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Where to watch Pride in London 2015

On Saturday, June 27 the incredible Pride in London will close down parts of London with street processions and parties, including the world famous Oxford Street. As with previous years, there is a theme. This year’s London Pride theme is #PrideHeroes, celebrating people and groups who’ve contributed to LGBT+ equality. Think real-life heroes like Alan Turing and Harvey Milk. Pride is one of London’s biggest recurring events, and quite a spectacle to see.

Where to watch the Pride in London Parade

The parade itself leaves Baker Street at 1pm on Saturday 27 June. It passes through Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street before heading into Waterloo Place. It then makes a left onto Pall Mall, a right onto Cockspur Street and across the end of Trafalgar Square. All these locations are easily accessed on the London Underground, as well as local buses. Be ready for public transport to be much busier than usual in the hours before and after the parade.  Check out trains to London and plan your journey.

How to get to Pride by train

London is one of the best connected cities in the UK, with great rail connections from across the country. Arrive in London around 11am to make sure you don’t miss the parade. The nearest London Underground stations are Bond Street, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Charing Cross and Embankment. All these locations are accessible within 15 minutes from London terminus stations.

How do I take part in London Pride?

It’s still not too late to join! While registrations closed Friday May 15, there are still spaces for people who’d like to be  Flagbearers. According to Pride in London’s website, “Once the formal, organised element of the Parade has passed and barriers are removed, spectators can join the back of  the Parade but must follow instructions from Pride in London Stewards, security and police officers”.

If you’re not near London, you have still be part of the excitement by joining it on Facebook or being part of the conversation on Twitter #PrideHeroes or catching live streaming of the event.

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A view of Windsor Castle from Windsor. Image: Telegraph

10 Best Castles in Great Britain

The British landscape is liberally sprinkled with exquisite castles, each of them revelling in their reproduction of a bygone glory. But these castles were built to repel invading armies, meaning they were deliberately difficult to access. While they’re open to the public, fighting for a car parking space is the modern equivalent of falling in the moat. And trying to avoid the watchful traffic wardens must be a little like attempting to sidestep the archers that once patrolled the towers. Visiting Britain’s castles by train is far more relaxing. Here are ten of the best.

1. Windsor Castle

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Home to the royal family for over 1,000 years, Windsor Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world. It’s a treasure trove of libraries, state rooms, towering stone walls, and galleries full of Michaelangelos and Da Vincis. Fancy some exercise? Take the Long Walk all the way to the Castle. Windsor Castle by train is easy. Windsor & Eton Riverside is the terminus for half hourly direct trains from London Waterloo, a journey that takes less than an hour. Alternatively, change at Slough for trains to Windsor & Eton Central. Slough is on the First Great Western line between London Paddington and Reading. Both Windsor stations are within short walking distance of the castle.

Trainline Tip: During summer, the Changing of the Guard takes place at 11am from Monday to Saturday.

2. Dover Castle

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Nestled amongst white cliffs, the medieval fortress of Dover Castle is one of Britain’s most impenetrable. Its underground tunnels were still being used in WWII yet the royal courts effortlessly take you back to the time of Henry II. The castle is a 25 minute walk or short taxi ride from Dover Priory Railway Station, making visiting Dover Castle by train the quickest way to travel from London. There are direct hourly connections to and from London St Pancras, London Victoria, and London Charing Cross. Trainline Tip: Dover is Britain’s largest castle complex so allow a full day to see it all.

3. Castle Howard

Castle Howard. Image: Nick Garrod, Flickr

Castle Howard. Image: Nick Garrod, Flickr

Castle Howard delights in its impressions of regal pomp and razzmatazz, the stately grounds and gardens a great getaway from the city. It’s set in the rolling green landscape of Yorkshire, around 20 miles outside York. There are no direct trains to Castle Howard but the public transport journey is relatively straightforward. First travel to York Railway Station which is on the East Coast Mainline. From here, a visitor’s bus runs three times a day to the castle. Alternatively, take a train to Malton Station then a £13 – 15 taxi ride. Trainline Tip: Going to Castle Howard with the visitor’s bus gets you a discount on the entrance ticket.

4. Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Castle is unmissable, perched on a hill above the Scottish capital and dominating the skyline from all angles. Exit Edinburgh Waverley Station and you’ll see the castle peering down from above. Just walk uphill towards the iconic fortress walls. You really can’t miss it and taking the train to Edinburgh Castle is far quicker than circling Edinburgh city centre looking for a parking space. Trainline Tip: Edinburgh Castle gets very busy during summer and booking tickets online in advance saves a frustrated 30 minutes in the queue.

5. Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle. Image: Giborn_134, Flickr

Caernarfon Castle. Image: Giborn_134, Flickr

Striking polygonal towers are just the start of Caernarfon Castle’s originality. Towering above the river, this Welsh castle is a real ode to intimidating medieval fortresses. It’s a World Heritage Site and one that would have scared any invading army into submission. The closest train station to Caernarfon Castle is Caernarfon Station on the Welsh Highland narrow gorge railway. A more realistic journey by train is to alight in Bangor and take bus number 5a or 9 direct to the castle. Trainline Tip: The recently completed Welsh Highland Railway is the longest heritage railway line in the UK.

6. Warwick Castle

Sunglasses required. Warwick Castle in the sunshine. Image: Lisa West, Flickr

Sunglasses required. Warwick Castle in the sunshine. Image: Lisa West, Flickr

Warwick Castle is a place of myth and legend, a place where jousting displays and tea with scones go hand in hand. It’s great for taking the whole family by train as it’s just a 20 minute walk from Warwick Station. From here there are direct trains to London Marylebone, Birmingham Snow Hill, and Stratford-Upon-Avon. Trainline Tip: The direct train connections to Stratford-upon-Avon mean you can visit Shakespeare country and the home of William the Conqueror in one day.

7. Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle on a Summer day. Image: Nathan Reading, Flickr

Kenilworth Castle on a Summer day. Image: Nathan Reading, Flickr

Kenilworth has always played a role in British history and its majestic towers were constructed to woo Queen Elizabeth I. Relax in the Elizabethan Garden, check out the views from the tower, and relive history in the Castle Keep. To reach Kenilworth Castle by train, head to either Warwick Railway Station or Coventry Station. A taxi from either station will cost around £12. Trainline Tip: If you’re visiting Warwick and Kenilworth in one day, Kenilworth Castle’s gardens make it a good place to rest the feet after touring the fortresses.

8. Stirling Castle

“Tis bit a flesh wound”. Stirling Castle. Image: Martin Grossniklaus, Flickr

Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s finest attractions and an easy day trip by train from Glasgow or Edinburgh. The timeless design inspired many of Scotland’s castles and the grounds evoke narratives of medieval battles. There are three direct trains per hour to Stirling Railway Station from Glasgow Queen Street as well as two per hour from Edinburgh Waverley. From the station it’s a 15 minute walk to the castle. Trainline Tip: Stirling also has regular trains to other historic destinations in the north of Scotland.

9. Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle. Image: Lincoln Castle With its history linking Roman conquests to William the Conquerer, the huge complex of Lincoln Castle is one of Britain’s most underrated. Take a walk along the medieval walls and admire an original version of the Magna Carta, before marvelling at the huge collection of canons. Finding a parking space in Lincoln city centre is challenging but the castle is just 15 minute walk from Lincoln Central Railway Station. There are direct trains to Lincoln Central from London Kings Cross, Sheffield, and Nottingham. Trainline Tip: While you’re in Lincoln, try to also visit Lincoln Cathedral. It was the world’s tallest building for 250 years until the spire collapsed in 1549.

10. Portchester Castle

Portchester Castle. Image: Angus Kirk

Portchester Castle. Image: Angus Kirk

Gazing across the waters to France, Portchester Castle’s Saxon history makes it architecturally different from the other castles in this list. In particular, the spiral staircase and crumbling interior walls make for timeless photos of British heritage. To visit Portchester by train, there are one to two direct trains per hour from London Waterloo to Portchester Station. There are also regular connections from Portchester to Havant and Basingstoke. Trainline Tip: Take your own lunch and enjoy it on one of the picnic benches inside the castle grounds.

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Elbow Rock the main stage at Reading Festival.

UK Summer Festivals By Train

You’ve packed your tent, you’ve got your wellies on, and you’re about to hit the road to one of this summer’s many fantastic festivals here in the UK. But wait, you don’t need to squeeze into the car with a bunch of your friends and all their luggage… You can take the train! For sheer speed, ease and comfort, you just can’t beat getting the train to a festival this summer. Simply grab your tickets from trainline, head to your local station and you’ll be there double-quick time, with a minimum of fuss and ready to party! We’ve had a look at five of the very best festival options in the UK this summer, along with handy info on the best way to get to the respective sites by rail.

Wireless Festival – Finsbury Park, London – June 28, July 3/4/5

A$AP Ferg performs at Wireless, 2014. Image: Daniel Gregory, Flickr.Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj… Literally the hottest artists in the world, coming to the most exciting city in the world: The Wireless Festival Lineup is simply unmissable. If that’s not enough to get you reaching for your Railcard, how about rap legends Public Enemy, Wu-Tang lynchpins Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, not to mention homegrown talent such as Rita Ora and Labrinth? Getting to Wireless Festival 2015 by train: It’s in London, so there are literally hundreds of rail options for making your way to site from anywhere in the country, with good rail links travelling from all major cities. The closest station to the site is… *drum roll*… Finsbury Park Station! Check out the full Wireless Festival Train Station information and a Wireless Festival site map.

T in the Park – Strathallan Castle, Perthshire – July 10/11/12

T in the Park. Image: BBC Do you no’ fancy a wee trip up to Scotland to see some of great bands this summer? Och aye, o’course you do! OK, we’ll stop. But seriously though, the T in the Park lineup is bigger and better than ever this year, with Leicester electro-rockers Kasabian, nu-soul supremo Sam Smith, not to mention the Prodigy, Noel Gallagher and, of course, the Proclaimers.

Getting There: Don’t worry though, you won’t have to ‘walk five hundred miles’ to see this awesome line-up… Because there are trains to Gleneagles, with a CityLink coach waiting to take you direct to the site! You can even travel direct from London to Gleneagles Train Station, so even if you do live hundreds of miles away, getting to T in the Park by train couldn’t be easier.

Reading & Leeds Festival – Richfield Avenue, Reading & Bramham Park, Leeds – August 28/29/30

Elbow playing Reading Festival. Image:  In Chan, Flickr There’s something for everyone at this perennial mainstay of the festival season. Whether you plump for Leeds Festival lineup or the Reading Festival lineup, you’ll have the chance to head-bang to heavy metal godfathers Metallica, pogo to cockney rebels the Libertines or do… Something else to Mumford & Sons. I don’t know what Mumford & Sons fans do, to be honest, but they’re guaranteed to be having an awesome time watching their heroes headline the Main Stage!

Trains to Leeds Festival 2015: Leeds is a major rail hub, with direct lines from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and many more. Once you arrive at the station, simply take a wander to the city centre shuttle bus and you’ll be at the site in approximately 30 mins. A full shuttle bus schedule will be confirmed shortly on the festival website along with Leeds Festival train station information and a map of the site.

Trains to Reading Festival 2015: Trains to Reading depart London Waterloo approximately 3-4 ties per-hour. The Reading site is actually surprisingly close to the city centre, so it’ll only take you around 20 minutes to walk there from Reading Station, but again, you can find Reading Festival train station information and a map of the site, as well as shuttle bus details here.

Bestival – Robin Hill, Isle of Wight – September 10/11/12/13

Bestival. Image: Alamy The organisers of this one had to be feeling pretty confident when they named it, and, it turns out, with good reason, because Bestival has well and truly staked its claim as a key date in the festival calendar. Over four days, the Bestival lineup will be treating revellers to an eclectic smorgasbord of new and classic artists this year. I mean, where else could you see the Chemical Brothers, Duran Duran, Tame Impala and Flying Lotus on the same bill?

Getting There: I know what you’re thinking: ‘It’s on an island.’ Yes it is, but the train is still by far the best way to get to Bestival. That’s because Portsmouth Harbour Station and Portsmouth & Southsea Station (and Southampton Central Station) both have excellent rail links and operate ferries to the Isle of Wight. To make it even easier, once you arrive at the station, you’ll find shuttle buses ready to take you direct to the site, making Bestival train travel a no-brainer.

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Bottoms up! Treat Dad to some craft beer this Father's day.

7 Dad-Friendly Days out in the UK

What type of dad do you have? Do ties, socks, and coffee mugs excite him? Does he have aftershave to last a lifetime? Its time to put on the thinking cap, and we’re here to help. Here are seven great ideas for your dad this Father’s Day.

1: The ‘Start Your Engines’ Dad

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If your dad is one of those guys who have secretly always wanted to be a racing driver, why not plan a visit to one of the UK’s racing tracks? You might investigate a visit to Abingdon. It’s a top quality airfield tarmac. Or you might like to take dad to four-hundred-acre Bedford Autodrome. Designed on a former airfield by ex-Formula One racer Jonathan Palmer, Bedford Autodrome had four separate circuits, over five miles of track. The track claims to be the best place on earth for fast cars. There are numerous other motor racing venues and museums across the country. Some other great examples include Beaulieu Motor Museum, Brooklands Museum and Mercedes Benz World.

2: The “There’s something fishy going on here” Dad

Father and son fishing on the coast.

Does dad like to fish? (Or perhaps the idea of fishing as a manly pursuit?) Either way, a father-son or father-daughter fishing outing could hit the spot. With its extensive coastline, the UK is home to a number of fantastic fishing spots. Why not try out Whitby, Northumberland, or Llangammarch Wells in Wales?

3: The Artsy Dad

Exhibitions at the Turner Contemporary Art  Gallery, Margate

If you don’t have an outdoorsy or sports dad, then there are other equally appealing alternatives. If your dad is a budding Picasso, take him to Turner Contemporary Art Gallery in Margate. It is the perfect day outing for a dad who loves art. You can make a package of it by adding lunch or dinner at one of Margate’s seafront restaurants. Or pick up some fish and chips and eat at one of the spots along the promenade overlooking the lighthouse.

Trainline Tip: ’99’ Ice creams are no longer 99p, we recommend you budget at least £1.50.

4: The Outdoors Dad

Caping in the Bracelands Site, Forest of Dean. Image:

Do you have the kind of dad who enjoys a weekend of roughing it in the great outdoors? Open skies, fresh air and Baked Beans. What’s not to love? There are many awesome camping spots throughout the UK. Try out the New Forest, Forest of Dean and Loch Lomond.

5. The Bookworm Dad

One of the biggest second-hand book stores in the UK. Barter books. Image:

Is your dad a bookworm? Would he fancy a trip to ‘Ye Olde Booke Shoppe’? Combine this with a gift certificate for books and lunch at a cozy pub and you’ve got the perfect Father’s Day outing. One of the world’s twenty most beautiful books stores is Barter Books, located in Alnwick. If you’re based in the South of England, this list of Top 10 London Antiquities is worth checking out too.

6. The ‘Tiger Woods’ Dad

Par! Hit the course with Dad.

A round of golf and dinner at one of UK’s premier golf courses is just the ticket for the wannabe Tiger in your life. Check out the list of UK’s top 100 rated golf courses, including Royal St George Golf Course beautifully positioned in historic Sandwich or Old Sunningdale, one of Britain’s prettiest courses. Another excellent choice is Royal Birkdale, host of the British Open. Want to go even bigger? Premier Holidays offers a weekend golfing on the Isle of Man. The trip includes three nights at Mount Murray Hotel and Country Club and ferry service from Liverpool to Isle of Man.

7. The Pub Crawl Dad

Bottoms up! Treat Dad to some craft beer this Father's day.

If an outing to several of UK’s finest pubs to sample some of Great Britain’s finest ales would be dad’s idea of heaven, why not set up your own brewery tour. Don’t forget that pub food is also part of a British pub crawl, and that with a little research, you could create your own customised pub crawl for dad. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, treat dad to some international pints with a brewery tour in Prague, where beer making is seen as an art. Sample some brews in season and watch centuries-old beer making techniques in process. You don’t even have to take the time to research and arrange it, there’s already a tour created. Bottoms up!

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Getting to Wimbledon 2015: How to ace it

As the crowd roars on a Murray serve or a Sharapova smash you could be at Centre Court immersed in the action. You could also be waiting outside, stuck in traffic or lost in Wimbledon’s infamous crowds. For every backhand passing winner there’s a Wimbledon visitor getting off at the wrong station. The world’s greatest tennis tournament requires a bit of forward planning, especially when it comes to getting to Wimbledon.

Best Ways to Travel to Wimbledon

The suburb of Wimbledon isn’t well suited for the large crowds. Confusing one way systems and non-existent parking means driving isn’t really an option, and the All England Tennis Club strongly advises spectators to go by public transport. So, how do you get to the Wimbledon tennis tournament?

Up to 16 direct trains per hour run between London Waterloo and WimbledonWimbledon Station is the closest station on the National Rail network. 16 trains an hour go direct from London Waterloo to Wimbledon, taking less than 20 minutes. This is the quickest connection from central London. If you’re coming from the south, there are two direct trains per hour from Woking.

If you’re traveling from further afield and arriving in London at Kings Cross, Victoria, or Euston stations, the quickest way to get to the Wimbledon is via the London Underground.

Southfields Station (District Line) is the closest tube station to the Wimbledon tennis championships. Image: Mooretrveltips.comThe closest underground station to the All England Tennis Club is Southfields Tube Station, on the District Line. It’s a 24 minute direct journey from Victoria. When arriving at London Euston, first take the Victoria line and change at Victoria. From Kings Cross, take the Piccadilly line to Earl’s Court and change onto the District line.

Getting to Wimbledon by Road From Nearby Stations

It’s a 15 minute walk to the Wimbledon tennis tournament from Southfields Tube Station. From Wimbledon Station, this is more like 20 minutes. Taxis are in high demand and it may be quicker to walk than to take one from outside the station. There’s a gregarious atmosphere on the road, thousands of spectators grasping their picnic hampers and filling the atmosphere with chatter and excitement. Routes from both stations are well signposted and there are many stewards providing assistance on route.

For those without tickets, the Queue is situated just five minutes’ walk from Southfields Tube Station, before the Wimbledon Grounds. It’s strictly one ticket per person so everyone in your group must queue.

A dedicated Wimbledon bus service leaves from outside Wimbledon Station and Southfields Tube Station. This is not free and spectators must have a valid oyster card or ticket to travel. No cash payments are allowed. Buses run continually throughout the day with the journey taking five to ten minutes.

The bus from Southfields is a mobility service, however, the one from Wimbledon Station is not.

What Else Should I Know About Getting to Wimbledon

There’s not much more to say about how to get to Wimbledon, so here’s a few quick tips to make the most of your day.

Anyone who’s watched Wimbledon will know the familiar sight of sunburnt faces on Centre court or thousands of spectators unfurling their umbrellas. Memories of the three-day Henman Ivanisevic semi-final say enough about the weather’s unpredictability. So pack the sun cream, sunhat, raincoat, and umbrella.

All spectators can bring in one bag measuring no more than 40cm x 30cm x 30cm. You can pack all your own food and drinks in this bag, but note that thermos flasks, sharp knives, and large corkscrews are prohibited. Camping chairs and selfie sticks are also banned and must be left at the left luggage facilities.

Thermos flasks, sharp knives, and large corkscrews are prohibited. Camping chairs and selfie sticks are also banned and must be left at the left luggage facilities.

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Audience At Glastonbury Festival

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.

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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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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.

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“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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