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Warwick Castle/Stratford-upon-Avon

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Warwick Castle/Stratford-upon-Avon

We will be traveling by BritRail and would like to do a day trip to Warwick Castle then go on to Stratford. Or would it be better to go to Stratford first then catch a city bus to Warwick?

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1. Re: Warwick Castle/Stratford-upon-Avon

"We will be traveling by BritRail"

Britrail don't run trains, they are a third party (some would say ripoff) French owned company based in America.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACP_Rail_International

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2. Re: Warwick Castle/Stratford-upon-Avon

It doesn't really matter. Do them in whichever order suits you.

Not sure why you are thinking of paying extra for a bus though when Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon are linked by rail.

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4. Re: Warwick Castle/Stratford-upon-Avon

I have been researching Warwick Castle and Stratford upon Avon too.

I just can't figure out how to do both in one day and see more than just one or two things in each place. How are people doing this?

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6. Re: Warwick Castle/Stratford-upon-Avon

Thanks for all the input. You are very correct "wirewiper" about using the rail system between Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick. I really just didn't think about that.

Re: Hooameye You may be correct about the French-owned BritRail but one must use the services provided for the quickest rail travel in Britain.

Re: jlwquilter I have been several times to both Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick on coach tours. You are correct in wondering how one is able to see all the sites available in tour time capacity that is why we are traveling independently.We should have about 4 hours at each site although I don't believe that is truly enough either but better that than the 2 hours approximate on tours.

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Diz-UK thanks for the great comments and suggestions. Much apprecieated

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Diz-UK meant "appreciated"!

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9. Re: Warwick Castle/Stratford-upon-Avon

The "Shakespeare Explorer" train day ticket with Chiltern Railways may be a good buy for you. The cost is £35 per adult. £26 for a senior; £17.50 for a child.

chilternrailways.co.uk/tickets-and-times/Sha…

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10. Re: Warwick Castle/Stratford-upon-Avon

We are back from our travels. We ended up doing a full day at each place. Warwick Castle overall was enjoyable/ok although we could have used alot more stuff to see and do and we were not 'wowed' by the experience. There's alot of down time when there's nothing doing. If shows weren't so spaced out we could have easily only spent half a day. Food options were scarce and hours very limited.

The Merlin's tower thing was indeed lame. The Dungeon tour was indeed gory and on the scary side (really is not suitable for young children). The Trebouchet was neat to see although we were rather surprised that there was a 20+ minute build up to a what turned out to be a one shot deal. We went back for the 2nd show and watched it being shot one more time - with a fire ball. Birds of prey show was good and varied with the 2 shows given.

We went to the the offered talks and walks and found them informative and enjoyable if short. Walked around all the buildings and climbed the towers.

Honestly, I'd pick a Renaissance fair type outing any day over this. We saw many castles and midieval towns and Warwick Castle didn't offer anything much to justify it's cost in our opinion.