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Trains to Taunton take you right into the heart of the town, a short walk from the riverside and the famous Somerset county cricket ground. Brace yourself for the breathtaking Taunton Castle, festooned with flowers all year round. The castle has a somewhat bloody history, so get some sustenance first at the award-winning restaurant at the Castle Hotel nearby – after that you’ll be ready to venture inside for a rather horrible history lesson. Taunton station originally opened in 1842 as part of the Bristol and Exeter Railway. The structure was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, but the station’s split design proved tricky to navigate for passengers – each platform had its own set of buildings and sheds, with a hotel in between. A major redevelopment was undertaken in the 1860s. Many of these extensions survive to this day, but sadly the popular 40 Steps footbridge, a favourite location for trainspotters, was pulled down in 2013.

Station details & facilities

There are six platforms, connected by a subway with step-free access. Toilets are found on platform 2 and 6. Platform 5 serves trains to London Paddington, Bristol and the north. You’ll also find a cafe here. There is a car park on both sides of the station and bus services to the town centre call in front of the ticket office.

Departures and arrivals from Taunton

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Taunton station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway06:542On time
to PenzanceGreat Western Railway06:553On time
to London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway07:065On time
to PlymouthCrossCountry07:112On time
to Cardiff CentralGreat Western Railway07:114On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from PlymouthGreat Western Railway07:055On time
from Bristol Temple MeadsCrossCountry07:102On time
from Exeter St David'sGreat Western Railway07:104On time
from PlymouthGreat Western Railway07:145On time
from Bristol Temple MeadsGreat Western Railway07:372On time
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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