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Windsor to Bath

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Windsor to Bath

My family of 3 will be traveling to London in May. It'll be our first trip to Europe. We are rather ignorant of everything about getting around, and can certainly use your insight. We plan to spend 4 nights in London, 1 night in Windsor and 2 nights in Bath. Would greatly appreciate a tip or two regarding the best way to get from Windsor to Bath and back to London. How long of a trip is Windsor to Bath? In addition, please recommend accommodation in Windsor that is under 90Euro, and close to the center of travel. Thank you much!

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I think the best way to do this is by train. Windsor is at the end of a branch line starting in Slough. Windsor also has two stations. You'll need to use Central Station for Bath and change trains in Slough. Not many express trains to Bath stop at Slough so you may need to change trains again in Reading as you head west to Bath. Returning to London is easy as you can take a direct train from Bath to London. The services are run by First Great Western so you'll need to look at their website for timetables and fares.

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plumfrog: It's very easy to take the train from London to Windsor and then on to Bath and back again to London. And Windsor is a small enough town that you should be able to walk around easily.

Check out www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares.

And look at www.multimap.com or www.mappy.com for maps.

For help with accommodation, do a search for hotels on this site or on the websites below:

http://www.windsor.gov.uk/

http://visitbath.co.uk/site/home

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Thank you for your input. How long of a train ride is it to go from Windsor to Bath? Since there is no direct train available, I wonder if I should make Windsor a day trip, and head back to London the same day, and then travel to Bath the next? Thanks again.

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The train from Windsor to Slough takes 5 minutes, however I'd not consider Bath and Windsor as a combined day trip.

If you are planning an overnight stay in Windsor (which would be a very pleasant thing) then allow just over two hours to get from there to Bath.

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Henneth, you are right....I am not thinking of combining Windsor and Bath in a day trip. We plan to take a couple of escorted excursions around Bath, and hence, the two- night stay is necessary.

I have the impression that it's not that straight forward to ride the train from Windsor to Bath. Perhaps we should not spend the night in Windsor. After our visit to the castle, maybe we should take the train back to London, and then on the following day, head for Bath and stay for 2 nights. Less hassle with the changing of trains, you think?

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Once you've made the short journey from Windsor to Slough you will be at a station on the London to Bath main railway. Some fast trains out of London may call at Slough to pick you up and take you onwards to Bath, however most express trains skip Slough and call at the next major station along the line which is Reading so if you choose to stay in Windsor then you could head off to Bath by taking the train to Slough and changing for a train direct to Bath or one to Reading and then take the next express train from there to Bath instead. All these stations are on the West of England main line.

It wouldn't be difficult to return to London after a day visit to Windsor and then head out the next day to Bath either.

Basically, either option is relatively hassle-free train wise. It's just up to you if you'd like to overnight in Windsor or stick with another night in London.

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Thank you once more, henneth. I'll check the lodging situation in Windsor. That will drive my decision to stay overnight or not. I don't travel much. I think Europe's rail system is definitely convenient, but rather complex. Not knowing the language adds to my anxiety. Well, no venture no gain. After my trip in London and Paris, I may become a train expert (LOL....Hardly). I greatly appreciate your time and input, henneth.

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I live in Windsor and it would be a shame if all you saw was the Castle and the main tourist street (which as locals we all avoid). You should definately visit the castle - there is an exhibition of photos currently from the Queen's private collection. If you are here on the 16th, 17th or 18th May you will be able to visit Frogmore House and Queen Victoria's mausoleum which are in the Queen's private grounds and only open for 2 weekends every year. For more details go to

http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/

If you have the time, avoid all the tourists and take a stroll up the 'Long walk' that leads from the castle up to the 'Copper Horse'. You can then turn round and look at the Castle as it should be seen, between an avenue of beautiful horse chestnuts (and not from a road of shops selling tourist tat as most tourists see it). It will take you about an hour to get all the way up to the horse, but you will still get a great view even if you only walk for 15 mins or so. You can then quench your thirst in a proper English pub 'The Two Brewers' that is situated at the start of the Long Walk. You can also take a trip on the river, boats leave regularly opposite 'Browns' restaurant. As a rower myself, I would certainly recommend this. If you get the trip with commentary they will point out where all the celebrities live for you! Another place for a nice walk is over the bridge into Eton, where Eton School is (the famous private school that Prince William and Harry attended). Nice if you have time, but I would do the other things above first. Hotels are very expensive in Windsor so if you get a good deal in London (unlikely) I would recommend you visit for the day. You can get a direct train from London Waterloo to Windsor Riverside - it takes about 40 mins. The other people who have replyed to you have all been mentioning Windsor Central Station that links to Slough, and then to London Paddington. Much more hassle if you're coming from London and you're worried about changing trains. Stick with the train from Waterloo. Good luck with your hotels, I don't know of any in the area for less than ã120 a night (180 euro). You might find this website useful http://www.windsor.gov.uk/