a VirtualTourist member from Newark upon Trent
To visit Windsor Castle, which is the better train station?
I'd recommend the Riverside station; station is only a couple of minutes' walk from the Castle, but the other is almost as close!
Agree with Paul - we used Riverside as well.
I used the other one. It's also only 5 minutes' walk (and not uphill!) and has got a rather good steam engine on display inside (as well as lots of upmarket shops/cafes). :-)
Right-o, thank you. I just wondered if there was a real negative with one but apparently not. I gather one has to change trains in Slough?
I did, yes.
I can empathise with Betjeman to some extent, but can think of worse places. :-)
Good range of charity shops in Windsor, btw.
You think I am needy!?! Love the places, good for picture frames and plant pot ocvers, amongst other things!!
No..I suspected you, like me, would love ferreting! A very good standard in Windsor and surrounding areas, I've found (not Reading though). :-)
Ah, high class cast-offs - I like!!
We didn't have to change trains - took one all the way in to Waterloo.
Southwest Trains direct from Waterloo is best because you do not have to change in Slough. You also don't have to travel through the dreary west London suburbs.
The answer would possibly depend on where you are starting from!
Riverside is easier from certain parts, Central from others.
Consult London rail map
Changing at Slough is not an issue, the frequent trains connect with each other properly.
(Leaving from Waterloo you do have a few miles of dreary south-west London suburbs but the view does get better from Barnes onwards!)
Not too concerned about the scenery! Waterloo or Paddington is equally convenient for me. I really just wanted to make sure that when I arrived at Windsor that I didn't find myself with a long walk to the castle. It's likely to be January, so I don't fancy a long walk in driving rain and strong wind!!
When you arrive in Windsor don't let yourself be distracted by the posh shops at the station there. I nearly missed the changing of the guard because of that. You can browse through the shops on your way back if you like.
Depending on the January sleet or not, Riverside is as someone already said uphill (downhill one way of course) whereas the Central is not. That's the only inconvenience if it doesn't matter where in London you start. Changing in Slough is indeed not a problem since trains match.
thank you. Not likely to be distracted by posh shops!
No, but I suggest you read the tip on the Changing of the Guard on my Windsor page as you might miss it getting the tickets for the castle.:)
Thank you, evaana. It's not a huge thing if we do miss it, as we've seen lots of Changings of Guards.....
Wish I had, esp. in Britain.