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About West Somerset Railway

West Somerset Railway offers 20 miles of heritage railway through stunning Somerset countryside and coast. It is the longest standard gauge independent heritage railway in the United Kingdom. Services normally operate over just the 20.5 miles between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard. During special events some trains continue a further two miles to Norton Fitzwarren where a connection to Network Rail allows occasional through trains to operate onto the national network.

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Blenheim Gardens

Blenheim Gardens

0.36km from West Somerset Railway

A wonderfully preserved example of London's 1960s-style high-density, low-rise public housing. Created in the 1920's it is now a mature, attractive and sheltered haven, popular with residents and visitors. The park provides spring and summer bedding displays, a wide range of trees, shrubs and perennials which thrive in the mild seaside climate.

Minehead Beach

Minehead Beach

0.59km from West Somerset Railway

A beautiful wide sandy beach about a mile long, which is backed by a sea wall and promenade. Access to the beach is down short ramps or steps. At the western end is the harbour, whilst to the east the sand continues most of the way to Dunster. Along with a number of hotels and apartments that line the promenade the beachfront is overlooked by a large Butlin’s holiday camp, adding to the lively atmosphere of the resort.

Dunster National Park Centre

Dunster National Park Centre

3.05km from West Somerset Railway

The National Park Centre at Dunster has been recently refurbished, and you will find interactive exhibits, a video microscope and new displays that introduce you to the special habitats that can be found on Exmoor. Visit the exhibition room and take the time to see our HD film introducing the National Park.

Yarn Market

Yarn Market

3.06km from West Somerset Railway

The Yarn Market in Dunster, Somerset, England was built around 1590 and has been designated as a Grade I listed building and scheduled ancient monument. The market cross was probably built in 1609 by the Luttrell family who were the local lords of the manor to maintain the importance of the village as a market, particularly for wool and cloth.

National Trust - Dunster Castle

National Trust - Dunster Castle

3.36km from West Somerset Railway

Dunster Castle is a former motte and bailey castle, now a country house, in the village of Dunster, Somerset, England. The castle lies on the top of a steep hill called the Tor, and has been fortified since the late Anglo-Saxon period. After the Norman conquest of England in the 11th century, William de Mohun constructed a timber castle on the site as part of the pacification of Somerset.

Dunster Beach

Dunster Beach

3.41km from West Somerset Railway

Dunster beach is a sandy beach on the edge of the Exmoor National Park in Somerset. The site is a collection of charming historic beach huts, the first built nearly 100 years ago by Lady Luttrell who resided at Dunster Castle. The huts housed Coastal Defence Workers and the Home Guard during World War II with trenches, barbed wire and pillboxes, although now just the pillboxes remain as a reminder of those darker days.

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Somerset

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Somerset covers a vast area of land in the south-west of England, from the rolling Blackdown Hills on the Somerset-Devon border, to the Mendips and Quantocks south of Bristol, and finishing in the west with the Exmoor National Park. To the north is Bath and North-East Somerset, which although administered separately, nonetheless feel like part and parcel of this English county.

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