Somerset is a fantastic place to travel to by train throughout the year. The region plays host to the world famous Glastonbury Festival but, even if you haven’t been lucky enough to get a ticket, there’s no shortage of other things to see and do.
Culture and heritage
As the home of Glastonbury Festival, Somerset is known around the world for being a place with a thriving cultural scene. Apart from the world’s biggest music festival, there’s the fantastic Bridgwater Carnival and, of course, historic towns and cities like Bath. Visit the stunning medieval Bishop’s Palace, or take a stroll in the beautiful grounds at Hestercombe Gardens.
Somerset has always been famous for apples, ciders and cheddar cheese. These are well worth a try, but you’ll also find a wide range of great food – and quite often tasty local produce – at pubs, cafés and restaurants across the region. Make sure you visit the local farmers' markets too.
Sport and outdoors
As rugby fans will know, Somerset is home to Bath Rugby Club, while the region’s cricket team calls the County Ground in Taunton home. You can also enjoy a number of other fun sporting days out in Somerset, like watching horse racing at Bath Racecourse or some motorsport action at Castle Combe Circuit.
Music and nightlife
For a big night out Bath is your best bet, but you’ll find plenty of good pubs in towns and villages across the region. And when it comes to live music, you’re truly spoilt for choice – particularly if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket for Glastonbury.
Love a bargain? A trip to Clarks Village at Street is a must. For boutique shopping try Shepton Mallet’s Kilver Court, or simply browse the dozens of independent stores that can be found in the region’s towns and villages. You'll find markets selling local food and drink too.
Average saving calculated by comparing Advance Single Standard Class ticket prices to the equivalent price of a Standard Class Super Off-Peak ticket bought on the day of travel. Advance fares are subject to availability. Selected GWR routes only. Advance fares available from up to 11 weeks prior to travel. Savings correct as of September 2018. Terms and conditions apply.