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Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust

Watchet, Somerset and Bristol, England

Attraction Information

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Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

The Museum contains nostalgic relics from the former Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway which used to run from Bath to Bournemouth, with all finally closing in 1966.

It's a charmingly atmospheric facility with masses of railway related exhibits and artefacts and a huge collection of rolling stock and steam locomotives from throughout the years.

You can learn about the quirky old station names of bygone days and explore the evocative galleries filled with name-boards, lamps, tools, signalling equipment, tickets, photographs, handbills and more besides.

Although it's fairly formal and educational, kids are warmly welcomed and they can step back in time and hand operate the levers in the reconstructed Midford Signal Box.

All in all it's a great trip for kids already interested in trains, but not necessarily the place to ignite the interest in the uninitiated: there are no operating train rides for example. However it's volunteer run so your proper little chuffers will have someone enthusiastic to quiz on all things rail!


  • Picnics Allowed Picnics Allowed
  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Onsite Shop Onsite Shop
  • Snacks Available Snacks Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


The Railway Station, Washford, Watchet, Somerset and Bristol, TA23 0PP, England


Click here to visit Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust's website
01984 40869

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday 13:00 - 17:00

Tuesday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Saturdays 09:00 - 13:00


Adults: £2

Child: £1

Family: £5


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