The Duke of Wellington, Minehead

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About this hotel

The Duke of Wellington first opened in 1820 as a traditional coaching inn and posting house. The hotel is a main focal point of Wellington Square and the town centre of Minehead – a bustling seaside town, with attractions to suit a large range of people. It is home to West Somerset Railway, running several steam trains throughout the day, over the summer period. Minehead is also famously home to the family amusement park Butlins, where any of our guests could visit, after purchasing a day’s pass. Minehead is on the north coast of Somerset, boasting some fabulous sea views. It is also known as ‘The Gateway to Exmoor’, as it is nestled in the centre of Exmoor National Park.

Please note -The Lloyds No.1 music venue is on the side of the hotel and open until 2.30am on a Friday and Saturday. Some rooms may experience a degree of noise from the Lloyds No.1 bar. If you would prefer a quieter room, please advise, when making your reservation.

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Approaching from the M5: Leave the M5 at junction 23. Head east on the A39 for approximately 20 miles. On entering Minehead, follow signs towards the town centre. The Duke of Wellington is situated on Wellington Square, in the centre of Minehead.Approaching Minehead on the A39 (in either direction): Simply follow the road through to the town centre; and you will approach Wellington Square.


Your nearest car park is on Summerland Avenue. Your nearest long stay car park is on Irnham Road which is 10 minutes away from hotel costing £4 for 24 hours.

Local transport

Enjoy a trip on the West Somerset Railway, a steam train through the beautiful countryside, with the Minehead station just a 10-minute walk from the hotel. A bus stop is located opposite the hotel, with local services.

FREE Wi-Fi is available in the bar area and bedrooms.

Local attractions

Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club
Founded in 1882, this is the second oldest golf club in Somerset, yet resides on the oldest course in the county, offering a great challenge for golfers of all ages and levels of experience.
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Minehead Eye
This is the best skate park in the area and county, designed for all levels of ability, whether you’re just starting out or not.
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West Somerset Railway
Reopened in 1976, the West Somerset Railway is Britain’s biggest preserved steam railway. Steam and heritage diesel locomotives operate from Bishops Lydeard, near the county town of Taunton, along the Quantock Hills to the West Somerset coast, terminating in Minehead. There are ten stations over twenty miles, with various railway museums, signal boxes and station buildings, which have all been restored to their Great Western heyday. All sorts of railway memorabilia are sold on the station platform
For more details visit:

Regal Theatre
Run and supported by volunteers, The Regal Theatre is Minehead’s only live theatre and provides entertainment throughout the year. There is a theatre bar, which is open before all performances and during intervals. You can also become a member of the ‘Regal Film Society’ or if you wish to offer your support, a ‘Friend of the Regal’.
For further information Visit:


Day out with Thomas

Come and meet "Thomas", his friends and "Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller" at Minehead Station from 10.00am July 6th/7th & 13th/14th 2013


Lots of locomotives to see.

Come and stand in the driving cab.

Trains pulled by the big engines.

"Mrs Kyndley's tea shop" (Turntable Cafe)

The Buffer Stop gift shop with lots of Thomas souvenirs.

Short train rides with "Thomas" or one of his friends.

The "Imagination Station" with arts and crafts and DVD.

Punch & Judy.

Fee vintage bus rides through Minehead 11.00am to 5.00pm.

Free parking at Bishops Lydeard station.

Dunster Fair

24th July 2013

Dunster Country Fair is held in the picturesque setting of Dunster Castle Lawns by kind permission of Mr. J A. F. Luttrell. This year the fair will be celebrating 35 years from the early beginnings, as a Donkey Derby held in West Somerset.

Minehead Summer Festival

14th August

All eyes will be looking skywards for the breath-taking aerial displays. This fantastic FREE day out for all the family will also include a street market featuring local arts, crafts and food producers.

Dunster Show

16th August

Entertainment is laid on all day with Bands, Demonstrations, Crafts and Trade Stands, providing something for all the family.

For more information please visit

C.A.M.R.A Festival

8th September 2013

The 14th Annual Beer Festival organised and staffed by members of the Somerset Branch of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) takes place at Minehead Station.

Expect around 100 different brews to be on sale when the Festival opens.

Entry to the Festival is free but visitors will need to buy a Souvenir Festival Glass or a cheaper plastic alternative. No cash is taken at the bar. Tokens should be purchased at the same time as the glass

Mike the Knight

21st September 2013

Mike the Knight will be making personal appearances at intervals at Minehead Railway Station.

Enjoy a 20 mile steam train ride to Minehead Station from any of our stations along the line.

During the day we are pleased to be welcoming 'Bowlore' to Minehead Station where they will be doing some Knight-in-Training exercises, sword lessons for children of all ages, telling knight-themed stories and pieces of history and will have plenty of pieces of armour for visitors to try on..

Standard Fares apply on this day with seven trains running in each direction between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead.

Autumn Steam Gala

3rd-6th October 2013

The gala will have a range of visiting and home fleet locomotives (all subject to availability).

Single and return tickets are available for travel between each of our stations and the full length of the line. Tickets can be purchases from our Booking Offices on the day of travel. Souvenir programmes can be bought in advance or on the day of travel. Singles fares start from as little as £6.10, Returns from £8.60 (based on adult Fares)

Exmoor Beast

20th October 2013

Just when you thought it was safe to put your bike away for the winter, the Exmoor Beast rears its majestic head to give you the last chance to test yourself in what will be one of the best and most challenging cyclo - sportives of the year.


26th October 2013

Scooby-Doo will be making personal appearances at intervals at Minehead Railway Station.

Enjoy a 20 mile steam train ride to Minehead Station from any of our stations along the line.

Free vintage bus ride trips round Minehead sea front from Minehead Station.

Scooby-Doo Merchandise Stand on Minehead Station Platform

Dunster by Candlelight

6th & 7th December 2013

Annual Dunster by Candleight festival takes place on the first Friday and Saturday in December. Friday marks the beginning of the festival with the now famous Lantern Lighting Procession, starting on the steep at about 5pm and continuing through the medieval village until all lanterns have been lit. During the evening a variety of shops and restaurants are open, including street stalls and entertainers, such as the West Somerset Morris Men, Carol Singers and a Brass Band. Please note that there will be no parking available in Dunster Village during the two evenings while the festival is on but Park & Ride buses are usually provided from about 4pm until late. Please follow the signs for Park and Ride (Minehead)

The Duke of Wellington

Wellington Square
TA24 5NH
+44 (0)1643 701910
From £49

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