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Daytrip from London by public transport or tour?

by SandiM Online Now Jan 25, 2013 at 2:41 PM

We're in London for a few days and we would like to do a daytrip or tour to this town for photography & exploring. Are there any decent tours out there that spend a decent amount of time here? Or, is there a bus or train from London (we're staying near Kings Cross station). We don't drive. Any help would be appreciated! We do want to spend at least 2 hours here. Is it busy? Probably go here on Easter Sunday, if fates allow! Or ?

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    Re: Daytrip from London by public transport or tour?

    by hawkhead Online Now Jan 25, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    The nearest train station is Chippenham. Castle Combe is about 4.8 miles away. Trains from London leave from Paddington. Look at www.trainlines.com for trains on your dates.

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    Re: Daytrip from London by public transport or tour?

    by leics Online Now Jan 26, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    You can also look at the official UK railway website www.nationalrail.co.uk

    Buses to Castle Combe are few and far between, I'm afraid, so a taxi from Chippenham makes sense (do get their number for your trip back!).

    For a daytrip you could easily combine Castle Combe with Lacock (about 10 miles away), which is an absolutely stunning village entirely owned by the National Trust:

    http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock/

    Photos etc on my Chippenham page, and here:

    nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock/...

    You'd need to use taxis to do both places, but Lacock has a much more frequent bus service to Chippenham (about 4.5 miles away) than CC:

    tauntondeane.gov.uk/irj/go/k...

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    Re: Daytrip from London by public transport or tour?

    by ranger49 Online Now Jan 26, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    I have family living close by and the only time we haved visit recently is in winter preferably on a weekday.
    The Easter weekend is always very busy and this year one of the famous car racing meetings takes place on the Monday 1st April. If the weather is good you may find it very busy indeed.

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    Re: Daytrip from London by public transport or tour?

    by ranger49 Online Now Jan 26, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Or?
    Plenty of other scenic places in the area - like e.g. Lacock the National Trust picture-postcard village; Malmesbury village and Abbey.
    The problem is that although Easter is early this year and may be cold, it is the first holiday of the year and always brings out crowds - local families and tourists alike. So wherever you go it may be difficult to escape the crowds.

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    Re: Daytrip from London by public transport or tour?

    by ranger49 Online Now Jan 26, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Or?
    Plenty of other scenic places in the area - like e.g. Lacock the National Trust picture-postcard village; Malmesbury village and Abbey.
    The problem is that although Easter is early this year and may be cold, it is the first holiday of the year and always brings out crowds - local families and tourists alike. So wherever you go it may be difficult to escape the crowds.

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    Re: Daytrip from London by public transport or tour?

    by Britannia2 Online Now Jan 26, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    Have a look at the First Great Western (thats the train company who operate trains west out of London from Paddington mainline station) at - firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Dest...
    They have some travel offers on where you get a train ticket and then a dedicated bus/coach between places not served by rail. At the end of the day they take you back to a Paddington bound train.
    Paddington is just 20 minutes on a westbound Circle Line train from Kings Cross or you can take a 205 bus - they go every few minutes from outside St Pancras Library which is opposite Kings Cross/St Pancras stations.

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    Re: Daytrip from London by public transport or tour?

    by cubsur Online Now Jan 28, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    There are no buses on Sundays between Chippenham and Castle Combe.

    There are four useful buses on weekdays, but probably not useful on Saturdays, details at

    travelinesw.com/swe/XSLT_TRI...

    Castle Combe is a small village, population about 350, rather than a town.

    And I will add that all over the Easter weekend a major railway rebuilding project is taking place at Reading, on the normal route to Chippenham, which means that trains will be diverted via Oxford and be taking nearly 2hrs 30 minutes for the journey instead of the usual 1hr 15 minutes.

    Good luck.

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