Our connections at Bedford and Bletchley provide a whole host of onward travel possibilities if you want a day out. Below are just a few, and we would highly recommend visiting the London Midland, First Capital Connect, and East Midlands Trains websites to find more destinations that you can travel to by train.
What can be said about the nations capital that cannot already be said? If you want it, chances are London has it hidden away somewhere. Internationally-renowned visitor attractions, museums, art galleries, shopping, sport, nights out, a zoo, parks, history, everything. You can also get 2-for-1 entry to many of these by displaying your rail ticket.
You can catch fast, frequent, and direct trains to London from Bletchley (to Euston), and Bedford (to St Pancras, Farringdon, City Thameslink, Blackfriars, and London Bridge). We suggest you buy a Travelcard – not only does it cover the train fare, but it gives unlimited travel on buses, the Underground, DLR, and Trams.
Britain’s second city has undergone a radical transformation in recent years, and is now a diverse and radical modern city, with a little something for everyone. There are plenty of well known attractions, of course, such the Bullring Shopping Centre, Jewellry Quarter, the National Indoor Arena, and the Botanical Gardens. But there are plenty of other hidden gems too. The walking tour around the historical sites and the Symphony Hall are particularly recommended.
An hourly train runs directly from Bletchley to Birmingham New Street, right in the heart of the city.
If you fancy a day by the seaside, there are few places better than Brighton. The south coast city is famous for its long, sandy beaches, piers, and the wonderful seafront. If you get bored of all of that, there are plenty of other things to do, such as scuba diving,visiting Paradise Park or the Royal Pavilion, or visiting the Fringe Festival. A great day out for all.
With the re-opening of the Thameslink route at weekends, 4 trains an hour now run directly from Bedford to Brighton all week. At the Bletchley end, you can take the hourly Southern service to East Croydon or Clapham Junction, changing onto a Brighton train from there.
If you’re a lover of history, then St Albans really is for you. The centrepeice of this historical city is the the Cathedral and Abbey Church, with the nearby Veralamium Park. Shoppers will be interested in St Peter’s Street, or the High Street if you prefer the independent shops. Lovers of beer will also know St Albans is the home of the Campaign for Real Ale, and will no doubt enjoy a pint in one of the many pubs serving real ale in the city.
From Bedford, 4 trains an hour run directly to the City Station in St Albans. At the Bletchley end, you can catch a train to Watford Junction. From there, you can take a ride on our sister Community Rail Partnership, the Abbey Line, to St Albans Abbey station – just a short walk from the Abbey itself!
One of England’s most famous historic cities, Nottingham has plenty to offer visitors from afar. You can follow in the footsteps of the cities most famous resident, Robin Hood, on the Robin Hood Line, and by paying a visit to Sherwood Forest. There are also a number of lesser-known attractions that the city has to offer, including the City of Caves, the Great Central Railway, and Newstead Abbey.
Trains run hourly to Nottingham directly from Bedford.
Harry Potter Experience
If you know your Slytherin from your Gryffindor, or can spell Expelliarmus without Googling it (I failed on that), the Harry Potter Experience is just for you. Located near Watford, it has everything that every wizard could want, and is a great day out for all the family. Exploring Dumbledor’s Office, stepping on the cobbles of Diagon Alley, and seeing many of the sets from all the films. What more can you ask for?
There is a direct bus to the experience from outside Watford Junction station, costing £2. There are charges for entry too. 3 trains per hour run from Bletchley station to Watford Junction.