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 Railway 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 every two hours on weekdays and Saturdays, but fewer on Sundays). By changing at Westbury you can get to London Paddington (see below). South Western Railway trains go via Westbury to Salisbury and London Waterloo.
Trains to London and the Westcountry Our main line station is Castle Cary, 15 minutes by car from Bruton. For train times for London Paddington (or Taunton, Exeter and Plymouth) click here. (Less conveniently, you can go to London direct from Bruton by changing at Westbury, sometimes with rather a long wait; the table at the bottom of the Bruton station page also shows the times at Paddington.) Another train service to London Waterloo (or Axminster, Honiton and Exeter) is from Gillingham station, about 11 miles from Bruton, or from Yeovil Junction station, with trains roughly hourly. (There is also a very good and cheap coach service to London from Wincanton, 6 miles from Bruton; click here.)
Trains to South Wales and the South Coast From Bruton or Castle Cary, change at Westbury; trains go from there to Bristol, Newport and Cardiff, or in the other direction to Salisbury, Southampton, Portsmouth and Brighton. If you want to go to Poole or Bournemouth take a Weymouth train from Bruton and change at Weymouth. (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 and their timetable is shown on the Timetables page.
Trains to the Midlands, the North and Scotland and to West Wales and the Marches Change at Bristol Temple Meads to a CrossCountry train going to Birmingham, the NE and Scotland, or having changed to a Cardiff train at Westbury, change again at Newport or Cardiff for trains to West Wales or the Welsh Marches.
Getting to Airports Heathrow: Train from Bruton (changing at Westbury) or Castle Cary to Reading (half an hour this side of Paddington), then on by airport bus. Gatwick: take a Waterloo train from Bruton and change at Clapham Junction. Bristol: Train from Bruton to Bristol Temple Meads station, then on by airport bus. Exeter: Train from Castle Cary to Exeter St Davids station, then Stagecoach no 56 bus to the airport.
For Continental Services, and others even further afield, do browse the collection at the foot of the Useful Links page -
All the timetables you could want are on the Timetables page.