Just 5 miles from Heathrow Airport, and with easy access to Twickenham, Richmond and London Waterloo, Staines Upon Thames is a popular commuter location. The M3 and M25 motorways are also within easy reach. Another great way to get around is to take a river boat trip, where visitors can be connected with Windsor and Hampton Court.
The Thames Path offers a relaxing stroll or cycle along the riverside, and can take you to Runnymead, where the Magna Carta was signed, and out to Windsor. The riverside is lined with cafes, pubs and restaurants, including the popular Slug and Lettuce, serving breakfast to dinner and classic cocktails.
Staines is full of attractive green spaces like the Memorial Gardens and Laleham Park. A simple park along the riverside, families can be found in Laleham Park feeding the ducks, swans and geese that swim up the river to greet them. Lammas Recreation ground also offers a crazy golf course, skate park, adventure playground and modern splash park.
For something to get the blood pumping, Thorpe Park is close by, with a direct shuttle bus available from the railway station. A Merlin Entertainments resort, Thorpe Park is a thrilling day out for all the family with nail biting rollercoasters to water rides and family friendly fairground classics.
The family fun continues back in Staines town centre with a multiplex cinema, and fast food outlets like Pizza Hut and Macdonalds. Two shopping centres vie for your attention presenting a mix of small independent stores and well known high street brands. Two Rivers and Elmsleigh Shopping Centres both have a great variety of shops and dining options.