Hello, As I've said in a previous post, I intend on visiting Warwick Castle this spring on a backpacking trip. I am on a very tight budget and need to figure out the absolute cheapest way to travel to Warwick from London (and back). I also would like to find out if there are any hostels (good) or campgrounds (better) close to the castle that would allow me to travel on foot from the castle to spend the night. That is, unless there's public transportation in the area... as you can see I'm pretty much clueless about the area. Any help is greatly appreciated! Ken =)
Hi Ken, You can get to Warwick from London using National Express Coaches. There are about 4 runs each way daily. From Heathrow it will cost you £34.50, or from London Victoria Coach Station, £20.00 return. Take a look at this site, and you can work some examples to suit yourself. Some fare prices may vary. [original link] You might be able to get there by train, but i expect the prices will be higher, and journey times similar. I think the Castle is within walking distance of the town, but other members may know better. Regards
The castle indeed is right in the middle of town, overlooking the river. I loved Warwick, it's a York in miniature with a fantastic church, lovely old streets, charming timber-framed buildings like Lord Leycester Hospital and interesting museums. The castle though is very dear to get in (we're talking Tower of London prices here). Also nearby are Kenilworth castle, Leamington Spa (pretty but dull, but the art gallery is good), Coventry (very interesting contrasting cathedrals), Stratford (if you're into that kind of tourist trap) and Birmingham. Unfortunately there is no hostel in Warwick, though it's B&Bs are cheaper than Stratford's. Stratford has a hostel but it's 2.5 miles out of town (on a bus route).
Warwick Castle is spectacular, a castle of Disneyesque proportions, and I believe it is the most visited tourist destination outside of London. It's a bit of a fraud, as the most impressive aspects of it have been rebuilt in recent centuries, but it is still an unforgettable place. It is near the town centre of Warwick, but it is best viewed when approaching from Leamington, along the Myton road. This will give you a view of it from across the bridge, peaking at you through the trees, and on a good day it will look stunning; picture postcard beautiful. I'd recommend getting a map of Warwick, walking out to Warwick School for boys on the Myton Road (don't look back!) and then returning after taking a look at the very historic buildings of that old school. Warwick School has been in continuous use since the at least 1066, and was mentioned in the Doomsday book. Unfortunately there are no hostels in Warwick, or nearby Leamington, and camping is likely to be a long way out of town. There is one in Stratford, but that's a little further than the 2-3 miles mentioned. It's not walkable, but you can easily get a bus there, and it only takes about half an hour. You can also get a train, which is a little quicker, and probably less trouble than a bus, for as little as 3 pounds for a day return. Warwick really isn't worth more than a day. The same train also travels on to Leamington Spa, a few minutes further down the line, which in itself is worth a visit. It's a bit livelier than Warwick, has some excellent shops, and some of the best Georgian and Victorian architecture you will see in Britain. A wander around the Jefferson Gardens is a must if you go.
[original link] Due to it being a tourist capital of the region, Stratford makes the best sense for basing yourself if you are on a budget. Despite being a tourist trap, it is as pleasant to walk around as Warwick, and has some very old buildings. It is particularly nice during the off-season, when you will be there, as the tourists aren't suffocating, as they can be at the height of summer. If you stay for a few days, you can take in Stratford, as well as Warwick and Leamington, and maybe even drop in on some of the lovely little villages inbetween :). [edit: added the extra text because of the character limit imposed by the forums]
If it helps your plans and I am not too late, Chiltern Railways run trains between London Marlybone station and Birmingham/Solihull stopping at Warwick Parkway station (not too far from Warwick centre).
Warwick itself does not really have that much to it compared with, say, Stratford - of course it is a lovely place with parks, river walks and the old (small) town centre but the castle is almost a full day on its own!
I have been to Warwick Castle 3 times, twice by car and once by train from Marylebone. Took about 45 minutes from Marylebone Station. It's about a 15-20 minute walk from the station to the castle. Can't halp with the accomm though as I only live an hour there by car so havent had to stay overnight.
Out of all the castles I have seen in the UK this is my absolute favourite and was voted Britain's No 1 castle last year.
Gosh, you two guys are over two years late on this one, LOL!. Oh, well, might help soneone else.
THAT will teach me to read all the messages twice before responding!
I didn't spot the age on the message - apologies!
Never mind, John. You've just been 'Tango'd' LOL!
LOL!!!! You have got to be kidding, what a nincompoop I am :))
Hmm... I wonder if he enjoyed the castle after all???? lol