Trains to Chippenham

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Chippenham is a large historic market town located in Wiltshire. It 20 miles east from Bristol, 86 miles west of London and 4 miles west of The Cotswolds. The town is surrounded by scarcely populated countryside and woodlands.

The first human settlements in the area, traced around River Avon, date back to the Roman times. Since then the town continued to grow favoured by the arrival of the Great Western Railway in 1841, engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Chippenham station was built with stone excavated from Box Tunnel, it is today a Grade II* listed building together with the nearby nine-arch viaduct, also built by Brunel in the same year. The opening of the railway line in town stimulated industrial investment, boosting employment opportunities in town. Thanks to its location, the town is a highly populated residential area and a major commuter town as it lies on the Great Western main train line between London and Bristol. Chippenham offers several buildings of historical interest, including the medieval Yelde Hall, the town's meeting place throughout the 15th century. The nearby National Trust-protected village of Lacock can be reached by a 15-minute bus ride from the station.

The station operates half-hour eastbound services to London Paddington as well as westbound services directed to Bristol, Bath, Devon, Taunton and south Wales.  While trains directed to Melksham, Trowbridge and Westbury operate every two hours along the TransWilts Line Chippenham station connects to the Wessex Main Line services via Melksham. Two weekday trains continue all the way through to Southampton Central and other two towards Cheltenham Spa.

Chippenham railway station is equipped with two entrances. The main one comes from Cocklebury Road and leads travellers to the ticket hall located next to a disused platform. A manned ticket office operates weekly from 05:30am until 8:00pm including Saturdays, while on Sundays opening hours are 7:00am to 8:00pm. On the disused platform travellers can benefit from bicycle storage, seating areas, toilets and a cafe. A covered bridge leads travellers to the two operating platforms. Platform 1 operates westbound trains directed to the West Country and South Wales, while Platform 2 is used for London trains. There are car parks to the front and the rear of the station. A bus stop is located on the station forecourt offering local services to travellers.

Come and visit the town’s principal historical landmarks, buy train tickets to Chippenham to visit the original Buttercross, a stone structure, erected in c. 1570 used for the sale of meat and dairy products, it can be found as the centre-piece of the pedestrianised area of the town centre, where a market is held each Friday and Saturday. Explore Yelde Hall, once used for meetings and trials by burgess and bailiff. It is one of the very few remaining medieval timber framed buildings in town. The town’s visitors can explore Lacock Abbey, William Henry Fox Talbot's country house and museum. Families should secure train tickets to Chippenham for a family fun day out. The town offers a wide array of activities suitable for all the family members, from visiting the educational Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre, to Visiting Bowood House, a Georgian house featuring over 100-acres of landscaped grounds, ideal for picnics and relaxing walks. It offers children an adventure playground, soft play and a petting farm. To the north of town, visitors can explore Bird’s Marsh, 24 hectares (59 acres) of woodland where they can admire wildlife whilst taking a relaxing stroll in the woods or surrounding countryside.