About rail links with the rest of the country
A page to help newcomers to the area and visitors to find out how to get around
Trains from Bruton: Great Western trains go to Westbury, Bath and Bristol or, in the other direction, to Castle Cary, Yeovil, Dorchester and Weymouth, and of course intermediate stations (about two-
Trains to London and the Westcountry: Our GWR main line station is Castle Cary, 10–15 minutes by car from Bruton. For train times from there for London Paddington (or Taunton, Exeter and Plymouth) click here. To see GWR’s own timetable click here and scroll down for East 4. (Less conveniently, you can go to London direct from Bruton by changing at Westbury, sometimes with rather a long wait.) Another train service, by South West Trains, to London Waterloo (or Axminster, Honiton and Exeter) is from Gillingham station, about 11 miles from Bruton, with more frequent and much cheaper trains; see our page ‘Trains at Gillingham’ above or click to see their timetable 20. But please note, this only goes as far as 4 August; another company takes over then and just may keep the same timetable. We’ll post any news here nearer the time. (There is also a very good and cheap coach service to London from Wincanton, 6 miles away; click here.)
Trains to South Wales and the South Coast: From Bruton or Castle Cary, change at Westbury; trains go north from there to Bristol, Newport and Cardiff, or south to Salisbury, Southampton and Portsmouth; for timetables click here and scroll down for Central 3. If you want to go to Poole or Bournemouth take a Weymouth train from Bruton and change at Weymouth. For the timetable for that line click here. (It is a little cheaper to make the change by getting off at Dorchester West and walking for ten minutes to Dorchester South station; the route is signposted. Just remember, when coming back you have to cross the bridge at Dorchester West.) There is also a Southern Railway service from Southampton to Portsmouth, Chichester and Brighton; for their timetable click here and scroll down for No 13.
Trains to the Midlands, North and Scotland and to West Wales and the Welsh Marches: Change at Bristol Temple Meads for CrossCountry trains, or at Newport or Cardiff for Arriva trains to West Wales and the Welsh Marches and Shrewsbury. Click on each company’s name above to see its timetables.
Getting to Airports: Heathrow: Train from Bruton (changing at Westbury) or Castle Cary to Reading, then on by airport bus; or train from Bruton or Gillingham to Woking, then on by airport bus. Gatwick: train from Gillingham, changing at Clapham Junction (or at Woking with one more change). Bristol: Train from Bruton to Bristol Temple Meads station, then on by airport bus. Exeter: Train from Castle Cary to Exeter St Davids station, or from Gillingham to Exeter Central station and then from either station Stagecoach no 56 bus to the airport.
For a Map of railway lines throughout the region, and links to other parts see the Map page.