travelling on the gwsr IN 2023
Pre-booked e-tickets cut off at 08:30 on the day of travel - after which you may still travel, simply go to the station booking office where you wish to start your journey and purchase your tickets there.
- If you require printed tickets sent to your home, please allow 10 clear working days due to possible post delays.
- Please note the full range of our tickets including the tickets show below will be available to purchase on the day of travel from our booking offices .
Travel over the FULL LINE
- The Day Rover - Full Line Return
- Allows boarding from any Station and unlimited travel on the day to let you to tailor your journeys around what you wish to see and do.
- Single Journeys
- Wish to spend the day in Broadway or Cheltenham and make your own way back?
- To help plan your journey please see the appropriate Timetable.
Northern & Southern LimitedLimited on time? - why not explore just half of the line?
- Travel up to 14 miles.
- Start your journey from Winchcombe, Broadway or Cheltenham Race Course.
- Refreshments available from our period Coffee Pot café.
- The Northern Limited Broadway to Winchcombe and return.
- The Southern Limited Cheltenham Race Course to Winchcombe and return.
Return Tickets - part journey
- Returns between Toddington & Broadway or Toddington & Cheltenham.
- For those people wishing to do a round trip from Toddington to Broadway or reverse; Toddington to Cheltenham or reverse, click the button below to purchase.
- If you are planning to get off and on again remember to keep an eye on our Timetable.
- Please remember to keep you tickets on with you at all times.
Forthcoming Special Events
- Easter Children's Activities. Join us for all the Easter festive fun at our Children's Easter Activities. They will be taking place on railway operating days from Tuesday 4th April through to Sunday 16th April.
- Cotswold Festival of Steam. Over 12 to 14 May. The theme will be Cheltenham & Gloucester Steam Days. Remember how travel used to be as we take a nostalgic look at the steam train services in the region.
If you are showing any of the symptoms below or have been in contact with a person with Covid-19 within the last 14 days, then please do not attempt to travel with us:
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of taste or smell
Contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us on 01242 621905 (Mon - Wed & Fri 08:30 - 16:30), 01242 621904 (Mon-Fri 08:30 - 16:30), 01242 621405 (Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00 and Sat 10:00 - 13:00) to move the tickets to a later date free of charge.
When there are large events being held at the Racecourse, car parking at Cheltenham will in the North Coach Park accessed from the A435 Evesham Road. Entrance will be via Gate P10 ///trips.laying.began (what3words) which is the gate furthest from Cheltenham. Exit via gate P9 ///large.lights.shells (what3words) , please note there is NO RIGHT-TURN from gate 8, please head over the bridge to the roundabout.
A map of Cheltenham race course car parks can be found HERE see specifically SQUARE A1 in the top left corner of the map.
See the 2023 calendar and timetables on our website.
A selection of our most popular tickets is available to purchase on-line, these and all other ticket options will be available from our booking offices on the day of travel. Please be aware the purchase of a ticket does not guarantee a seat.
Historically we have sent tickets by post. We will continue to do this if you require a hard copy ticket, but you will need to allow 7 days to ensure safe arrival. In this case we will add a £1 handling charge to the price.
You will however be able to book on-line (up to 08:30 on the day of travel) and print the tickets at home or shown us on your mobile device if you prefer not to print it out. As with a physical or printed ticket it must be shown upon request. Please note, it MUST be the E-TICKET itself shown to our staff and not the email which provides the link to it.
You can view our running dates and timetables here.
Hayles Abbey Halt will only be served by diesel railcar services.
Tickets will be available to purchase, on the day of travel, from our booking offices at Cheltenham Racecourse, Winchcombe, Toddington or Broadway. Please be aware the purchase of a ticket does not guarantee a seat.
We will be running seven-carriage trains, the majority of which will be open carriages which will include limited accessible areas, and catering facilities. There are no allocated seats, though certain areas may be marked off as reserved for Group Bookings. We ask all visitors to respect any area marked as reserved.
We welcome our members, and shareholders, to the railway. You can use your valid Members' and Shareholders' Ticket Vouchers to purchase tickets, on the day of travel from the Booking Office.
All other valid vouchers will also be accepted at the booking offices these include: HRA passes, GWSR Gift Vouchers and VIP passenger Vouchers.
If you need to bring a carer or essential companion to accompany you as a visitor with disabilities, you can now book a carers ticket at the time of booking, free of charge.
Toilets will be available on the trains, but it is not possible to access them in a wheelchair. However, trains will stop at Toddington, Winchcombe, Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway where fully accessible toilets are available.
The GWSR is committed to making everyone's visit to the railway as enjoyable as possible. To this end all of our stations (with the exception of Gotherington and Hayles Abbey Halt which are accessible only on foot) have good access for passengers with disabilities. Although the platform at Cheltenham Racecourse is normally accessed via a long slope which some visitors might find difficult, we now have a flat accessible entrance from the car park available on request.
Our train staff will be happy to provide a ramp at our main stations to enable both wheelchair passengers and anyone who cannot climb the carriage steps to board the trains. Please be aware that the maximum width of wheelchair that can be accommodated on these ramps is 79cm / 2ft 7in).
Occasionally it is necessary for trains to use platforms that are normally accessed via a footbridge. If you have problems using a footbridge a member of the station staff will be more than happy to show you where you can cross the line via the barrow crossing at the end of the platform.
Our trains have carriages which have been specially adapted for wheelchair passengers and their helpers. The spaces in these adapted carriages are allocated on a first come, first served basis and so availability cannot be guaranteed.
We have accessible toilets at all stations (with the exception of Gotherington and Hayles Abbey) and there are dedicated parking spaces for the people with disabilities available at Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse stations. There are also a very small number of Blue Badge parking spaces at Broadway Station.
You can read our full Accessability Statement here.
There is no storage space at the stations and very limited storage space on the trains so, if possible, please carry young children onto the train and leave pushchairs and buggies in your car.
Up to two well-behaved dogs per party can travel for a flat-rate fare in standard class carriages and compartments (not First Class) but they are not allowed on the seats or tables, and not allowed on any dining trains or in buffet cars. Assistance dogs travel free of charge. Please note, there may be additional restrictions in place at certain of our special events - please see the Travelling with a Dog page on our website.
There are spaces on our trains suitable for carrying bicycles. However, the available room is limited and often has to accommodate other items such as wheelchairs, pushchairs and mobility scooters. It is available on a first come, first served basis at the discretion of the train guard, and we cannot guarantee availability on every train. Up to 3 bikes maximum can be carried on a train at any one time, subject to priority for the available space always being given to wheelchair users. Such items must not block corridors, entrance vestibules or doorways.
We are able to offer on-train catering subject to staff availability, so our famous bacon baps will be available on some trains along with light refreshments and hot and cold drinks.
Catering facilities are available at Cheltenham Racecourse, Winchcombe, and Broadway, selling light refreshments, hot and cold drinks, and ice-creams.
There is also a franchised café at Toddington.
Toilets will be open at each station and sanitiser will be available as you enter and leave each toilet block; all visitors are encouraged to use it and follow the guidelines regarding handwashing.
The shop at Toddington is open for customers to visit; it will open 20 min before the first train leaves and will close when the last train leaves Toddington. (Please be aware it will not be open when the last train arrives back to Toddington at the end of the day) If you are on the 15:00 please visit the shop before you start your trip to avoid disappointment.
All passengers are asked to remove all rubbish and any item of personal belongings that they may have brought with them. Bags can be obtained by asking the TTI or Guard if required.
You can view our running dates and timetables here.