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  • The iconic Staines Town Hall dates from the 19th century

Staines-upon-Thames City Guide

Staines History

Staines-upon-Thames, as the name suggests, is a small town located about 20 miles to the west of London on the River Thames.  It's an historic spot due to it's location on the route to Windsor Castle and there has been a crossing over the Thames dating back to Roman times.  The town was also the assembly point for the Barons coming to meet King John to sign the Magna Carta at nearby Runnymede in 1215.   The one, two and three bedroom serviced apartments at Wraysbury Hall at Hythe End are perfectly located, down by the River, to explore the history of the area. 

Staines Today

These days, although Staines-upon-Thames has lost some of it's royal sparkle, the town is well placed for London commuters and people working in the busy Thames Valleyindustrial area. The town's proximity to London and Heathrow has attracted a number of companies to the area including Bupa, Siemens and Samsung.  

Staines Today

Staines is a great town for families as the compact town centre with it's pedestrianised high street has a great selection of high street shops and a Vue cinema complex in the Two River's complex where you can keep up to date with all the latest blockbusters! Thames Edge Serviced Apartments are a perfect base to access the town centre and offer one, two and three bedroom serviced apartments. There are also plenty of green spaces around and plenty of watersports available on the river and also the nearby lakes surrounding the town. 

 

Staines Transport Tips

  • By plane

    The nearest major airport is London Heathrow Airport (LHR / EGLL). This airport has international and domestic flights from London, United Kingdom and is 9 miles from the center of Staines, United Kingdom. Another major airport is London Luton Airport , which has international and domestic flights from London, United Kingdom and is 38 miles from Staines, United Kingdom.

  • By train

    From Staines train station you can easily get into London Waterloo within half an hour, so the location is great if you need to work in the city but maybe not live in the busy area as well.
  • By car

    If you are travelling to staines by car and need to leave your vehicle during your visit have a look at Parkopedia where the best way to park would be.
  • By bike

    For cycling routes in Staines check MapMyRide for where to pedal off to!
  • By bus

    For bus services in Staines check times and routes on Abellio to find a bus that suits your end destination.

What to do in Staines-upon-Thames

Listed below are some of the great places to visit in Staines-upon-Thames. Click one to find out more.

Thames Path

Join the path at Thames Bridge (not forgetting to check out the lovely views) and stroll west towards Windsor for a chance to go back in time...  The path will take you past Runnymede and near the Magna Carta Island. It was near here in 1215 that King John signed the Magna Carta, a document that limited the power of the monarch and gave legal rights to all. This document also forms the basis of the American Declaration of Independence, and so it's a site of particularly interest to Americans. Near here is is an acre of land American land here, on which stands the John F Kennedy memorial, which was given to the Americans in memory of the President's role in civil rights.  If you carry on through the pretty villages of Wraysbury and Datchet you'll eventually reach Windsor and pass the Home Park, the playing fields of Eton College, which can be seen in the distance.  

For more information visit: www.nationaltrail.co.uk/thames-path

Sailing Clubs

If you look on a map of Staines-upon-Thames you'll quickly realise why there are so many watersport opportunities around.  Not only does the River Thames run through the heart of the town and define it by it's name, but also the lakes surrounding the town and local area make it an ideal spot to mess around on the water! 

We've picked 3 of the nearest sailing clubs but there are many more to choose from...

Staines Sailing Club - for more information: www.stainessc.org.uk

Silver Wings Sailing Club - ror more information: www.silverwingsailingclub.co.uk

Queen Mary Sailing Club - for more information: www.queenmary.org.uk

Runnymede Meadow

Runnymede's diverse natural landscapes provide a backdrop for its unique history. The ancient ‘meeting meadow' witnessed King John's sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215. This charter has informed democratic constitutions around the world to this day - including the US Declaration of Independance. 

This fine river landscape, together with the magnificent views from Cooper's Hill and the various memorials at Runnymede, helps us consider important moments in our history and their meaning today. Our beautiful countryside provides the perfect setting in which to remember and reflect, or enjoy as the mood takes you.

Just across the river, you can escape from the traffic, noise and crowds at Ankerwycke - where you'll find the ruins of the Benedictine priory and a 2.500-year-old Yew tree. It's a bit off the beaten track and there's no grand car park - but if you're happy to forgo these amenities, you'll discover a hidden gem.

For more information: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/runnymede

Thorpe Park

Advertised as the UK nations THRILL capital Thorpe Park is well worth a visit.  The theme park is located on an 'island' in Chertsey, near Staines, and offers a great day out no matter what the British weather throws at you. 

It's well laid out and has rides for all the family from the mild mannered Mr. Monkey's Banana Ride through to the adrenalin junkies favourites - Colossus, Nemesis Inferno and SAW - The Ride.  There's also a water park and rides which are very popular on the odd sunny day in the UK!

The Route 950 provides a frequent, fast shuttle between Staines town centre and Thorpe Park if you're using public transport. 

For more information: www.thorpepark.com

Denbies Wine Estate

A little further afield (approx 15 miles from Staines), but well worth the effort, is the Denbies Wine Estate.  The estate's vineyard was planted in 1986, and since then they have become one of the largest wine producers in the UK.  Located in the beautiful Surrey Hills it's well worth a visit and do take advantage of the surrounding areas, including 7 miles of public footpath which trail throughout the vineyard.

For more information visit: www.denbies.co.uk

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