How to join our Go Cotswolds Day Tour from London

Many people take a day trip out of London to join a Go Cotswolds Day Tour by train – it’s easy! Here is everything you should need to know…

On Wednesdays, Thursdays* and Fridays: 

  • We recommend you take the 07.50 train from London Paddington station, which arrives at Moreton-in-Marsh at 09.18. This is the fastest and most convenient route from London.
  • The tour departs from Moreton-in-Marsh station by 09.45 at the latest.
  • You can also take the 06.17 train from London Marylebone station, which arrives at Stratford-upon-Avon at 08.46. The tour departs from Stratford-upon-Avon at approximately 09.00. 

Please note: we no longer offer a pick-up from Leamington Spa (except on Sundays for customers travelling from Birmingham. On Sundays, there are no trains that arrive at Leamington Spa in time for our tour). 

On Saturdays*: 

  • We recommend you take the 07.50 train from London Paddington station, which arrives at Moreton-in-Marsh at 09.20. 
  • The tour departs from Moreton-in-Marsh station by 09.45 at the latest.

Alternatively, you can take the 05.50 train from London Paddington station, to Oxford, arriving at Oxford at 06.47. From Oxford, take the 07.12 train to Leamington Spa. which arrives at Stratford-upon-Avon at 08.46. The tour departs from Stratford-upon-Avon at approximately 09.00. 

Please note: we no longer offer a pick-up from Leamington Spa (except on Sundays for customers travelling from Birmingham. However, there are no trains from London that arrive at Leamington Spa in time for our tour on Sundays). 

On Sundays:

  • We recommend you take the 07.37 train from London Paddington, which arrives at Moreton-in-Marsh at 09.26.
  • The tour departs from Moreton-in-Marsh station at 10.00 at the latest.

Please note: on Sundays, there are no trains from London that arrive at Stratford-upon-Avon or Leamington Spa in time for our tour. 

Returning to London

We recommend that you purchase a flexible “anytime return” rail ticket that allows you to take any return train to London on your chosen route. However, you may wish to book a specific return train in advance. If so, bear in mind that we aim to return to the following stations at the following times (on both weekday and weekend tours): 

  • Moreton-in-Marsh: 17.00
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: 17.45
  • Leamington Spa (Sundays only): 18.15

These times are usually the latest times we will return to these stations. In case of heavy traffic or other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we can never 100% guarantee to be back on time, but it is usually safe to book a return train after these times.

Train times and fares

Up-to-date information on timetables and ticket prices across the British rail network can be found on the National Rail Enquiries website: www.nationalrail.co.uk.

Train timetables can occasionally change – for example, because of planned or unplanned engineering works, public holidays or special events – so please ensure you double check the train times before you travel. 

In the UK, train seats do not sell out, but tickets generally get more expensive closer to the date of travel. Please check the price of the train fare before you book your Cotswolds Day Tour. 

Need help joining a tour from a different location?

Check our other help pages on joining a tour from OxfordBirmingham, Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-AvonMoreton-in-MarshChipping Campden, Bath, Bourton-on-the-Water, Bristol, Cheltenham, Coventry, Gloucester, Guildford, Reading, Southampton, Stow-on-the-Wold or Worcester.

If you plan on driving to one of our pick-up locations, please see here for more information: https://www.gocotswolds.co.uk/drivingdirections/.

Further questions?

Please check our FAQs page, but if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, just send us an email and we’ll be pleased to help! You can reach us at info@gocotswolds.co.uk, or use the contact form here

Disclaimer

The train schedule information we have provided here, in good faith, is correct at the time of writing (updated: 16 December 2019). Ultimately, it is your responsibility to reach the pick-up location at the stated time. In the event that your train is delayed or cancelled, we at Go Cotswolds will do our utmost to make sure that you can still join the tour, even if it means you join a little late. However, in line with our terms and conditions (which you must agree to when you book a ticket with us), Go Cotswolds accepts no responsibility, and will provide no refund or compensation for tours missed through no fault of our own, including delayed, cancelled or missed trains. We recommend that you take out suitable travel insurance to cover you in this eventuality. 

*Tours operate on Thursdays and Saturdays between May and September only. 

 

 

 

Images: Palace of Westminster – Diliff (CCBYSA2.5); Rail departures board – Tom Page (CCBYSA2.0)