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2 companies run out of the station if you don't count the steam train.
Central trains to Birmingham and the north and Chiltern railways to London and the south.
If you can't find what you're looking for on their web pages try this one below.
A history of the station and other information is also available at
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Phone: +44 1216 342 040
You can travel to Stratford-upon-Avon on Chiltern Railways from London Marylebone Station. There are direct services every two hours.
In June 2009 they have introduced special late night trains departing Stratford-upon-Avon at 2320 on selected Saturdays to tie in with evening performances at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. These trains also call at Leamington Spa, Banbury, Bicester North, Haddenham and Thame Parkway and High Wycombe - see the website for details.
From time to time special leaflets are available with money-off vouchers for attractions and restaurants in Stratford with a valid Chiltern Railways ticket, so look out for them at Marylebone station.
Updated Jun 11, 2009
The drive to Startford takes about an hour by car/straight coach. The M 40 is the efficient direct route to town, to get into greater Warwickshire. Then, take the A 46 at Longbridge Island (between Warwick and Stratford)
Written Jul 15, 2008
Stratford now has a park & ride, which is ideal if you are driving there. No need to spend forever looking for an expensive parking place.
The buses are regular (about every 10 minutes) and parking is free. A return journey costs 1.30GBP (as of June 2008), which is pretty good value.
There are two stops in the town, and you get the bus back from opposite where you get off; couldn't be simpler.
Don't be dismayed if the bus goes into a supermarket car park; it will come out again, and go on into the town!
Highly recommended. Look at the webslink for location details.
Updated Jun 29, 2008
Cycling is another good form of exercise, plus is an easy way to get around town.
Parking is a mini nightmare at the best of times, and it doesnt make sense to catch buses around the town unless you are doing the sightseeing bus, as the town is easily walkable.
There are plenty of places to keep your bike safe as you go about your business.
Aooarently it is also a good place to advertise your business :)
Written May 11, 2007
We drove to Stratford-upon-Avon, but there is a train/bus that takes you right there. Many people prefer this, especially as parking is so limited during peak season.. they actually recommend this.
The town is relatively small, easy to walk.. and for the out areas... Mary Arden's House and Anne Hathaway's Cottage, there is the City Sightseeing bus that can take you there. So there's no real need for a car.
If going by train from London:
Chiltern Railways operates a direct service from London Marylebone Station to Stratford-upon-Avon Station. Book your ticket through National Rail.
If going by bus from London:
National Express operates a direct service from London Victoria Station to Stratford-upon-Avon. Book your ticket through National Express .
Written May 11, 2007
Did you know that the translation for Avon is 'river'?
We travelled on the River River then ;)
The river was lovely albeit there not being much on the trees at this time of year. It was early spring and flowers were blooming but there wasnt that much greenery around as there would be in summer.
The trip in the barge was lovely. We went on Bancroft Cruises, which last 45 minutes. It seemed like alot shorter than that though, as time flies! But it was a full 45 minutes.
We cruised beneath the 500 year old Compton Bridge, past the Royal Shakespeare Company's two theatres, and then as far as the absolutely gorgeous Trinity Church.
There are plenty of ducks and geese to see along the way, as well as other cruisers and rowers. It was peaceful.
I think it would have been nicer if it was an open air tour (better for photographs too!), but it was still lovely :)
We paid £4.50 each as 2 adults. If you want to know when the next boat trip is, look at the clock on the deck.
Updated May 9, 2007
We saw Stratford-upon-Avon in two ways... by hopping off and on a sightseeing bus, plus by doing loads of walking.
The bus picks you up at points all over the town and comes along every 15 to 30 minutes.
Our trip took around an hour from start to finish, we then did it again but this time, hopped on and off at places we wanted to see.
This is handy as some places, like Mary Arden's House and Anen Hathaway's Cottage, are out of town and a tad far to walk. We do have a car but decided to go by bus.
The commentary is electronic and informative. They provide a good service!
Written May 9, 2007
Rather than be a part of a guided tour from London, it is much more worthwhile to take the train here. Trains run from London Marylebone Station to Stratford-uon-Avon. A few may require a change of trains on the way as it depends on the time and day. The small station is a short walk to the center of town. It is worth noting that the train could pass through some other notable towns such as Leamington Spa or Warwick. Thus, they could be combined on a day trip.
Written Dec 29, 2006
If you don't have a car at your disposal and want to see the Shakespeare-related properties outside Stratford-upon-Avon, i.e. Mary Arden's (Shakespeare's mother's) House and Anne Hathaway's Cottage, taking a sightseeing tour with Guide Friday will help. Especially the former as Anne Hathaway's Cottage is just 1 mile away. Otherwise, Stratford is small enough to visit on foot and you can easily find your way around it. The good thing about the tours is that you can hop on and off the bus at will and even repeat the tour as the ticket is valid for the whole day. The tour covers all the most interesting places within Stratford as well as some nearby villages. There is a recorded commentary and every alternate bus has a live guide, which I would definitely prefer. The buses leave every 15-30 minutes from outside the Tourist Information.
Prices: Adult - 9 GBP, concessions - 7 GBP, child - 4 GBP
Updated Nov 9, 2006
Phone: 01789 299123
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