Trains to Somerset

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Somerset is a county located in the south west of England that stretches over 64 km (40 mi) of coastline along the Bristol channel. The Severn Estuary forms part of the northern border. Historical evidence proves that this is area was occupied from the Palaeolithic through to Celtic and Roman settlements as well as Anglo-Saxon times. The most popular city of Somerset is Bath, popular tourist attraction for its ancient Roman spas and highly-appreciated for its Georgian architecture. The city has become one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Somerset borders with Gloucestershire and Bristol to the north and Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south-east and Devon to the south west. Geographically it is bounded to the north and west by the Severn Estuary and to the south with the Bristol Channel and to the west with the coastline facing Wales. Its geographical positioning and natural conformation have transformed Somerset in an ideal destination for hikers and nature lovers, as it offers miles of green rolling hills such as the Backdown Hills, Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills as well as Exmoor National Park characterized by large flat expanses of land. Book train tickets to Somerset and don’t forget to pack your walking boots to explore its famous hills popular for their outstanding natural beauty.

Somerset features Bridgewater Bay, a natural reserve, ideal for a family fun day out as it offers a protected sandy beach, extensive rock pools at low tide and stunning cliff top views. The bay forms a large natural amphitheatre as it is surrounded by impressive sandstone cliffs. Visitors are advised to use the walking track to the bay that descend a steep staircase from the cliffs on St. Johns Wood Road car park to the beach below. Along the coast sea lovers can find Weston Bay, rich wildlife, history and archaeology. Sand bay, a relative wild beach offering panoramic views of the Bristol Channel. The area offers sparse amenities, food outlets and sandy beaches. Sand Point is an extension of the Mendip Hills made of limestone with unusual volcanic intrusions that marks the lower limit of the Severn Estuary. This area offers visitors great views across the Bristol Channel to Wales, plenty of wildlife and archaeological sites to explore. Somerset popular attractions include the Cheddar Gorge, a limestone canyon offering caves, hiking trails and mouth-dropping stalactite and stalagmites to its visitors. Hiking lovers should head to the plateau of Exmoor, part of the Exmoor National Park, an area of hilly open moorland in the west of Somerset characterized by high cliffs and waterfalls. Heritage lovers should visit Wells Cathedral, a gothic edifice dating back to the 12th century featuring a 1390 old clock and over 300 sculptures located on the West Front. Glastonbury Tor consists in a terraced hill with church ruins and a sweeping area gifting visitor with breath-taking views. Glastonbury Abbey is also a mustsee sight offering the remains of wealthy monastery with links to King Arthur and Guinevere. The abbey offers a visitor centre for toilets and refreshments. Families looking for entertainment should head to Wookey Hole Caves offering an extensive network of limestone caves to explore, an on-site paper mill and family attractions or Gough’s Cave offering 2km of limestone cave wit underground rivers. Butlin's Minehead Resort is an amusement park offering a lake and channel view as well as bumper boats and restaurants. Visitors are advised to hop on vintage steam trains offered by the West Somerset heritage Railway. Steam rail fans can purchase combined train tickets to Somerset and West Somerset Railway services.

Great Western Railway provides direct railways services to Somerset from Devon, Cornwall, South Wales, Bristol and the South Coast. It provides regular high-speed trains that connect Somerset to London Paddington. The train journey is just over an hour long.  Somerset is connected to London Heathrow Airport via the Reading. Great Western Railway offers services to the following principle towns and cities in the county: Bath, Bridgwater, Castle Cary, Taunton, Weston-Super-Mare and Yeovil and link the county directly to Devon and Cornwall, Bristol & South Wales, the South Coast and the Cotswolds. The Midlands, North of England and Scotland can also easily access Somerset by train with direct services to Taunton and other locations reached by a simple change of trains at Bristol Temple Meads station. All mainline trains offer First Class and Standard Class seats as well as on-board refreshments and free Wi-Fi access. Other train services covering urban, suburban, regional and longdistance routes are provided by South Western Railway that connects London Waterloo not only with Somerset railway stations but to the south western part of England, including Bristol, Exeter and Portsmouth. Passengers travelling by train are advised to purchase train ticket to Somerset in advance to save time and benefit from early booking discounts and secure the best seats, travel time and railways fares. Somerset is well served by the railway line, there are 10 stations spread throughout the county, starting from Bath, Bridgewater, Taunton, Yeovil, Castle Cary, Crewkerne, Frome, Highbridge, Weston-Super-Mare and Temple combe.