With hourly services to each of its destinations, Gloucestershire's Stonehouse train station covers almost the width of England. Providing Great Western trains local services to Swindon, Gloucester and Cheltenham there are also high-speed trains which arrive in London Paddington after a journey of 1 hour 37 minutes. The station dates back to 1845 and Stonehouse itself is a town which also incorporates 19th century mills and houses. There are plentiful shops, places to eat and pubs within walking distance of Stonehouse train station which include the Woolpack Inn, a one-time stagecoach hostelry dating from the 17th century. Located in the Cotswolds, for many one of England's loveliest corners, exploring the naturally beautiful from Stonehouse station is easy with taxis from outside the station and several bus routes which serve the pretty villages in the area. For keen walkers, the Cotswold Way passes almost by Stonehouse's doorstep.
Gloucester, with its cobbled streets, historical architecture and stunning 11th century cathedral – which doubled as Hogwarts in a Harry Potter movie - is just 16 minutes by train from Stonehouse railway Station. There are several museums to enjoy including the award-winning National Waterways Museum with its historic watercraft and daily boat trips on offer too. A little further afield but still close by - 32 minutes by train – is the historic spa town of Cheltenham. Perhaps most famous for its racecourse, Cheltenham is packed with culture and history. Stroll the beautiful tree-lined Promenade with its preserved Regency buildings - home to independent shops, cafes and bars. Alternatively, take a meander through the Imperial Gardens – once the pleasure gardens of the gentrified spa users - with its Regency period stone balustrades and fountain.
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