Rail itineraries – Warwick day trip

Famously the home county of William Shakespeare, who hailed from Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire is crammed with historic sites, castles and the beautifully green rolling fields and forests of the English countryside. The town itself is full of inspiring historic sites waiting to be explored, from the medieval Collegiate Church of St Mary to the magnificent Warwick Castle.

For short trips like this one, individual rail tickets can be booked in advance through the Trainline. For longer journeys, one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to explore Britain is with a BritRail Pass, which allows unlimited journeys and the freedom to explore.

Start your journey

Warwick is just a short train ride away from London and Birmingham. For a direct route, the train from London Marylebone Station takes 1 hr 30 mins, and the morning trains are great for making the most of a day. Birmingham is closer, with direct trains from Moor Street, Birmingham or Snow Hill, in just 30 minutes.

Things to do in Warwick

Warwick Castle

Dating back to 1068, Warwick Castle has been part of British history for nearly 1,000 years. It has been besieged, captured, and repelled enemy attackers on many occasions, so it’s seen its fair share of action! Today this beautifully kept castle makes a great day out, staging exciting medieval events like jousting and falconry, and some great immersive experiences like the castle dungeon. The castle is a 15 minute walk from the station.

Website: Warwick Castle

Lord Leycester Hospital

Lord Leycester Hospital is an historic group of timber-framed buildings on the high street dating back to the 14th century. It was a place of retirement for old warriors known as Brethren and some still remain today living in the buildings. The Brethren can be seen in their ceremonial uniform and offer tours of their building and gardens.

Website: Lord Leycester Hospital

Warwick Boats

Warwick Boats offers a wide variety of vessels to enjoy a leisurely row down the River Avon from electric motor boats, canoes, kayaks or pedalos. This is a great family day out, and rowing past the majestic Castle, is a particular highlight.

Website: Warwick Boats

Britrail Pass

For those exploring Britain by train, a BritRail Pass is the easiest and most cost-effective way to travel. For a single fixed price, pass holders can make unlimited train journeys around the whole country or a region of their choice. BritRail tickets are exclusive to overseas visitors so they will need to buy their ticket before they arrive in the UK.

Book on the Visit Britain shop