Located in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames, Twickenham is best known for Twickenham Stadium, one of the world’s largest rugby stadium where the English national rugby squad plays its home fixtures. You can get direct regional trains to Twickenham from London Waterloo Station via South Western Railway along the Waterloo-Reading Line, the Staines-Windsor Line, the Hounslow Loop and the Kingston Loop. Twickenham has three main train stations: Twickenham Railway Station, Strawberry Hill Railway Station and St. Margarets (London) Railway Station.
South Western Railway operates suburban commuter trains across southern England and is the sole operator of daily, weekend and holiday train service from London Waterloo Station calling at Twickenham. Depending on which line is used there may be transfers, connections or switches at Richmond, Clapham Junction, Hounslow or Kingston. If you travel to Twickenham by train from London Waterloo Station you can choose from multiple direct daily departures per hour, with the first train leaving around 6:00 a.m. and the last one departing approx. 11:58 p.m., with similar service on weekends and holidays. South Western Railway service from London Waterloo Station can get you to Twickenham Station in as few as 20min with the slowest journeys taking over 5h due to switches and transfers at Clapham Junction but these are few and far between and generally occur with service during 12:00 a.m. when passenger traffic is minimal.
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Twickenham Station is the central railway terminal and the main destination of rail traffic when travelling to Twickenham by train from London Waterloo Station. It is located about 0.7 miles (1.1 km) from the town centre and among the facilities you can find there are ticket office and vending machines, WC with baby changing facilities, ATM, free Wi-Fi, waiting rooms, shops and refreshment facilities. This station is accessible to disabled passengers and the ticket office hours of operations are Monday to Friday from 6:40 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 6:42 a.m. to 8:20 p.m. and Sunday from 7:40 a.m. to 7:10 p.m. Strawberry Hill Station is the second most frequently used railway station in Twickenham and is located about 0.8 miles (1.3 km) from the town centre.
Among the facilities you can find at this location are ticket office with vending machines, free Wi-Fi, wait rooms, refreshment facilities and public pay phones but there are no ATM or WC facilities listed at this station. Strawberry Hill Station is accessible to disabled passengers and the ticket office hours are Monday to Friday from 6:15 to 1:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 to 2:45 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 to 1:00 p.m. St. Margarets (London) Station is the third most frequently used rail station in Twickenham and is located about 1.2 miles (1.9 km) from the town centre.
You can find limited facilities at this location such as ticket office with vending machines, free Wi-Fi, wait rooms, refreshment facilities and public phones but there is no ATM or WC facilities listed at this location. St. Margarets (London) Station is accessible to disabled passengers and the ticket office hours are Monday to Friday from 6:20 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Each adult passenger is allowed the standard two cases and one handpiece on all South Western Railway trains to Twickenham and these (inclusive of prams or buggies when travelling with infants or babies) must be stored in luggage compartments, overhead racks or under the seat. You are allowed to travel with up to two pets per passenger provided they are stored in pet carriers and dogs are attached to leads while onboard but exceptions are allowed for service or assistance animals.
If you’re taking your bike make sure you register it when purchasing your ticket due to limited storage space and be advised that there are restrictions that apply for carrying bikes on trains during certain morning and evening rush hours. South Western Railway trains from Twickenham to London Waterloo Station provides catering service as well as buffet service on some evening trains though these may not apply for journeys less than one hour. WC and free Wi-Fi are provided and all trains are accessible to disabled passengers.
South Western Railway offers passengers the choice of Advance, Anytime, Carnet, Off-peak, Super Off-peak or First Class tickets on all trains. You should be aware that Advance tickets are non-refundable but you may receive some form of refund on others in the event of cancellations or changes with terms and conditions applying with exceptions to First Class ticketholders who enjoy premium privileges. South Western Railways regularly offers discounts on fares when purchased online to save you money and there are often special offers which apply to students, senior citizens, large groups and children under a certain age (in the case of students and seniors you may have to provide ID at time of purchase).
It is recommended to keep a hardcopy of your ticket on South Western Railway trains and you can print one at London Waterloo Station using your e-ticket conformation and debit/credit card and you should also have at least one form of valid ID as well. On Omio buying tickets to Twickenham is fast and easy and can be stored in your Omio account.
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For rugby fans around the globe a visit to the World Rugby Museum and tour of Twickenham Stadium is certainly one of the main reasons to visit this charming town in Surrey. Hampton Court Palace, famous as the residence of King Henry VIII with its Haunted Gallery and garden maze, is located about 4.2 miles (6.7 km) by car from Twickenham and should be a delightful treat for most tourists. You can also tour The National Archives which is located about 5 miles (8 km) from Twickenham to see what official treasures are available for public scrutiny.
Apart from the national rail stations which connects tourists and residents with destinations beyond the town limits, public transportation in Twickenham is somewhat limited to the iconic double decker buses operated by London Transport from the terminus at Fulwell Bus Station. These connects it and neighbouring towns to Piccadilly Circus in Central London as well as Heathrow Airport. If you intend to use public transport extensively during your stay purchasing an Oyster card is a great way to save money as you go.
There are a few stately mansions and manor houses in Twickenham which are splendid examples of 18th century architecture and are open for public viewing though an entrance fee may be charged at some of them. Strawberry Hill House which is famous for its connections with the Gothic Revival movement in England and Marble Hill House built to house the mistress of King George II prior to his ascension to the throne. Orleans House Gallery stands out for its octagon shaped room while Gunnersbury Park Museum is a large converted mansion once owned by the famous Rothschild family.
For a bit of arts and culture the Exchange is a contemporary venue located across from Twickenham Station and hosts live events including musical acts and comedy sketch shows while Richmond Theatre is the place to go if you fancy a musical or opera. Hampton Court Palace is also used as an events venue and hosts a popular open-air music festival during the month of June.