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is a day visit possible?

Hi. We are visiting in Cornwall and Oxford for a little over a week in June. My husband remarked that he would really love to visit Dover. Would it be possible to ride a train from around Wallingford, maybe Didcot Station, to Dover and visit the war tunnels and the castle in a day then get back to Wallingford by night?

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1. Re: is a day visit possible?

You can do Walllingford - Dover and back in a day, but it will be a three-hour journey each way involving a bus from Wallingford, two trains and a journey across London on the Underground.

Send him on his own!

Edited: 30 January 2014, 07:38
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2. Re: is a day visit possible?

Check trains times and importantly fares at www.nationalrail.co.uk

If you travel out from Didcot to London on a weekday before around 9am it will be expensive and the trains to London will be very, very, crowded with commuters heading for the daily grind in the big city.

If you can fix a day it ought to be possible to buy an 'advance' ticket on line and get a cheap fare, but you will be tied to the trains you select. Also, the high speed rail route from London to Dover is more expensive than the older and slower route.

But it's a nice day out and you pass through London of course, then the county of Kent, my former home territory.

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3. Re: is a day visit possible?

It would be one heck of a long day, and I could easily spend a full day in Dover Castle....There is just so much to see.

You might like to think about about spending a night in a budget hotel, like the Premier Inn in Dover, to get the most out of your long train journey and see the castle, wartime tunnels etc rested and refreshed.

Premier Inns are basic, but clean, with comfortable beds, very reasonable rates and usually have an on-site restaurant where you can have an evening meal and they also do a very good value all u can eat breakfast, either continental style or the full English with juice, coffee, fruits, cereals, etc.

They also offer a " good night guarantee" which means that if you have a reasonable complaint about the room or the accommodation in general,you get your money back!

Book far enough in advance, and they have rooms from £29 a night , for a double with en suite, tea and coffee, bathroom toiletries , TV etc.

No phones in the rooms, but who needs one anyway when everyone has a mobile ( cell phone)

If you need more info, please come back, but whatever you decide, I hope you have a great trip

Edited: 03 February 2014, 19:56
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4. Re: is a day visit possible?

You will already be stretched to see Oxford and much of Cornwall in around a week. A day trip to Dover would mostly be sitting on trains and crossing London - not a lot of fun, and insufficient time to see much in Dover.

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5. Re: is a day visit possible?

Returning "by night", yes, almost the middle of it!!

But the change of trains in London will be approxmately 30 minutes from Paddington station to St Pancras on the Underground. The Didcot to London leg and the London to Dover leg will be about an hour each. So if you guys really want to do it, I'd look into taxi fares from Wallingford to Didcot (and not Cholsey, which is a nearer station but has no express trains serving it).

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