Charlbury station in Oxfordshire was restored to its mid-19th century glory in the 1970s and is Grade II listed as a classic example of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s original Italianate-style GWR countryside stations. And it’s not just the building that’s listed. The original white-on-black station name board on platform 2 is also highly prized, along with many contemporary features both inside and out from the early days of the railway.
But Charlbury station’s not just a spot for tourists and railway-heritage enthusiasts. Improvements to the Cotswold Line in 2011 saw a section of the track redoubled, and the second platform at Charlbury, which had been disused for 30 years, brought back into service. This means the train service is excellent for a town of this size, with hourly trains eastbound to Oxford (20 minutes), Reading and London Paddington (1 hour 30 minutes) and westbound to Worcester and Great Malvern.
Outside the entrance to the station, you’ll find pay-and-display car parking, cycle storage, a ticket machine and a coffee kiosk. Inside are the toilets, ticket counter and waiting room. Platform 2 is directly through the doors from the main concourse, but there are also several side entrances with direct level access onto platform 2. You can reach platform 1 via stairs or ramps and a bridge. There’s a bus stop right outside the station for routes to destinations including Charlbury village, Ascott-under-Wychwood and Fulbrook.