiful yet frustratingly slow at times is completely true!
Accessing the Somerset section of Exmoor is best via the A361 and then A396 from Tiverton along the Exe Valley. Watch out on the A39 Bridgewater to Minehead/Porlock road. It’s twisty – and narrow in places – though its beauty west of Minehead, through Exmoor National Park, provides one of Somerset’s best views.