Your Journey

Your journey takes you to Britain’s longest standard gauge heritage railway and one of Somerset’s most popular visitor attractions.

The adventure begins as you board the luxurious Belmond British Pullman train and settle into your plush armchair. Your liveried steward serves a sparkling Bellini at your table, which is set with starched linen and bespoke china for the fine dining experience to come. Take time to admire the exquisite art deco details of your carriage, from meticulous marquetry to gleaming brass luggage racks. Soon a delicious brunch is served. As you journey towards the West Somerset Railway, sit back and absorb the changing vistas through your expansive window. At Norton Fitzwarren, the train leaves the mainline and makes its way to Bishops Lydeard, the southern terminus of the West Somerset Railway. Here you alight and board a steam-hauled West Somerset Railway train for a scenic ride to the charming coastal town of Watchet. At Watchet you have an hour or so to explore the picturesque marina and narrow medieval streets or visit the historic Market House museum. Re-board the steam hauled West Somerset Railway to travel back to Bishops Lydeard where you once again join Belmond British Pullman. (Please note Belmond British Pullman is not steam-hauled.) Sip a glass of chilled champagne as your journey home begins. Chat about your day with fellow guests. Savour an indulgent four-course dinner with our sommelier’s choice of wine. Enjoy the verdant views as the train makes its way back to Cornwall.

Includes

Round-trip travel aboard the Belmond British Pullman luxury train

Welcome sparkling Bellini

Fine-dining silver service

Delicious three-course brunch on the outward journey

Morning tea and coffee

Steam-hauled ride on the West Somerset Railway from Bishops Lydeard to Watchet

Champagne reception back on board

Sumptuous four-course dinner: British seasonal table d’hôte menu including Great British cheeseboard, biscuits and chutneys

Half a bottle of wine per person

Coffee, tea and petits fours

West Somerset Railway

About

West Somerset Railway

Winding through gently rolling hills, past quaint villages, leafy farms and stunning coastline, the 22-mile rural branch of the old Great Western Railway offers a nostalgic journey back in time. The line opened commercially in 1862, running between Taunton and Watchet and later being extended to Minehead, but was closed in 1973. It reopened as a heritage line in 1976 and continues to thrive to this day. Highlights to look out for along the route include the Quantock Hills and Helwell Bay.