West Somerset Railway
The Railway Station
Tel: (+44) 01643 704 996
Postcode for Sat Nav: TA23 0AU
Watchet Station has a Booking Office and prices from this station can be found on our fares pages. The shop has been extended and sells souveniers,cakes,biscuits,sweets and hot and cold drinks.There are toilets available,including a disabled facility.
A coal fire greets you on entering the booking hall.To the left of here there is a comprehensive secondhand book shop selling fiction and non-fiction books.
On the platform the Pagoda waiting room has a pictorial display of the history of the railway at Watchet.
Watchet Station is back on track with the return of the refurbished footbridge and a repaint of the station buildings.
Watchet is an ancient harbour town with a history of over 1000 years and still has a network of small streets and shops to be explored, including several pubs and cafes. The Star Inn in Watchet was Somerset CAMRA's Pub of the Year for 2005. The station stands right in the middle of the town adjacent to the harbour which, since the end of commercial shipping calling in the mid-1990's has begun a new lease of life as a Marina and is home currently to a 1950's Vintage Motor Torpedo Boat.
The network of sidings that served the docks has gone and the former goods shed is now a Boat Museum. The town Museum is just off the esplanade and traces the history of the town through the ages and this includes the West Somerset Mineral Railway that once brought iron ore from the Brendon Hills for onward shipping to the furnaces at Ebbw Vale in South Wales. The trackbed of the Mineral Railway is now in use as a footpath.
Local Businesses helping promote the Railway include:
The 16th Century Bell Inn is situated in Market Street, Watchet, a few yards from the marina and is a family run pub.
A warm welcome always awaits you from Paul, Gill, Adam and Clare, along with real ales, fine wines and good food.
Open all day every day, food is served lunchtime and evenings. (Food not served on a Tuesday).
This was the original terminus of the West Somerset Railway in 1862, a fact which is reflected in the station building standing at right angles to the railway line.
For more information about things to see and do in Watchet as well as places to stay visit Visit Watchet.