What it the best way to get to Newbury from London by public transportation? I plan to visit Highclere Castle
There are hourly trains from London Paddington, taking 52 minutes. See http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/ for fares and schedules.
Just to add to that there is no public transport to get to Highclere Castle, you will have to get a taxi at a cost of about £17 each way.
Taxis are right outside the Sation.
Is it possible to go to Newbury by train then take a bus to Highclere and go walking from there to the Castle? I can imagine the landscape must be beautiful to do an enjoyable stroll to the Castle.
There are no buses that go anywhere near Highclere Castle I am afraid.
The public entrance is off the old A34 road about 5 miles South of Newbury, and the village of Highclere is on the other side of the estate from the entrance.
The only bus service is the Stagecoach Newbury - Basingstoke service which will drop you just outside Newbury near the Swan pub at Newtown, but it is still some miles from the Castle.
Taxi is the only way, journey time 15 mins or so, coast about £15 each way.
If the reason for visiting Highclere Castle is because of the Downton Abbey connection, there is a day tour from London which includes the Castle, and the Oxfordshire village where the Downton Village scenes were shot.
Given that Highclere Castle is not accessible by public transport other than taxi from Newbury, this might be a cost-effective and enjoyable way of doing it.
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