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 that 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.
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 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; you will approach Wellington Square.
Your nearest car park is on Summerland Avenue. Your nearest long-stay car park is on Irnham Road – 10 minutes from hotel, costing £4 for 24 hours.
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.
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.
For more information: www.mineheadgolf.co.uk
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.
For more information: www.mineheadeye.co.uk
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 10 stations over 20 miles, with various railway museums, signal boxes and station buildings, all restored to their Great Western heyday. All sorts of railway memorabilia are sold on the station platform.
For more details: www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk
Run and supported by volunteers, this is Minehead’s only live theatre and provides entertainment throughout the year. There is a theatre bar, 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: www.regaltheatre.co.uk
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