Today the station boasts two long platforms and its signal box controls a level crossing whose gates are operated by the traditional capstan wheel apparatus. The down platform side building houses a small Great Western Railway Museum which opens on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays between Easter and the end of September and most Galas.
Blue Anchor Station has a booking office which sells our full range of tickets for the railway. Please see the Fares Pages to find out more about fares from this Station. Toilets are available on the Station but there are no disabled toilet facilities though the platforms are accessible by ramp.
What to see and do nearby
Blue Anchor is a quiet seaside village with a long sandy beach perfect for families and children. At high tide the promenade is a popular destination for fishermen hoping for a large catch. Blue anchor gives stunning coastal views to Minehead and Exmoor and across the Bristol Channel to South Wales and as far as Weston-super-Mare. For meals and snacks visit The Driftwood Cafe or the Smugglers Pub.
History of Blue Anchor Station
Until Doniford Halt was constructed in the 1980s Blue Anchor was the ‘newest’ station on the Line being built in the 1870s. Opened after Washford, Dunster and Minehead when the original line was extended to Minehead the station was first known as Bradley Gate before reverting to a name whose explanation is a source of some debate. The station grew to its present form and size gradually as seaside holidays grew in popularity.
In this early part of the 21st Century the population grows enormously as holiday makers arrive at the local park spread along the top of the esplanade that runs outside the station.