Planning a visit to Cholsey & Wallingford Railway soon? Why not take the train - frequent Great Western Railway services run from London Paddington and Didcot Parkway to Cholsey, from which you can easily change onto this charming railway. During 2021, all services are pre-booked and run from the Wallingford end - which requires a bus transfer; more of that below.

The Cholsey & Walingford Railway runs steam and diesel trains of the 1950s through the lovely countryside of South Oxfordshire. Trains run on selected weekends and bank holidays throughout the year, so visit Cholsey & Wallingford Railway’s website for more information.

The railway is run in the style of a typical country branch line, and so has small locomotives and relatively short trains. It's the perfect activity for a few hours' relaxation; trains run at sedate speeds and because the line isn't too long, the trip won't break the bank either. Wallingford, the northern terminus, is an attractive market town and is well worth spending a bit of time in for lunch or tea. Wallingford station itself is the proud new home of an ornate and historically-important Brunel-designed station canopy, once at Maidenhead but recently relocated by volunteers and contractors thanks to grants from bodies like the Railway Heritage Trust.

During 2021, all train tickets require pre-booking here (we are told that online booking closes 48 hours before departure due to popularity) and are return trips beginning and ending at Wallingford. That means if you're coming by mainline train to Cholsey, you'll need to get a 136 bus (search for timetables here) or a taxi to Wallingford. Please do allow sufficient time for this transfer; do book taxis ahead to meet your mainline train.

In "normal" times, you can either purchase tickets for your heritage railway visit at Cholsey and Wallingford stations on open days, or if you're starting your journey from a local Great Western Railway-managed station, you can even obtain an inclusive "Through ticket" - just ask for a Wally Rover ticket at the GWR station ticket office. Infants (under 5) travel free. We hope this may return in future years.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:10 - 12:40
Saturday 07:00 - 13:00
Sunday Closed
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelPart time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Station BuffetUnavailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Nearest station with more facilities

The nearest station(s) with more facilities than Cholsey are:

  • Didcot Parkway
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
During staffed hours only
Customer Service notes
Please call our Customer Services Centre on 03457 000 125 (07:00-22:00 every day)
Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorAPCOA Parking (UK) Limited
Car parking spaces61
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£239.50
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces22
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Outside main entrance
Cycle storage notes<p>Shelter with space for 10 cycles. Please note cycles can be carried on our trains free of charge</p>
Step-free accessPart of station
Step-free access notes

Step free access to ticket office but not to platforms.

Ramps for train accessUnavailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesUnavailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis are available

More about the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway

Enjoy a heritage train ride on the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway, and take in the rural sights around you. Make sure you look out for Cholsey Church, where Agatha Christie is buried. You may also be able to spot the beautiful Red Kites, which are often see to fly across the line.

The Cholsey & Wallingford Railway connects Cholsey to the historic market town of Wallingford, where you’ll find the castle ruins, a museum, and a wide range of shops and restaurants, a perfect way to end your day out.

Departures and arrivals from Cholsey

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Cholsey station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Didcot ParkwayGreat Western Railway21:303On time
to London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway21:554On time
to Didcot ParkwayGreat Western Railway22:303On time
to London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway22:504On time
to Didcot ParkwayGreat Western Railway23:363On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway21:303On time
from Didcot ParkwayGreat Western Railway21:554On time
from London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway22:303On time
from Didcot ParkwayGreat Western Railway22:504On time
from London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway23:363On time

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