Plan your trip
Suggested Days Out
Immerse yourself in a regal day out at the impressive Blenheim Palace, close to Hanborough Station.
Leave the train at Moreton-in-Marsh to enjoy a day out at National Trust’s Chastleton House & Gardens, where the rules of croquet were drawn up in the 1860s.
Oxford University’s colleges and the cathedrals in Worcester and Hereford are all a short walk from the three cities’ stations and well worth a visit.
Explore the area on two wheels and ride the Cotswold Line Cycle Route, a long-distance trail forming Route 442 of the National Cycle Network. It uses quiet country roads to connect the stations along the railway between Oxford and Worcester.
A Snippet of History
The chief engineer of the route in the 1840s and 1850s was Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Although it was planned to be a broad gauge railway and built with a broad gauge track, just one broad gauge train ever used it, on a test run between Oxford and Wolverhampton. The funeral train taking Sir Winston Churchill from London to be buried at Bladon Church, near his birthplace at Blenheim Palace ran from London Waterloo to Hanborough station on the line.
Moreton-in-Marsh is the only railway station in the UK with information and direction signs written in Japanese, as it is a popular point of arrival in the area for Japanese tourists.
Extend your visit with Go Cotswolds, a minibus tour offering car-free organised day excursions, that meets you straight off the train or bus. Find out more...