Trains have been calling at this pleasant town on the Thames since 1848, and current services link Staines to London Waterloo, Reading and Windsor, among other destinations. The station is connected to the town centre via Station Path, a pedestrian route that leads to the High Street, where you’ll find the main shopping area – part of which is built on the site of the old Linoleum Manufacturing Company, whose product became a household name and provided steady employment to the town for most of the 20th century.
Staines has been a crossing point on the Thames since Roman times, and the river remains a key draws today, with riverside walks along the Thames Path extremely popular with visitors and locals alike. Far less sedate but equally popular is Thorpe Park, a huge, family-friendly theme park on an artificial lake. You can reach it via the 950 shuttle bus from the station.