A medium-sized town in the county of Somerset, Yeovil is perhaps most famous for its role as a helicopter manufacturing hub. Aviation is a key part of life in the town and the surrounding area; there are a number of airfields for military and private use just a few miles from Yeovil. Aside from that, the town is known for many other industries including glove-making. Today, Yeovil is seen as a major regional destination for shopping, leisure and sport. The town is also a good point from which to explore the more idyllic parts of rural South Somerset, while it’s well-connected by road and rail to other parts of the country. To the north, small market towns such as Glastonbury, Street and Somerton are all a short journey away.
For driving out of the town and into the countryside, something a little bigger than a city car is the best thing to have. A hatchback is suited for all kinds of driving in the Yeovil area.
Driving in Yeovil
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Important things to note
The A30, A37 and A3088 are the main routes in and out of Yeovil by road. The A30 Queensway is a dual-carriageway which acts as a partial ring road.
Yeovil’s two train stations, Yeovil Pen Mill and Yeovil Junction, are on separate lines. The latter has the wider range of services.
The best places to park in Yeovil town centre are near the Tesco Supermarket and the Quedam Shopping Centre.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Fleet Air Arm Museum, which is just a few miles north of Yeovil, is one of the best places in the UK to learn about the history of flight. The museum has several exhibits dedicated to military aircraft, while shows take place on the nearby airfield.
A smaller but similarly fascinating place to visit, especially with the family is the Yeovil Railway Museum. Its main attraction is the former turntable from Yeovil Junction rail station, while there are plenty of plenty of demonstration trains which can be explored inside-out.
Yeovil Town Football Club, the town’s main football team, play at the Huish Park stadium, which holds around 9,500 fans. The Glovers, as they are also known, play in the Championship, the second tier of English league football.
Shoppers won’t be disappointed here. The Quedam Shopping Centre is a largely open-air precinct which has a number of major national chains, while the high street has plenty of local retailers selling locally-made goods.
Yeovil is equidistant between Exeter International Airport to the west and Bournemouth Airport to the east, with both being just over 35 miles away in either direction. Exeter has the slightly wider range of flights available.
To get to Exeter, take the A30 westbound, which will have a turnoff at the airport. As for Bournemouth, the A37 towards Dorchester and A31 will take you there.