• £58.00 Adult
  • £58.00 Child
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From London To Gloucester day Trip By Train

Arrive 8.00am at London Waterloo Station where you meet your tour manager, who will check you in and give you a welcome pack; then departing 9.30am travel through beautiful rural countryside to Historic Gloucester.  Then the day is yours to spend as much time as you wish at locations, including your entrance to magnificent Gloucester Cathedral when you are ready and if you choose there are many lovely places for lunch or dinner.  The trains back to London returns at 17.25pm arriving in London at 19.54pm.  This is a great value day trip and much cheaper than buying the rail tickets and Gloucester Cathedral Tickets separately.

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Tour Highlights

  • Day trip to Gloucester
  • Entry to Gloucester Cathedral
  • Return train tickets – Standard class
  • Free time to explore Gloucester
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The city of Gloucester is perfectly positioned on the River Severn with a remarkable past that dates all the way back to Roman times! This day trip to Gloucester by rail departs conveniently from Paddington Station in central London for a hassle-free way to discover one of England’s most beautiful cathedral cities. Once in Gloucester, you will enjoy entry to Gloucester Cathedral and have the full day to spend as you wish before returning to London in the early evening.

London to Gloucester by Rail

Make your own way to Paddington Station and meet your tours representative who will be standing outside the National Rail ticket office in front of Platform 1. Your train departs from Paddington at 08.30am, so make sure you arrive by 8.00am to meet the representative and board the train. It will take around two hours to travel to Gloucester from London – just relax as the train speeds through the pretty countryside.

Explore Gloucester and visit Gloucester Cathedral

Once you arrive in Gloucester, you can spend the day discovering the exquisite city at your own pace. You could stroll through cobbled streets and past ancient buildings before indulging in a spot of retail therapy in the pedestrianised shopping precinct. The Victorian Docks are also a lovely place to take a walk and you can visit one of the museums or unique stores located on the water.

Your day trip to Gloucester includes entry to Gloucester Cathedral, a towering Norman church dating back to 1089. Enter inside the Cathedral and view some of its many highlights, including the gorgeous stained glass windows. This colourful glass was added to the Cathedral over hundreds of years between the 14th and 20th centuries. It’s some of the best example of stained glass in England.

Other must-see parts of Gloucester Cathedral include the Crypt, Treasury and Norman Font sculpture.

Important Information

Return to London

Once your day in the city is over, return to Gloucester Station at 17.25pm. The train back to central London will depart at 17.54pm, arriving back in Paddington Station at 19.54pm.

Please Note: The train times are subject to change, depending on availability on the train services. So it is highly important that you leave your contact number and email address to notify about the changes.


Days of Operation: Daily (except Sunday)

Departure to Gloucester:
London Paddington station – Meet your representative outside the National Rail ticket office in front of Platform 1.

Check-in Time at Paddington Station: 08:00am
Departure Time: 08:30am
Arrival in Gloucester: 10:29am

Return to London

Check-in Time at Gloucester Station: 17.25pm
Departure Time: 17.54pm
Arrival in London: 19.54pm

Gloucester Cathedral

Opening Times:
07.30am – 18.00pm

Address: Gloucester Cathedral, 12 College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LX


Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.

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