Yeovil's motto is "The heart of the country, the mind of a city" which sums up this lively town well. It is a great destination for shopping, as its broad range of retailers are clustered in a relatively compact area, much of it pedestrianised. There are plenty of good cafes, and splashes of greenery and floral displays make this a pleasant and relaxing place for a day out.
Originally a small market town, Yeovil became an industrial centre in the nineteenth century, famous for its leather goods, particularly gloves. You can find out more about Yeovil's fascinating past in the Heritage and Visitor Information Centre, where the knowledgeable and helpful staff can help you make the most of your visit to the area.
From Pen Mill station Yeovil has a unique, peaceful "Green Bypass" to take you safely and pleasantly into town. Our mini guide includes a simplified map and some of the highlights of the town.
A more detailed map can be downloaded from www.visitsouthsomerset.com , which also includes other helpful tips, and a link to the Country Parks website that has images and maps of the award winning Yeovil Country Park. Alternatively you can hop on the 68 bus from right in front of station every 20 & 50 minutes past the hour from 0720 to 1950, Monday to Saturday inclusive. 5-10 mins to town centre, c15mins Yeovil Junction. From Yeovil Junction, buses leave at 18 & 50 minutes past each hour from 0650 to 1918.
For timetable see www.southwestcoaches.co.uk
Pen Mill Station, renovated as part of a special scheme in 2008, continues to be cared for by its station staff with help from local volunteers. Look out for planters and special garden areas that have been created by David Greening, who won national first place for his Outstanding Volunteer Contribution to the railways in 2009 for his wide range of working supporting the partnership and the line.