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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

All the timetables you could want are on the Timetables page.

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 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 to Salisbury and London Waterloo, still only one train on weekdays each way, but there are also two evening trains that just go to Salisbury, with connections from there to Waterloo. For train times at Bruton click here.

Trains to London and the Westcountry Our main line station is Castle Cary, 10–15 minutes by car from Bruton.  For train times for London Paddington (or Taunton, Exeter and Plymouth) click here. That page also gives times  at  Paddington.  (Less conveniently, you can go to London direct from Bruton by changing at Westbury, sometimes with rather a long wait; 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, with more frequent and much cheaper trains; for train times there click here.  (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 from there to Bristol, Newport and Cardiff, or in the other direction to Salisbury, Southampton and Portsmouth. 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

Trains to the Midlands, North and Scotland and to West Wales and the Welsh Marches Change at Bristol Temple Meads for CrossCountry trains, 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, 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, then Stagecoach no 56 bus to the airport, or train from Gillingham to Exeter Central station, then a short walk to Exeter Bus Station for Stagecoach no 56 bus to the airport.

For a Map of railway lines throughout the region, and links to other parts see the Regional Map page.  

National Rail Enquiries with a few clicks on their very clear web site can give you train times for journeys between any two stations in England, Wales and Scotland. For continental services, and others even further afield, do browse the collection at the foot of the Useful Links page - you’ll be amazed what you can find there!

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