East Somerset Railway

Ready to step back into the past? Head on down to the English village of Cranmore, near Shepton Mallet, Somerset to experience the magic of steam trains!

Where can I find the East Somerset Railway Station?

The East Somerset Railway is located in the village of Cranmore, just off the A361. It’s about 3 miles from Shepton Mallet and 6 miles from Frome.

Visit the engine shed and workshop to see restoration in progress by our skilled bunch of volunteers, or ride the train yourself to see it in action! The train journey is approximately 5 mile round trip, which takes 35 minutes total. Good news is that your ticket allows you to ride as many times as you’d like!

There’s also a newly refurbished museum, waiting room, signal box, miniature railway, and a ticket office to see! There is also the David Shepherd Discovery Centre on-site that delves into the history of this fascinating railway, as well as the story of David Shepard himself – the hugely popular wildlife artist who helped cultivate the railway.

Once you’ve toured the railway, there’s a shop full of gifts and memorabilia to buy, as well as the Whistlestop Café where you can have a seat with a hot drink and a slice of cake. Afternoon Tea is also available on the Mendip Belle coach sometimes, which they recommend booking ahead for as it’s very popular!

  • Dog friendly
  • Ticket Office: 10am-3:30pm
  • Shop: 10am-4:30pm
  • Whistlestop Cafe: 10am-3:30pm
  • Please check the website for information about train ticket prices

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Afternoon Tea

8 - 21 August, 2022
Treat yourself to one of our Afternoon Teas Take a look at our menu choices below to decide which option to treat yourself with. Our Traditional Afternoon Tea includes: finger sandwiches, selection of mini cakes, slices and strawberry tart, plain and fruit scones with jam and clotted cream, plus a pot of tea or filter coffee. £12.95 per person Our Vegan Afternoon Tea includes: freshly prepared falafel wraps and vegan sausage rolls, selection of delicious vegan cakes (brownie, orange and apricot slice, banana and berry slice, carrot and pistachio slice), plain and fruit scones with fruit jam, plus a pot of tea or filter coffee. £12.95 per person Our Kids' Afternoon Tea includes: two flower shaped sandwiches, carrot and celery sticks with cream cheese dip, mini treats: chocolate muffin, mini doughnuts, chocolate strawberry and grapes, plus a Capri-Sun. £6.95 per person Choose to upgrade your hot drink to a delicious Latte, Cappucino, Mocha, Hot Chocolate or Speciality Tea for just £0.50 extra. Please note: In line with current local and national social distancing rules you may be required to sit at separate but adjacent tables depending on your party size.