Plan Your Visit - How To Get Here
Road, rail, or even water - find the best routes to venture to Newbury
With its idyllic location at the crossroads of Southern England, travelling to Newbury couldn’t be easier by road, rail, or even water. You can jump on a train at London Paddington and disembark in the heart of this beautiful market town less than an hour later, or you can arrive here by car little more than an hour after crossing the Severn Bridge from Wales. East to West can also be navigated aboard a barge via the Kennet & Avon Canal, which meanders peacefully through the town centre much to the delight of its resident swans, geese, and ducks.

Walking and Cycling to Newbury

If you're heading into town from the outskirts of Newbury and its surrounding villages, or even from further afield, there are some fantastic options for walking and cycling routes. National cycling route 4 runs along the Kennet & Avon towpath originating in London and stretching as far as Fishguard in West Wales. There's also a wonderful network of public footpaths locally, many passing through open farmland and mystical wooded areas. Bicycle parking is available in the Market Place and throughout the town centre, and secure cycle lockers are available at Newbury train station. This leaflet from West Berkshire Council has lots of useful information for cyclists, including a map of cycle parking.

Driving to Newbury

Newbury sits conveniently at the crossroads of the M4 Motorway and the A34 Bypass making it easily accessible from North, South, East, and West. If you're travelling on the M4, leave at Junction 13. From the North, leave the A34 just south of the M4 exit. From the South, leave the A34 at the B4640 exit. In all cases, follow the signs towards Newbury town centre. You'll also pass Newbury when travelling from East to West or vice versa on the A4 London to Bath Road.

Travelling by Bus or Coach

Newbury & District have been running a comprehensive timetable of services bringing visitors into the town centre from local villages and further afield since 1932 (although their bus fleet has been updated since then!). To plan your journey, check out their timetables, and get service updates, visit the Newbury & District website. National Express coaches also stop at Newbury. Visit the National Express website for details. Newbury Wharf Bus Station is a short walk from the canal, Victoria Park, and the town's main shopping area.

Travelling by Train

Newbury train station is a mainline station between London Paddington and the West of England, with Great Western Railway running regular local and long distance services. The fastest trains from London take little more than 40 minutes to reach Newbury, and you can also access Newbury by train from the Midlands and the North of England via a connection at nearby Reading. To plan your journey, visit the Great Western Railway website.

Travelling by Barge

The Kennet & Avon Canal runs through the very heart of Newbury, giving a unique opportunity to stop off on your journey aboard a barge. Visitor moorings and boating services are available along the tow path, and there are also services at Newbury Marina. Find out more from the Canal & River Trust and the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust.

Travelling from Further Afield

Newbury is easily reached from most of the major airports in the south of England, including Southampton (37 miles), London Heathrow (47 miles), Bournemouth (62 miles), Bristol (66 miles), London Gatwick (75 miles), London Luton (77 miles), Birmingham (92 miles), London Stanstead (104 miles), and London Southend (116 miles). There are also excellent road links from the major channel ports in the south and south east of the country.

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