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West Somerset Railway

The Railway Station, Warren Road, TA24 5BG


West Somerset Railway, Somerset, is a heritage steam railway operating between Minehead and Bishop's Lydeard, near Taunton. It is the longest independent railway in Britain, (20 miles).

West Somerset Railway

West Somerset Railway, Somerset is the longest Heritage line in the United Kingdom. 

Time Table can be seen HERE for 2024 

The line is situated in Somerset,  four miles outside the County town of Taunton, starting at Bishops Lydeard and finishing at Minehead. The line meanders through the Quantock Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty and along the Bristol Channel Coast. We have 10 stations along the line each having something different to offer. There are various historic sites that may be of interest to visitors to the area, for example Crowcombe Heathfield station was the location for the filming of the Beatles’ “A Hard Days Night” and scenes from “The Land Girls” were also shot here. The historic town of Watchet dates back to Saxon times, and boasts narrow streets, local shops, museums and lots of places to eat and drink. Washford is a great place to alight, just a short walk from the station we have Cleeve Abbey and the Torre Cider Farm, which are both well worth a visit. Fancy something a little different then why not visit Dunster Castle which is nestled in the medieval village of Dunster? Dunster also has a working Watermill, the Old Yarn Market building and the Dolls Museum or continue on to Minehead home of our final station. Minehead is situated at the foot of North Hill where the beach is literally right across the road, we have cafes, shops and plenty of arcades along the seafront, making this a go to location.  

The West Somerset Railway also have combined tickets on selected dates throughout the year. These include, Cream Tea and Cheese and cider specials and linked trips with Hestercombe Gardens and Dunster Castle. We organise Steam Galas in the Spring and Autumn, and we are host to a Diesel Gala too. In the latter part of the year we have our popular Christmas services, we have Santa services running out of Minehead and Bishops Lydeard from the end of November until Christmas Eve, we also have our Sherry and Mince pie specials for you to enjoy.  


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January to December



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                      • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors

                      • Delta accepted

                      • Dogs Accepted

                      • Educational Visits Accepted

                      • Groups accepted

                      • Guide dogs permitted

                      • Guided Tours Available for Groups

                      • In countryside

                      • Maestro accepted

                      • Marketed towards children

                      • Marketed towards families

                      • MasterCard accepted

                      • Max group size

                      • Min group size

                      • No Smoking Attraction

                      • On site parking

                      • On-Site café/restaurant

                      • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

                      • Picnic Site

                      • Ramp/Level Access

                      • Solo accepted

                      • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted

                      • Toilets

                      • Toilets for disabled visitors

                      • Visa accepted

                      Road Directions

                      Nearest major road is M5. Follow road signs for Minehead ; also brown tourist signs for WSR, on approaching Bishops Lydeard do not go into village. The station is signposted from the by-pass. Also accessible via A39 at Williton (from Bridgwater) and at Minehead (From Lynton).

                      Public Transport Directions

                      Nearest station is Taunton station. First bus service 28 & 28a link Taunton station & Bishops Lydeard from Monday to Saturday. Services 928 & 300 offer a Sunday link.


                      West Somerset Railway
                      The Railway Station
                      Warren Road
                      TA24 5BG
                      United Kingdom

                      T: 01643 704996

                      F: 01643 706349



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