Planning your visit

Welcome to East Quay.

Come and explore the galleries and artist studios, eat at the restaurant, stay in one of the five pods and take part in one of the many events.

Entry to the galleries is free for everyone, with a charge for some of the events.  You are welcome to explore the different artist studios and chat to the artists, explore the walkways and see incredible views of our Somerset coastline. 

East Quay
TA23 0AQ
01984 263103
Covid Safe
Accessible spaces



Admission and booking

Admission to East Quay is free of any charge, and we have contactless donation points in the main core of the building if you would like to help support us. All donations go to Contains Art (Registered Charity Number 1193931) to help fund art, culture, and arts education.

Booking for events is recommended to avoid disappointment and can be done through this site. Accommodation must be booked in advance.



Opening hours

Shop and Galleries 10.00-17.00
Kitchen 9.00-18.00 daily
Breakfast from 9.00-11.00, Lunch from 12-15.00
Open for evening meals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday only 18.00-20.00



Getting here and getting around

The most sustainable options for getting to Watchet include rail, buses and bikes. Car sharing sites such as Liftshare can often help to connect visitors from Taunton to Watchet. For more information on getting around you can check the LoveWatchet website or pop by our visitors centre next to the Watchet Boat Museum at the top of Harbour Road.

By public transport

The nearest mainline rail station is Taunton, which works with Buses of Somerset route 28 to pick up and drop off at the station itself. The bus stop in Watchet is located on Harbour Road, close to East Quay. Please check train and bus timetables for compatible journey connections before you travel.

By bicycle
You can get to Watchet by bike via a network of off-road and on-road routes. please check Somerset walking and cycling maps and Steam Coast Trail for safety tips, maps and more. At East Quay there are Sheffield cycle stands for 13 bikes.

By road
The M5 motorway passes by Taunton. To reach Watchet, leave the M5 at junction 25 (Taunton) and follow signs for Minehead. Alternatively, if approaching from the north, you can leave the M5 at Junction 24 (Bridgwater) and follow the A39 towards Minehead and then Watchet.

Watchet has several long-stay, pay and display car parks. The nearest to East Quay is the Harbour Road car park, Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0ET. Other car parks in Watchet can be found in Anchor Street, Market Street, Swain Street, and West Pier.
The most sustainable options for getting to Watchet include rail, buses and bikes.
There are two available accessible parking spaces at the entrance to East Quay on the left, opposite the Marina Offices.

Getting around
East Quay is set over three floors, and has multiple access points and ways to explore. Ask at the information desk for a floorplan or look for the wayfinding around the building.



Entrances, Exits, Stairs and Lifts

Ground Floor
East Quay’s main entrance can be found in the inner corner of the building. East Quay Kitchen access from the courtyard. There is step-free access to the ground floor Shop, East Quay Kitchen, Gallery 1, the courtyard, Two Rivers Paper, Albatross Print Studio, and Geckoella. The central staircase and lift takes you from the ground floor up to the first floor.

First Floor
There are two external staircases leading up to the first floor. You can also access the first floor from the England Coast Path parallel to the railway via a footbridge. There is step-free access via a lift or the footbridge to Gallery 2, Creator Space, Pod 2 First Floor, and Studios 5 - 10. The central staircase continues up to the second floor.

There is no lift access beyond the first floor.




Children's activities
Children can do colouring and drawing in the Courtyard at East Quay at anytime. Ask in the shop for more information and resources.

There is easy access for pushchairs via the courtyard, or the first floor footbridge from the England Coast Path.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch and an evening menu* from the East Quay Kitchen, located on the ground floor. *Evening meals are only served Friday & Saturday.

Toilets and baby changing facilities are available on the ground and first floor (with lift access). An ambulant toilet is also located on the ground floor.

Free Wi-Fi is available at East Quay

Lost property
If you think that you have lost an item of your property while visiting, please contact us. It is our policy to keep lost property for a minimum of six weeks and to offer unclaimed items to charity.

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