Pre-booked Groups of 16 passengers and above enjoy discounted travel on the West Somerset Railway.
Please complete our online Group Bookings enquiry form or call us on 01643 704996 (Monday - Friday 9am - 4.45pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs and to book. Upon receipt of your form we will check availability, and answer any questions you have asked us about dates, timings, prices and catering and get you booked in.
If you are interested in travelling on a special event as a group, no group privileges will apply. Therefore reserved seating can not be offered but we will be able to offer you the tickets at the advance discounted rates advertised for the event. We will require full payment for these tickets at the time of booking.
2014 Season specific Group Information
General Group Information
Group Travel Pack
We have a printed Group Travel Pack which can be sent to you or alternatively you can download it here
We have a maximum capacity of 120 pre-booked Group Travel seats on each train. However we are flexible in our arrangements wherever possible and will gladly add (subject to availability) additional coaches to meet your needs. It does make good sense to call us early as we receive many bookings and the earlier you can confirm your date of choice we can book you in.
West Somerset Railway Group Bookings give you discounted train fares, seat reservations, reservation notices and the option to have catering from our special menu.
Please arrive no later than 30 minutes prior your departure time so that you can complete any paperwork at the Booking Office and get aboard in a relaxed manner, ahead of a quiet enjoyable journey through 20 miles of beautiful Somerset countryside.
Things to see and Do
There are other things to see and do in the area which can be combined with you journey on the West Somerset Railway to give you a full and enjoyable day out. Please click here to see our What to see and do guide. You may also find our Station Pages of interest to help you plan where to start and finish your journey.
Deposit and Payment of Balance
We ask for a non-refundable 10% deposit with your initial booking. The balance can be paid on the day of travel at the Booking Office of the Station where you start. . We will only charge you for the number of passengers travelling so if your numbers drop on the day of travel this will not be a problem. We will accept payment by cash or cheque and our main booking offices at Bishops Lydeard and Minehead can handle all major credit/debit cards except AMEX.
If you have catering with your booking, payment in full must be made at least two weeks before you travel. After payment has been made no changes to your catering order can be accepted.
We do not accept Group Bookings during special events (purple dates) such as "Day Out With Thomas” or our Steam and Diesel Galas. On Special Event Days and Galas ticket prices are slightly more. If you do wish to travel on these days we can sell you tickets at the special event advance rate but cannot offer seat reservations or Group Catering other than buying food from the on train Buffet Car.
Coach Parking and Getting Here
Click here for travel directions to the West Somerset Railway.
Coach parking. There is a large free car at Bishops Lydeard Station and the coaches set down by the booking office. The new coach park at Minehead is adjacent to the Station and the Beach Hotel. Coaches also continue to set down and pick up at the bus stops outside the station. If you are planning to start or end your journey at any of our other stations please speak to us about access. Apart from Doniford Halt it is possible at all stations but there are varying levels of ease of access.
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