London, we Love you, but, we need some time away. Just a day will do, which, i’m sure will make our hearts yearn for you once again.
They say a change is as good as a rest. With juggling working life and a family lately, it’s been draining everything we have both mentally and physically. So, we decided to escape the rat race for a day. Family time is so precious, it’s rare at the moment, but ironically it’s the very reason why we are working so hard, so that we can have more time together, time to create beautiful memories that we will all treasure forever. For a little time out we decided on an adventure to Warwick castle in Warwickshire. It’s surprisingly easy to get to from London. Just a train ride away.
Climbing out of bed a couple of hours earlier than usual on the weekend was completely worth it. We huddled into a taxi which dropped us off 5 minutes down the road to Marylebone station. With no need to buy tickets because we purchased ours a couple of days before using the trainline app we had some time to grab some coffees and croissants from Patisserie Valerie. Sipping on hot coffee whilst letting the train take the strain and watching the city pass us by as we entered the countryside was utter bliss. Just what we all needed.
Warwick station is a tiny little station with no ammenities other than a small taxi station. A little word of advice would be to come prepared. Bring snacks, food and drinks for the little ones and yourself. It’s not London, there’s no Pret or Starbucks on every corner. Sometimes I forget how lucky we are. However, some remoteness was just what we were looking for. A very pretty 10 minute walk will take you to the castle from the station and you may be as lucky as we were and stumble upon the most delightful English Tea room ever. Located on Castle Street, just a few steps before the castle entrance you will find Thomas Oken Tea Rooms. The perfect spot and so fitting for a pit stop to refuel and enjoy our surroundings. They served the best scones I’ve ever tasted. Amazing.
We spent a long lazy afternoon wandering around Warwick Castle, climbing towers, pretending to be princesses, spotting the gorgeous peacocks dotted around the grounds and we watched the great big eagles fly around the huge estate. The girls explored everywhere, holding hands along the way. It was wonderful, very cold, but wonderful. I can imagine in the summer that you could make even more of the day, think dreamy picnics with the regal castle as the backdrop and refreshing drinks on the lawns in front of the conservatory admiring the stunning view of the river.
The Trainline app made the day run so smoothly, I cannot recommend the app more. I’m definitely the woman who loses her tickets, forgets to print them or arrives at the station so late that I miss my train because I have to book my ticket. The one thing I always have is my phone, so being able to pass through the gates with just showing your purchased tickets on the app or scanning the app is so convenient. Once your on the train its just a matter of showing your activated tickets on your app. How easy. Not only is it convenient but booking through the Trainline is sure to save you money with average savings being around 43%. I’m completely converted.
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