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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

Ticket Office opening hours: Please note: Reservations and tickets requiring reservations can only be sold between the following times: Mon - Sat 09:00 - 19:00 and Sun 10:00 - 18:00
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:10 - 20:00
Saturday 06:10 - 20:00
Sunday 08:00 - 20:40
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
Staff assistance is available; please request assistance from any member of staff if you have not booked assistance in advance.
Customer Service notes
Please call our Customer Services Centre on 03457 000 125 (07:00-22:00 every day)
Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorAPCOA Parking (UK) Limited
Car parking spaces193
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£217.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces82
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Platforms 1 and 5
Cycle storage notes<p>Cycles can be carried on our trains free of charge.</p>
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

access to all platforms via lift except for plts 3 and 4 where staff may need to provide assistance

Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis are available. Please request staff assistance.

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 Cardiff CentralGreat Western Railway06:115On time
to ExmouthGreat Western Railway06:162On time
to London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway06:175On time
to PenzanceGreat Western Railway06:213On time
to Bristol ParkwayGreat Western Railway06:382On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Bristol Temple MeadsGreat Western Railway06:052On time
from PlymouthGreat Western Railway06:155On time
from Bristol Temple MeadsGreat Western Railway06:152On time
from Bristol Temple MeadsGreat Western Railway06:203On time
from PlymouthCrossCountry07:075Late
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