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West Somerset Railway

Britain‘s longest preserved railway operating for 20 miles from Bishops Lydeard near Taunton through the stunning scenery of the Quantock Hills and along the coast to Minehead.


  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access


The Railway Station Minehead Somerset TA24 5BG

  • 01643 704 996
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Open days

Daily 10-18 Feb (not 16), Sat-Sun 10-18 Mar. Daily 22 Mar-8 Apr. Sat-Sun, Tue-Thu 10-29 Apr, 9-25 Oct. Daily May-87 Oct (not 11 May), 27 Oct-4 Nov. Santas in Dec. Post Christmas 27 Dec-1 Jan 2019.


By Bus: 28

By Rail: Taunton / 3 miles


Sat 8th - Sun 9th Jun 2019: 40th Anniversary Weekend

West Somerset Railway, The Railway Station, Bishops Lydeard, Somerset, TA4 3RU.
Tel: 01643 704 996.

A special Anniversary Weekend to mark the reopening of the line between Stogumber and Bishops Lydeard.


Thu 20th - Sat 22nd Jun 2019: Diesel Gala – Diesels to the Seaside

A thrashtastic day, for heritage Diesel enthusiasts.


Sun 23rd Jun 2019: Mixed Traction Day

A more intensive timetable with Diesel and Steam Locomotives.


Thu 3rd - Sun 6th Oct 2019: Autumn Steam Gala

West Somerset Railway, The Railway Station, Bishops Lydeard, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 3BX.
Tel: 01643 704 996.

 Hourly steam train service between Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton) and Minehead. Workshop and Museums openings, model railways and trade and promtion…


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