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Oxford to Kew Gardens

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Oxford to Kew Gardens

We are hoping to travel from Oxford to Kew Gardens with three young children (including two 2yo) via train, but there seems to be no direct route. What would be the best way to get there and back via train with the limited mobility of little ones? Or would we be better off hiring a car for the day? Thank you for any advice you can give.

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1. Re: Oxford to Kew Gardens

Trains essentially run into and then out of London, so that journey has 2 or 3 (or even at times 4) changes even if trying to avoid London.

Renting a car has the added complication though of child seats https://www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules renting a car will be simplest as long as the hire company can address the child seat issue - the train will probably be cheaper but more difficult

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2. Re: Oxford to Kew Gardens

It is easily done with just 2 simple changes without going in to central London - Oxford to Reading, Reading to Richmond, Richmond to Kew Gardens (one stop).

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3. Re: Oxford to Kew Gardens

Use the train! Oxford is no fun by car and nor is parking near Kew.

Becasse's route in post 2 will get you there easily and without stress.

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4. Re: Oxford to Kew Gardens

Either go Oxford - Reading, Reading - Richmond and Richmond - Kew Gardens by rail as suggested above, or get a direct train to from Oxford to Ealing Broadway and from outside Ealing Broadway station get bus 65 which stops outside the entrance to Kew Gardens. (From Kew Gardens station it is a few minutes walk through suburban streets to get to the Gardens themselves).

Going to Ealing and getting the 65 will probably be faster and involves only one change. If the kids have never been on a double-decker bus before they may find the bus ride interesting in itself. You cross the River Thames over Kew Bridge on the way. Route 65 busses run every 5 - 10 minutes so just wait at the stop when you want one. The 65 starts from Ealing so you cannot go in the wrong direction. It goes to Kingston and will show '65 Kingston' on the front. Like all London busses they do not take cash - adults will need a Oyster card or a contactless debit or credit card, children under 10 travel free.

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5. Re: Oxford to Kew Gardens

I think the Ealing route would be quicker but the train will be easier with the kids.

The Reading change will involve a walk and over stairs but Richmond will be easy just a same level platform change.

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