It’s possible to get from London to Stratford-upon-Avon by Train in several different ways, although the only direct trains leave from London’s Marylebone Station. However, the first direct train doesn’t leave till 9.30 in the morning (at the time of writing) and takes about two hours to get to Stratford. The last direct train back to London from Stratford-upon-Avon leaves in the early evening.
There are earlier trains to Stratford, from both Marylebone and Euston Stations, but they involve a change of trains on the way, sometimes more than one change. The easiest route involves one change of trains at Leamington Spa, other routes involve going into Birmingham’s New Street Station and out of Birmingham’s Moor Street Station to get to Stratford-upon-Avon.
It’s possible to stay a little later in the evening and return to London if you’re prepared to change trains at either Birmingham or Oxford, but with a journey time of anything from 2hr 30mins to 3hr 30mins, it’s not a great way to end a day out. The best alternative is to consider driving from London to Stratford-upon-Avon or to stay overnight and take in a production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
The train station in Stratford-upon-Avon is just to the west of the town centre on, surprisingly, Station Road. It is only a few minutes’ walk into the centre.
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