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West Somerset Railway

Station Terrace
TA24 5BG

The West Somerset Railway recaptures the era of the branch line country railway in the days of steam. Enjoy 20 miles of glorious Somerset scenery as the train gently rolls back the years on its journey beside the Quantock Hills to the Bristol Channel coast. Just sit back in your seat and watch the steam and the countryside drift past the window.

The West Somerset Railway seeks to recreate the atmosphere of a Great Western Railway branch line. There are ten restored stations along the route, each having its own individual charm and character; many have signalboxes, engine sheds, museums, displays, steam engines and other rolling stock to see.

From Bishops Lydeard, trains run beside the Quantock Hills northwards to the Bristol Channel coast at Watchet and Blue Anchor. The end of the line is the holiday town of Minehead, with its sandy beach, thrilling fun fair, beautiful gardens and lots of shops to explore. Buses run on Exmoor and steamers call at the harbour.

You can break your journey at any station and enjoy a country walk or coastal stroll. Why not seek out a village pub for lunch, or visit some of the many interesting places near the line?

General Information:

  • Shop at Minehead station
  • Buffet and bar facilities on all trains
  • Wheelchair access to trains
  • Ramped access at all stations except Doniford
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    Bishops Lydeard station is 4 miles from Taunton, close beside the A358 road to Minehead.
    Follow brown signs to West Somerset Railway before turning right onto the A358.

    The West Somerset Railway is also signposted on this road and motorists should note that the station is to the LEFT of the main road, Bishops Lydeard village being on the right.

    Bishops Lydeard Station has a large free car park but, with the exception of Minehead, parking at all other stations is somewhat limited.

    West Somerset Railway Postcode for SatNav: TA24 5BG


    +44 (0)1643 704 996
    +44 (0)1643 704 996 (talking timetable)
    +44 (0)1643 706 349

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