Located in North West England, trains to Cheshire allow you to see one of the country's most scenic, historic counties, home to moorland, Roman ruins, castles, and more. Travelling by rail is one of the best ways to see it all, with high-speed trains departing from London to Cheshire every hour. So, if you’re thinking about exploring Cheshire's many charms, read on for our guide to getting around this stunning county. If you search for a ticket using our Journey Planner above, we'll show you the best value fares for your journey. You can also use our handy app to do the same thing while on the go!
With so many interesting attractions, from luxurious spa hotels to gorgeous stately homes and beautiful gardens, the county of Cheshire is best explored by train. You can delve into the county’s history and heritage at any of its many museums or explore Cheshire’s countryside on horseback. If none of that’s quite for you, then take a stroll around one of the 20 wonderful gardens in Cheshire, or explore the many locations in the county used in film and on TV!
If you find yourself in Merseyside, keep in mind that you can make a train journey from Liverpool to Cheshire (arriving at Acton Bridge), one of several stations in the county, in a mere 48 minutes. Many trains call at Crewe train station in the southern region of the county, while Warrington Bank Quay train station is a popular choice for those travelling to the northern part of Cheshire. Some of the train routes to Cheshire include London, the East Coast and the East Midland, as well as North Wales, Yorkshire and Scotland. There are also suburban train services to Chester, Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly.
The West Coast Main Line is the main railway line through Cheshire, and it is among the UK’s most important railway corridors. Here are some of the attractions to check out once you're in the county.
Featuring a recently renovated station, which offers services to Liverpool, London, Manchester Airport and more, you can disembark and explore Chester itself, an incredibly well-preserved Roman and medieval walled city.
Having already taken one of the numerous trains to quaint Chester, be sure to take the kids to this excellent zoo, one of the largest in the UK.
Right in Chester's historic centre, you'll find this modern playhouse and cinema, ideal for an evening's entertainment.
This is Chester's medieval shopping arcade. Simultaneously get a bit of history and retail therapy!
Cheshire is home to numerous gardens. Be sure to visit Tatton Park, in Mereheath, which offers a medieval hall as well as over 1,000 acres of deer park.
When travelling to Cheshire from London by train, you can use the Euston terminus, which accommodates arrivals and departures from different parts of the country. Enjoy picturesque views as you travel in style and comfort.
Covering a distance of 243km, most journeys from London to Cheshire are over 2 hours long, while the fastest route takes only 1 hour and 56 minutes, depending on where in Cheshire you plan to disembark. A train from London to Chester, for example, takes 2 hours and 6 minutes. Journey times may take longer during holidays and on the weekends. There about 34 trains travelling to the county per day, operated by the following train companies: TransPennine Express, CrossCountry, Virgin Trains, and East Midlands Trains. On train journeys from London to Cheshire, you’ll usually have to make at least one change. No sleeper services are available.
Once in the county, you might choose to head onward to one of the nearby cities. You can travel from Cheshire to Manchester Piccadilly in 36 minutes or less, or from Cheshire to Manchester Oxford Road in 45 minutes (if travelling from Adlington train station). Train companies operating these routes include Northern Rail and TransPennine Express.
Cheshire features a variety of train stations ferrying passengers to different destinations within the county as well as other major places in the UK, such as London and Yorkshire. Here are the railway stations accommodating trains to Cheshire.
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