The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust WSRHT

Self-Guided Visits

Self-Guided Visits

Based on Platform one of Bishops Lydeard Station, the Gauge Museum tells the story of the West Somerset Railway; from its beginnings, at the hands of Brunel, to its decline and subsequent recovery, also covering themes such as the Industrial Revolution, the growth of holiday towns like Minehead and the impact of railways on the local economy.

Following major refurbishment, our museum now offers a variety of opportunities to actively engage with our collections by investigating our interactive activities and exhibits.  Delve deeper into the railway’s history by exploring our photo archives through a collection of quizzes, games and activities on our huge digital touchscreen, explore life as a signaller with our working signal box, or experience the height of Victorian luxury travel by stepping aboard our lovingly restored first-class sleeping carriage. 

Inside the Gauge Museum after its major refurbishment. © WSRHT

Museum Trails

We can offer a variety of museum trails to help children engage with the collection on a deeper level.  Covering a variety of different themes, our ‘family trail’ explores the history behind some of our exhibits, while our two STEM-themed scavenger hunts, encourage children of all ages to work in teams to investigate either the materials or forces behind our railway. 

Guided Tours

If you would like to explore some of our exhibits in greater detail, we would be happy to deliver guided sessions in either our sleeping carriage or signal box.  Please note, that due to space restrictions, group numbers for each session is limited to six, though we are happy to conduct multiple sessions to accommodate the average class. 

Entry and Bookings

Entry to the museum is free.

For more information about what we can offer, or to organise a visit to the museum, please contact our Education and Learning officer: helen.anson@wsrht.co.uk