I'm in London over June/July, and was wondering if anyone has any advice for good day trips outside of London - any really good castles or houses & gardens that can be easily reached by public transport? (Even better if there's 2 that can be reached in the same trip!)
I'm already planning to go to Hever Castle & Ightham mote one day, and Stratford-upon-Avon & Warwick Castle another day...oh, anyone know the best way to do Stratford & Warwick Castle in the one day? I don't want to spend too much time in Stratford, just an hour or two. I find all the different transport sites on the web very confusing, so if someone knows the best way, that would be great...
Plenty of trains between Warwick and Stratford (plus direct trains from London - regular London Marylebone to Warwick, some from London Paddington to both Warwick and Stratford). Your probably better doing Stratford first and ending in Warwick if you only want a couple of hours in Stratford.
There's also another castle nearby at Kenilworth which is quite good.
Other castle's/houses etc worth going to include:
Windsor (plus the great park and Eton)
Hampden Court (can be combined with Kew Gardens - both in same area of SW London)
Leeds castle in Kent (train to Maidstone)
Woodstock (coach to Oxford) which can be combined with Oxford
Further away but easy on train, you also have places like Winchester and Chichester etc. etc.
And lots of other options
Thanks - I didn't realise you could catch a train to Warwick, from what I've read I thought the only option was to get a bus there from Stratford! Haven't done enough research yet obviously.
Now that I look at the national rail site it seems it would be quicker to get a train to Warwick, and you can get a train + castle ticket for 27.80GBP, saving about 7 pounds? If I've got it right....the UK has so many different types of tickets, but I assume the minimum I'd need is a cheap day return.
I still can't get a straight answer anywhere about buses between Warwick & Stratford...I've emailed two tourist places and they haven't been very helpful! I just want to know how regularly they run and where they go from. I guess we'll just head to Warwick and if we can't figure it out when we get there we'll just visit the castle and skip Stratford...
There are a few other places on my list now - I forgot, I did want to go to Leeds Castle...also Blenheim Palace (I suppose Oxford while I'm at it), Tyntesfield & Bath & Prior Park (if possible to do it all in one daytrip!), Stourhead & Knole (possibly on the same day as Ightham Mote and Hever). I doubt I'll actually make it to all these places!
Ooops. Forgot to say in my last post that Woodstock is the village/town for Blenheim Palace, which was the reason for including it! Having said that, the town itself is lovely as well.
That ticket price sounds about right, although I haven’t checked it. You can also get trains between Warwick and Stratford easily enough, whilst from memory there are regular buses (I used to produce the publicity/timetables, but can’t remember details!) between them. I’ll try and find more details.
Also, as you are under 26, get yourself a young persons railcard as soon as you get to the Uk. It’s not that expensive and you get a third of all tickets, and it would probably have paid for itself after only 2 or maybe 3 of your trips, assuming you travel by train.
Hope some of that helps. If you want to ask anything else, feel free.
have a great time
Well, I've decided seeing as I can't find a timetable for buses from Warwick - Stratford, that we'll go to Charlecote Park instead! Seems easier...
I didn't think of a young persons railcard before...so tourists can definitely get one? There was no space for 'country' on the online form...
As far as i know, yes, you can get one as a foreigner. Can't remember the form. If it helps though, the address on there is only ever used if you loose your pass and and they find it (to send it back to you), so just give a C/o of a hotel/friend/whatever in uk or use your home address. Easier to do when you get to UK (any station) than online.
Bus timetables from Warwick to Stratford (hope this works):
If that doesn't work, in summary:
Services 16 and 18 run between the two from Warwick (Market Street) and Stratford (Bridge Street).
16 - 35mins past every hour (jny takes 21mins)
18 - 05mins past every hour (jny takes 40mins)
16 - 05mins past every hour
18 - 15mins past every hour
Hope that makes sense
btw, i must admit that i've never even heard of Charlecote Park - where the hell is that???
Ok...my next question is...can Knole & Leeds Castle be done in the same day and can Ightham Mote & Hever be done in the same day? From what I've read it seems it would be easiest to do Ightham Mote with Leeds Castle (getting off at Borough Green on the way there, catching the 222 bus to Ightham Mote, catching it back, getting back on the train and going to Leeds - I hope this can be done on one of those combined rail & castle entry tickets). I can't at the moment see how I could combine either Knole or Ightham with Hever with more than an hour at each place - is there any bus which goes from some station along the Hever line to Sevenoaks?!
Sorry, I see now that Knole could very easily be done with Hever, the national rail site confused me when I put in a destination and time and it only came up with one (totally unrelated) time, I thought there must be only one train a day! Thank god that isn't true...
But I'd still like to know if anyone can easily explain to me how Ightham Mote & Hever could be done in a day, there don't seem to be too many buses to Ightham Mote....how far is it from Sevenoaks station?
It would be possible if timed right. There's not all that many buses as it's a fairly rural area, but for that distance a taxi is probably not too expensive, especially if split between 2 or 3 of you. Apparently, it's 6 miles from Sevenoaks.
The National Trust site in general is probably very useful for many of these places.
Also, the SE traveline site (should) have all buses in the whole of the SE region in it, so try playing with that and see what permutations ar epossible
Anything more, just ask.