Rail and bus operators to launch new service to save money on entry to World Heritage Site
Great Western Railway has teamed up with Blenheim Palace and two local bus companies to offer travel and reduced cost entry to the World Heritage site in a single transaction from tomorrow, Friday 10 March.
Ticket holders will be able to travel by train to Oxford station and use either the 500 or S3 bus service to Blenheim palace on the same ticket, while also saving as much as a fifth on the price of travel and entry to Blenheim Park and Gardens.
Those wishing to travel from Oxford itself can buy a bus ticket and entry to the palace from GWR (at ticket offices only) for £21.95 per person, saving £7.75.
Those travelling from further afield can purchase the rail element, connecting bus service and entry to Sir Winston Churchill’s former home in one transaction.
Off-Peak day return tickets are available across the GWR network to Oxford. Visit the World Heritage site from:
Reading from just £32.50
Worcester Foregate Street from just £40.50
Bristol Temple Meads from just £44.50
Swindon from just £32.50
GWR’s Head of Sales and New Business David Gardner said:
“GWR recognises the vital role that rail plays in the national and local economy; and is lucky enough to serve some of the most iconic UK destinations; allowing customers to visit great places.
“This new ticket, offering reduced cost entry to one of only a few World Heritage Sites, shows just how quick and easy it can be to take advantage of what’s on our doorstep and enjoy a great day out.”
Blenheim Palace Head of Sales and Marketing Stephanie Hendley said:
“We are delighted to be able to work with Great Western Railway once again, and our connecting bus companies, to encourage the use of public transport and enable people to enjoy a visit to Blenheim Palace and experience all that Britain’s Greatest Palace has to offer.”
Buses are available every 30 minutes from Oxford Railway Station and take approximately 40 minutes.
Phil Southall, Managing Director of Oxford Bus Company said:
“Blenheim Palace is one of Britain’s premier tourist attractions, with a year-round calendar of events for all the family to enjoy. We’re delighted to support this new initiative, which will provide seamless connections for GWR customers and allow them to arrive at the Palace in style on our high-spec new Park & Ride fleet – while saving money at the same time.”
Martin Sutton, Managing Director for Stagecoach in Oxfordshire said:
“Stagecoach has been taking people to Blenheim Palace on our Gold S3 services for many years. We welcome this new offer and are delighted to work with Great Western Railway to provide a first class comprehensive service to such a historic and popular destination."
Tickets are available from GWR ticket offices.
Notes to editors
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