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Special fares to mark Engish Tourism Week

29th December 2014

Categories: News

England’s longest “heritage railway” - the West Somerset Railway -  is offering special bookable in advance discounted tickets during English Tourism Week, March 14th to 22nd for round trips over the 20 miles of line between Bishops Lydeard (four miles from Somerset’s county town of Taunton) and Minehead on March 14th,15th, 21st and 22nd.

The reduced fares will be £12 for adults and seniors and £6 for children aged 5 to 15 and the tickets can be purchased via or by telephone from 01643 704996 until close of business on Friday March 6th.

On the journey the trains pass through the Quantock Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and along the Bristol Channel Coast with inland views of the Brendon Hills and Exmoor. Places of interest along the route include the old harbour town of Watchet and medieval Dunster where the village is overlooked by the 1000 year old Castle, now in the care of the National Trust.

The steam trains are made up of 1950’s coaching stock including a licensed buffet car which sells locally brewed beer and cider and other local produce. With the benign climate of Somerset in mind by mid-March spring flowers will be out and the first green leaves will be beginning to make themselves apparent.

West Somerset Railway General Manager Paul Conibeare is pleased that the Railway will be taking part in English Tourism Week, commenting:- “Spring is a good time to visit Somerset to get an early feel for the sunny months to come and to see the countryside emerging from its dormant period once again. Tourism is an essential part of the local economy and as one of the biggest attractions in the county we will be delighted to support English Tourism Week with this package of discounted fares”.

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