A friendly, historic Somerset market town built on steep hillsides running down to the river of the same name. It still has part of a medieval street pattern, with winding streets, fascinating old buildings and good range of independent retailers. Frome has a thriving arts culture and is a Fairtrade town, with a strong emphasis on locally sourced food in both its speciality shops and cafes.
Our mini-guide shows the walking route from the station, and some highlights of the town in 2009. There might be some changes to retailers and market times since we produced this, so before making a special trip for any of these it would be worth double checking.
The best source for up to date information is www.frometouristinfo.co.uk, which also has a much more detailed town map that you can download. The friendly Frome Tourist Information Centre can also help you by phone (01373 467271) and send you a free map guide to the town before you visit.
The Friends of Frome Station have played an important role in improvements to the station over recent years, including a special project under the Network Rail Community Scheme. This scheme enables community groups to improve and enhance areas of railway land that are not managed by the train operator. At Frome, that includes the disused platform, which had become sadly neglected over the years.
Thanks to Mike Franklin who set up and is managing the scheme, the Friends now have their own access to the platform and have been specially trained to look after it, which has made a significant difference to the overall appearance of this historic station. The Friends have also established flower planters on the operational platform, and work hard to keep weeds and vegetation at bay.