Shakespeare Line Stations

Birmingham Snow Hill Shopping, the Great Western Arcade restored to its Victorian splendour with a range of shops and boutiques, St Philip’s Birmingham Cathedral; museums, art galleries, Broad Street and Gas Street Basin heart of the national canal network, with plenty of pleasant and varied eating houses.

Birmingham Moor Street Change here and follow the pedestrian signs for Birmingham New Street and Grand Central Shopping Centre, also the Bullring and other world-class shopping and nearby to the “Thinktank” discovery museum.

Bordesley Serving the Bordesley, Digbeth and Camp Hill areas. Minimal station facilities. Trains call when Birmingham City Football Club is playing at home.

Small Heath Serving the multicultural suburbs of Small Heath and a little further away, Sparkbrook which is home of the famous “Balti Triangle” and Ackers Trust.

Tyseley Station used by commuters and workers at various industrial and commercial units. Attractions – Open Days at Tyseley Locomotive Works, the base for Vintage Trains that operate steam locomotive traction and charter trains.

Spring Road Serves the Fox Hollies and Tyseley residential areas, offering convenient, rapid direct public transport to the City Centre.

Hall Green Serving the residential suburb of Hall Green with Shopping, Millstream Way, Sarehole Mill and the Tolkein Museum nearby.

Yardley Wood Serving the Billesley, Warstock, Yardley Wood areas and parts of Hall Green, offering convenient andrapid direct public transport to the City Centre. Trittiford Mill Pool, now a park, Millstream Way, the River Cole and Chinn Brook are all nearby.

Shirley Serving a residential area of Solihull on the edge of the Warwickshire countryside. The Stratford upon Avon Canal is nearby with Shirley Aqueduct and Drawbridge.

Whitlocks End Serving rural Majors Green, Trueman’s Heath, Tidbury Green and Dickens Heath. This station has a large car park, which tends to fill up very quickly. Two trains an hour terminate here and return to Birmingham from platform 2. The third hourly train from Stratford departs from platform 1. Tidbury Green Golf Club is nearby with a restaurant open to non members.

Wythall Serving rural communities Tidbury Green, Wythall and Hollywood. The Transport Museum is situated at Wythall with a collection of vintage midlands buses, it is 1.4 miles from the railway station and is a 30 minute walk.

Earlswood Serving local rural communities at Earlswood, Tanners Green, Forshaw Heath & Fulford Heath. While the station has minimal facilities it is close to Clowes Woods, Earlswood Lakes and a number of country walks. There is a Garden Centre (with restaurant) adjacent to the station. (The Lakes station is closer to Earlswood Lakes)

The Lakes Built as a ‘fisherman’s halt’ also serving Terry’s Green. The platforms are quite short so passengers should travel in the leading coach. Minimal station facilities. The Lakes is a request stop but is ideal for angling or lakeside & woodland walks. Clowes Woods, Earlswood Lakes. (The Lakes is closer to the reservoirs than Earlswood station).

Wood End The station serves a select residential area and many of the properties are set in wooded grounds. The entrance is along a passageway next to the house. The station has minimal facilities is a request stop and access to both platforms requires the use of steps.

Danzey The station serves the picturesque village of Tanworth in Arden and surrounding area. The village centre of Tanworth in Arden is 1 mile. The station facilities are minimal and Danzey is a request stop. Local attractions include a highly rated (Michelin Guide) fine food eatery at the Bell Inn, The Green, Tanworth in Arden, The village was used for filming the outside scenes in the TV soap opera ‘Crossroads’. British Grand Prix Motorcycle road racer champion Mike Hailwood MBE is buried in the Churchyard of St Mary Magdalene at Tanworth in Arden.

Henley in Arden Serves the parishes of Henley in Arden & Beaudesert which are residential commuter villages in a rural setting. The station currently has minimal facilities. The town centre has a number of timber-framed buildings and is home of the famous Henley Ice Cream. The steam operated Shakespeare Express also calls at Henley in Arden when it is running.

Wootton Wawen Serves the parishes of Wootton Wawen and Pathlow which comprise which is the residential area to the south of Henley in Arden, a station with minimal facilities but which has ramp access to both platforms. The parish church of St Peter is noted for having the most pronounced Anglo-Saxon work in county and is the oldest church in Warwickshire.

Wilmcote A small village some just north of Stratford upon Avon and is also served by the Stratford upon Avon Canal which runs close to the railway. Wilmcote also boasts Mary Arden’s House which is part of the Shakespeare Countryside Museum. The railway station has minimal facilities with ramp access to northbound train services to Birmingham/Leamington Spa and London. Train services to Stratford upon Avon Parkway and Stratford upon Avon require passengers to ascend the stairs via a footbridge.

Stratford upon Avon Parkway Serves Bishopton and northern Stratford-upon-Avon and is adjacent to the Stratford Park & Ride facility. The station is easy to reach by road from the north and west as it located near A46/A3400 junction.

Stratford upon Avon The Birthplace of William Shakespeare, the town has a number of Shakespeare properties that can be visited, a vibrant town centre with a diverse range of retail outlets with good independent stores and major UK chains. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre on the banks of the lovely River Avon at Waterside provides performances of the Bard’s famous plays while there is much to do nearby in the riverside Bancroft Gardens. The Holy Trinity Church, where William Shakespeare lies at rest, is nearby too. There are numerous eating establishments across the town centre that cater for all tastes.

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