Our family of 4 will be staying at Novotel Birmingham Centre May 2-5. We plan to take 2 day trips to Thomasland at Drayton Manor in Tamworth and Stratford-upon-Avon. Based on reading posts on this forum, it seems traveling by train will be the quickest option. I've also read the train travel guide seat61.com/…20fares
But I'm still a bit confused about how to go about getting the tickets.
Birmingham-Stratford-upon-Avon. 2 adults, 2 kids, May 3. Same day return.
Birmingham-Tamworth. 2 adults, 2 kids, Saturday May 4. Same day return.
I would prefer not to be tied to a particular time, if there is no difference in fare.
So should we book the tickets in advance? Or will they get more expensive closer to the journey date.
I was trying to make a return booking from Birmingham to Tamworth. The tickets for 2 adults, 2 kids. I selected particular train times, because I couldn't get to the next step... 10.17am and 7:02pm. The tickets that came up were Anytime Day Return for a total of GBP 22.80. Does this mean, I can travel only on the selected train or anytime that day?
On the next page, I was asked to reserve seats. But if I reserve seats, that locks me into that particular train doesn't it. Won't I lose flexibility? And if I don't reserve seats, will I be able to travel on any train. Or will I have to reserve seats at the station before going on-board?
I've aborted the booking... and posted here hoping to get some clarity about what exactly I was booking.
Ideally I don't want to be tied in to a particular time as we're traveling with small kids.
Also, what would be the advice for booking tickets from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon.
Sorry... if it sounds confusing. But this is my first experience with the train travel in the UK and I'm not sure about the general rules of train travel in the UK.
Thanks a lot.
PS: Am posting on the Train Travel forum too.Edited: 7:58 am, April 08, 2013