Yeovil Pen Mill is on the Heart of Wessex line.
Yeovil is a large market town with two railway stations, Yeovil Pen Mill ¾ mile from the town centre and Bus Station, and Yeovil Junction about 2 miles south of the town. There is no easy walking route from Yeovil Junction and it is best to take the bus (see below). The two stations are on different lines but infrequent trains operate between them.
Yeovil Country Park consists of several linked areas around the southern and eastern sides of Yeovil. The largest area is the woodland valley of Ninesprings with a lake and café. Another section makes a pleasant walking route between Pen Mill station and the town centre, passing Wyndham Hill - climb to the top for great views.
All the attractions near Yeovil shown on this page are covered by Ordnance Survey Explorer map 129.
TI tel. 01935 462781.
Bus from Yeovil Junction 68 from forecourt to Yeovil Bus Station, 9 minutes journey, M-S only, 1 or 2 journeys per hour (not evenings). Operated by South West Coaches.
A small railway museum with a Visitor Centre and Café in the Transfer Shed built for moving goods
between the broad gauge Great Western Railway and the standard gauge London & South Western Railway. Steam and diesel train
operating days are held with short rides and the 1940s turntable can be seen in action.
Open see website for open days and events.
A grand Elizabethan mansion built from the local ham stone, Montacute House was designed to show the wealth and power
of its owner Sir Edward Phelps. Inside there are important collections of furniture, tapestries and portraits. Formal gardens surround
the House and avenues of trees lead out into the parkland. Café.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (1600 Nov-Mar), House 1100-1630 (1500 Oct-Mar).
Bus 81 from Bus Station (¾ mile from Pen Mill Station, bus from Junction Station) to Montacute, The Borough (the village square) near the entrance, there is no marked stop. 15 minutes journey, M-F hourly, Sat 2-hourly. Operated by South West Coaches.
The Museum illustrates the world of radio and television and their programmes from the 1920s to the present day.
It has a large collection of vintage and novelty radios and television sets plus programme memorabilia. Tearoom.
Open selected days in school holidays Apr-Oct, see website.
Bus see Montacute House above.
Montacute is a picturesque village built from the local honey-coloured ham stone. It has a fine medieval church and the large square at the centre of the village is known as 'The Borough'. Nearby St Michael's Hill is topped with an 18th century tower folly which can be seen from Montacute House.
This small and harmonious garden was created in the 20th-century around a 17th-century manor house
by Phyllis Reiss, an amateur gardener. Features include secluded lawns, pools and bold planting schemes. Tearoom.
Open Apr-Sep, Daily 1100-1700.
Bus 52 from Bus Station (¾ mile from Pen Mill Station, bus from Junction Station) to Tintinhull (adjacent to Montacute Road) then ½ mile walk. 13 minutes journey, M-S every 1-2 hours. Operated by South West Coaches.
A medieval manor house restored in the early 20th century and arranged as it was in this period.
The house is surrounded by an Arts and Crafts style garden with topiary, herbaceous borders and orchards.
Tearoom and picnic tables.
Open Mar-Oct, Daily 1030-1700. Timed tickets for House at peak times.
Bus 77 from Bus Station (¾ mile from Pen Mill Station, bus from Junction Station) to Kingsdon village, then 1¼ miles walk. 22 minutes journey, M-S every 3 hours. Operated by First. For more flexibility in timing consider taking bus 54 (also operated by First at same frequency) from Yeovil Bus Station to Somerton Market Square then, from the same stop, bus 77 heading back to Yeovil via Kingsdon. Somerton is an attractive town to explore if you have time between buses.