On this page, you will find information about travelling to Worth. Be mindful that London is a huge metropolis with around 8.6 million inhabitants. It can be extremely busy, especially at peak times (around 0700-1000 & 1630-1930). Public transport can get very crowded so leave plenty of time (and carry some water). Remember to look after your possessions and luggage to avoid theft or loss.
Prices and timings given here are indicative and to help you plan your journey; we cannot guarantee them. Make your own enquiries and check with the individual rail companies (the UK has a private & not a public railway). If you book more than 2 weeks in advance you may be able to get pre-booked tickets online which are cheaper. You then collect tickets from automated ticket machines at stations with the booking reference number you are given and the bank card you used to purchase. Sometimes you have an option to receive an e-ticket or you can download an App on your smartphone to store the ticket.
Train ticket types
Make sure that you either purchase a flexible ticket (in case of flight delays or connection problems which sometimes happen). Or if you buy a ticket fixed to specific departure times be sure to allow plenty of time to make your connection or you may have to buy another ticket. When/if booking a return ticket make sure that you buy one that allows return on a later day because some return tickets in the UK are only valid for a return journey on a single day; you could waste money and have to buy a further return ticket…
Websites are given for each transport company in the relevant sections. You can also check National Rail (www.nationalrail.co.uk) for train times and status.
The nearest station to Worth School & Abbey is called Three Bridges.
International Arrivals (By Air and by Eurostar)
The quickest and easiest arrival by air is to London Gatwick (LGW) which is very close to Worth and has flights on national airlines as well as budget airlines. There are many budget airline flights to London Luton (LTN) and to London Stansted (STN). (Of the four airports, unfortunately Stansted has the most difficult access to Worth). If you will be arriving from further overseas or are flying with a national carrier your flight to London might land at London Heathrow (LHR). This is the largest airport in the UK with five terminals over a large area.
Worth School and Abbey school is situated in beautiful countryside and you will need to take a taxi from Three Bridges station (or if you will arrive at Gatwick, a taxi from the airport).
Gatwick to Worth
The simplest means of transport from this airport is to take a taxi. (It is possible to take a train to Three Bridges & then a taxi from there but the benefit/cost saving of doing is outweighed by the simplicity of a single taxi journey). You can arrange one with Barkers Taxis (details are below). You could also take a taxi from ranks at the airport but it may be more expensive.
Luton to Worth
There are direct trains on Thameslink from Luton Airport Parkway to Three Bridges station near to Worth (they cross through the heart of London and over the Thames). Take the airport shuttle bus from the airport to Luton Airport Parkway station. (Useful tip: it is possible to buy your Thameslink tickets at the airport from machines which may save you time). An Off-Peak Return ticket is £35.20 but if you book ahead you may be able to make a saving (www.thameslinkrailway.com). At the station take a taxi from the Barkers office (details below).
Stansted to Worth
You can take either the train or a coach to central London. From there you will take a train to Three Bridges station near Worth. The choice is yours and we explain the options more here.
There are fast trains from the airport to London Liverpool Street (some are run by www.stanstedexpress.com). You then need to take London Underground (the ‘Tube’) (see www.tfl.gov.uk) from Liverpool Street Station using the Circle or Metropolitan line to arrive at Farringdon (this is the easiest and preferable connection – a simple platform change). From Farringdon you then take a Thameslink train onwards to Three Bridges. An Off-Peak return on the dates of the convention is £48.60 (check on www.nationalrail.co.uk)
A popular, easy and cheap alternative is to take a Stansted City Link direct coach service (from as little as £5.00 each way if booked in advance) to London Kings Cross / St Pancras. These are express services with no intermediate stops. See www.stanstedcitylink.co.uk. After getting off the coach, you can then take the Thameslink train from St Pancras International to Three Bridges. The entrance to the Thameslink line is at the rear of the station close to the large electronic departure boards and clock. An Off-Peak return on the dates of the convention is £26.10 (check on www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thameslinkrailway.com).
Whichever way you chose to get from Stansted to Three Bridges station you should then take a taxi from Barkers taxi office at the station to Worth School & Abbey (see below).
London Heathrow (LHR)
The simplest way to get to Worth would be to take a transfer coach around the infamous London Orbital motorway M25 to London Gatwick. These are the two largest airports in the UK with people making flight interchanges and so frequent and numerous coaches make this journey all day. We suggest that you use National Express (www.nationalexpress.com). It seems that if you chose well you might get a seat for between £12 to £20 each way dependent on which service you chose. Once you arrive at Gatwick take a taxi to Worth which you can arrange with Barkers (see below).
Eurostar into St Pancras International from Paris and Brussels
If you arrive by Eurostar you have a very simple transfer to the Thameslink platform within St Pancras station where you take a Thameslink train to Three Bridges. The entrance to the Thameslink line is at the rear of the station close to the large electronic departure boards and clock. An Off-Peak return on the dates of the convention is £26.10 (check on www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thameslinkrailway.com).
Barkers Taxis (Telephone +44 (0)1293 527171)
This company have an office on the right hand side as you exit the station. Call ahead and reserve. You should ask for the Worth School preferential rate when booking and say that you are attending a Convention at the School. A taxi from the station to Worth School & Abbey is around £12-13.