How to get to Royal Ascot by train

Getting to Royal Ascot 2015 by train

Top hats, fine dining, champagne (oh, and some racing). There are lots of reasons to experience Royal Ascot. For 300 years some of the world’s finest racehorses have competed for the prestigious Gold Cup.

How to get to Royal Ascot by Train

The nearest station to Royal Ascot is Ascot. Check trains to Ascot racecourse to plan your journey.

From London

South West Trains operates 2-3 trains per hour departing from London Waterloo to Ascot station. Extra services are usually provided to support race days. Heading to Ascot via London? Plan your journey here.

From Reading

Approximately 4 trains per hour run from Reading station to Ascot. Again, extra services are often provided to make travel easier.

From the station to the race course

Royal Ascot is an approximate 10 minute walk from Ascot train station.

What to wear and what to take

Ladies at Royal Ascot. Image: Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot is a major fashion event in it’s own right, you must dress to impress. You can find the formal dress code for Royal Ascot 2015 here.

Royal Ascot has a strict picnic policy. Picnics, Blankets and folding chairs are only allowed in the Silver Ring and Heath Enclosure. Food must be in a picnic basket or cool box, and there is an alcohol limit of 1 bottle of sparkling wine or champagne per picnic.

The Queen Rides First Class. Image: The Guardian

Queen Elizabeth II’s Greatest Train Moments: The Queen’s Birthday

To Celebrate HM The Queen’s Birthday, we’ve scoured the history books to find her finest train moments. Happy Birthday Ma’am!

6. In a mind-blowing twist, her Majesty the Queen boards a train service from Kings Lynn to Kings Cross. Blooming Marvellous!

HM the Queen boarding a train from Kings Lynn to London Kings Cross. Image: Daily Mail

5. The Royal Party arrives on a train to Leicester for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations

The Queen arrives at Leicester for her Jubilee Celebrations - Image: Telegraph

4. The Commuting Queen, on a visit to Baker Street station to celebrate 150 years of the London Underground

The Queen visits Baker Street station to celebrate 100 years of the London Underground. Image: Guardian

3. Queen Elizabeth II with Princess Margaret, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew in the royal train en route for Christmas at Sandringham.

The Queen and family ride the Royal Train to Sandringham for Christmas. Image: Telegraph

2. The Queen takes a ride on a vintage steam train in Hampshire.

The Queen rides a steam train in Hampshire. Image: The Guardian

1. HM The Queen travelling on a first class train service to Sandringham. 

The Queen Rides First Class. Image: The Guardian

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The 6 Best British Beaches

Britain, bring out your buckets and spades! We’ve chosen 6 of the best beaches in the UK.

1. Woolacombe – Devon

Woolacomble Beach, North Devon (Image: Hughie O'Connor, Flickr)Looking for amazing scenery and a view of the Atlantic ocean? Look no further than Woolacombe. North Devon’s award winning beach also has lots of hotels, pubs and restaurants on the doorstep. There’s even surfing schools (if you’re feeling adventurous) and retail therapy for the shoppers. The nearest train station to Woolacombe Beach is Barnstaple.

2. Nairn – Scottish Highlands

Nairn Beach on a summer day. Image: TripAdvisorNairn boasts great views across the Moray Firth to the Black Isles. The coastline is home to Dolphins, and the town itself boasts some of the region’s finest golf courses. It’s also commonly agreed to be one of the driest and sunniest places in Scotland. The nearest station to Nairn Beach is Nairn.

3. Rhossili Bay – South Wales

A man reads a book on a bench overlooking Rhossili Bay. Image: Catrin Austin (Flickr)If you are visiting South Wales Rhossili should be top of your list, peaceful and less crowded than some of its Cornish cousins this is the perfect spot to while away an afternoon. Rhossili Bay has also been the location used for filming many scenes for BBC dramas ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Torchwood’, so this is an essential visit for all fans of the Doctor. The nearest station is Swansea.

4. West Wittering Beach – Chichester

West Wittering Beach. Image: it’s rolling sand dunes and seemingly endless walks along the shore, West Wittering is a must for beach fans this summer. Trains to Chichester take 1 hour and 30 minutes from London, and a shuttle bus operates from the train station to the beach. Make sure you alight from the shuttle bus at The Old House and Home Pub stop, from which the beach is a short walk away.

5. Fistral Beach – Newquay

Fistral Beach, Newquay. A surfer's paradise. Image: TripadvisotFistral isn’t just a surfer’s paradise, it’s also a family friendly beach with great views and lots of facilities to keep the whole family entertained. When you’re tired of the sand, why not pop into the Fistral Hotel for a quiet drink and watch the sun go down? A train to Newquay station leaves you a short walk away from Fistral Beach.

6. Weymouth

Weymouth Beach and town centre. Image: Chris Parker, FlickrHead to Weymouth beach for a traditional bucket and spade day. It’s beach offers 3 miles of sand, rides for the kids and is right next to the town centre (in case you fancy a new pair of flip flops). The nearest station to Weymouth Beach is Weymouth. Trains to Weymouth run 2 services an hour from London Waterloo to Weymouth, with a journey time of approximately 3 hours.

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Getting to Glastonbury Festival 2015

Glastonbury fields an impressive line up of world-class acts. Friday night kicks off Florence + the Machine. The following night their place on the iconic Pyramid stage will be taken by Kanye West and the ever-smiling Pharell, as well as the cutesie but immensely talented Paloma Faith. On Sunday it’s the turn of the greats with The Who, Patti Smith, Lionel Ritchie and Paul Weller sure to delight the crowd. To make sure you don’t miss out on the action, here’s how to get to Glastonbury.

1. Nearest train station to Glastonbury

A train from London Paddington arrives at Castle Cary station. Image: Curly42, Flickr First Great Western trains heading for Glastonbury depart from London’s Paddington Station. The nearest station for festival-goers is Castle Cary, a short distance from Yeovil. Extra departures are added to the already frequent timetable making finding a London to Glastonbury train easy. Taking the train means that the party can start as soon as you begin your journey.

Castle Cary is the nearest railway station to GlastonburyThere’s even a free shuttle bus for Festival ticket-holders meaning you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to get from the station to the Glasto gates. Shuttle Buses run throughout the Festival period from Wednesday to Monday. When you’re ready to head back to the station, this quarter-hourly bus leaves from Pedestrian gate A.

Save your pennies for the beer tent!

Travel smart and book your train tickets to Glastonbury in advance with trainline. Got a Railcard? Use it when you purchase to save another 1/3 on your fare.

2. Bus to Glastonbury

National Express coaches also serve Glastonbury FestivalNational Express coaches operate services from certain destinations across the United Kingdom (including London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow). Local buses include the 376 from Bristol which connects to the special Festival bus services, GF1 from Glastonbury (Wednesday to Monday) and GF6 (Friday to Monday). Shuttle GF2 runs from Shepton Mallet and GF4/5 for guests staying at Worthy View campsite.

3. Drive to Glastonbury Festival

Driving to Glastonbury is perhaps the most unpredictable method of getting to the Festival. If you’re coming from London you’ll need to take the M3, A303 and then A37; from the west, the M4 or M5 followed by the A39.

Try these postcodes in your SatNav: TA11 7DP, BA6 9XE or BA4 4LY. (Note that SatNav directions won’t get you all the way so look out for Festival signs to follow as soon as you get closer to the site).

If you drive, expect long queues to get in, especially if you time your arrival for Wednesday morning or depart on the Monday. It’s an unfortunate reality that you could be stuck in traffic for several hours so be prepared. You don’t get to choose exactly where you park as the marshals try to keep the traffic moving. In addition, parking is expensive at £25 per vehicle for a pass. You can buy it here.

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Film in the City Edinburgh 2015

3 things to do in the UK this weekend

1. London – Star Wars at Madame Tussauds

Star Wars Special Exhibition at Madame Tussauds London

The force has truly awakened at Madame Tussauds in London, with endless photo opportunities with your favourite characters from the Star Wars Saga. Book in advance and find the best fares for trains to London.

2. Manchester – Cosmic Con at the Hilton, Manchester Airport

Cosmic Con, Space Exhibition Manchester

Manchester’s Cosmic Con is one of the UK’s premier space events. Guests have the opportunity to meet and chat to astronauts from the Apollo and Space Shuttle missions, as well as leading astronomers and meteorite hunters. If you don’t happen to have a jetpack to hand, fear not! The event is easily accessible by trains to Manchester Airport.

3. Edinburgh – Film in the City Outdoor Cinema

Film in the City Edinburgh 2015

See classic movies including West Side Story and Grease in the fresh air at Film in the City, in Edinburgh’s beautiful Grassmarket area. Check the best fares for trains to Edinburgh.

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Trainline has landed on Apple Watch

Welcome to Trainline on Apple Watch! We’ve designed one of the first travel apps in the UK that brings the latest innovations from our mobile app to your wrist.

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Our Apple Watch app works seamlessly with your Trainline iPhone app to help you access all the on-time info you need to make your journey smoother, from start to finish. After getting directions to the nearest station on a map, your app tells you exactly how long you’ve got until your train leaves, so no more mad dashes and sloshing coffees. We’ll even tell you which platform to head to (we’re nice like that). Live journey progress gives you clear info on your expected time of arrival at each station en-route, as well as the platform you’ll be arriving at, so that special someone can meet you with a bunch of flowers. If you’ve already purchased your tickets, Apple Watch will show you the booking reference you need to collect them from the station’s ticket machines.

Key Features

  • Gives you directions to nearest railway stations on a map.
  • Tells you how long until your train departs, and what platform to go to at a glance.
  • Monitors the live progress of your train, gets arrival times for each station and which platforms you’ll be arriving at.
  • Presents your booking reference for collecting tickets at the station.

Download our App

“How do I get it?” we hear you ask… Just sync your new Apple Watch with your iPhone, and Trainline’s features become available (you need to have an iPhone with our free mobile app installed to use the Apple Watch app).

Coming to a wrist near you from April 24th

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6 Ways to Spice up your Bank Holiday

HOORAY! It’s finally here, the first Bank Holiday of the year. For two glorious weekends you get to skip the Sunday night feeling or Monday morning dread, and live the good life of a 3 day weekend. Here are 6 things to help you make the most of the first Bank Holiday of the year.

1. Stuff yourself

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 09.43.58 The ultimate street food party returns to Dalston this May Bank Holiday. Try the Korean Burritos washed down with a tipple from the Gin Store. 

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2. Burn it off, rave and run.

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 09.44.23 After Street Feast, you’ve probably gained a few pounds… Fear not! Electric Run is back in London this Bank Holiday. You run your way through a series of electric-themed landscapes and cross a finish line where live DJ’s help you dance off any energy you have left. There are also Electric runs happening in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow. 

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Electric Run, London. May 2nd

3. Anchors away

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 09.44.29 ALERT: Serious Instagram opportunity approaching! As if immersing yourself in a beautiful and poetic woodland wasn’t enough, Leigh woods in Bristol have installed a flotilla of abandoned fishing boats for you to climb on and explore. #nofilter Moments ahoy!

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Withdrawn at Leigh Woods, Bristol. Until 31 Oct.

4. Football fanatic fun

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 09.43.53 This one is a must for any lovers of the beautiful game. The National Football Museum in Manchester is fun for all ages, with interactive installations for kids and everything you need to know about the history of football. There’s also a great exhibition on the role of football in World War One. Definitely one to check out. 

Trains to Manchester

National Football Museum, Manchester. The Greater Game Exhibition. Until 6th Dec.

5. Get Contemporary 

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 09.44.15 Birmingham’s internationally acclaimed Ikon contemporary art gallery is celebrating 50 years of displaying some of the most thought provoking, contemporary art there is. If that wasn’t enough, it’s also totally free! A great space to spend a couple of hours exploring.

Trains to Birmingham 

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

6. A Bucket-load of bunting

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 09.44.08 The lovely canals of Little Venice are a buzz with activity this May Bank Holiday with the annual gathering of the Inland Waterways Association of canal boats. All the boats will be dressed up and ready to party British style: food, Morris dancing, real ale and canal craziness. What’s not to love?

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Street Feast, London. 1-2nd May.