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Stratford-upon-Avon

Getting there & away

The train station is a few minutes’ walk west of the centre. Chiltern Railways offers direct services to London Marylebone (2¼ hours). Cheap returns (£15) are often available after 11am.

National Express destinations from Stratford’s Riverside Bus Station include Birmingham (£6.50, one hour, twice daily), Oxford (£8.30, one hour, daily) and London Victoria (£15.00, 3½ hours, three daily).

In July and August, the Shakespeare Express steam train (0121-708 4960; www.vintagetrains.co.uk; single adult/child £10/5, return £20/10, 1 hr, twice each Sunday) operates between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stratford stations.