train ticket dilemma

I have a question and I was wondering if anyone could please help me.

—- I will be arriving at Heathrow on July 17 at 8:30 AM and will need to get to Moreton-in-Marsh by public transportation as I do not have a car.

—-When I leave Moreton on July 20, I will be taking the train from Moreton-in-Marsh to Hereford at 10 AM. I have already bought this ticket through the “redspottedhanky” site. I was under the impression that since Moreton does not have a ticket machine, that I would be able to pick up the ticket from the ticket office at the train station. When I asked “redspottedhanky” how I should pick up my train ticket since Moreton-in-Marsh does not have a ticket machine, this was their response:

“In order to collect tickets purchased via the website you would have to collect them from a ticket machine within the station as you cannot collect from the ticketing office. If they do not have a ticket machine facility, then you cannot purchase tickets via the website unless you travel from an alternative station”.

It appears then, that I have to go to some other train station to get my ticket.
At some point, either the day I arrive, or while I am staying in Moreton, I would like to visit Blenheim Palace.

Considering the above information, how would you advise me as to how to arrive to Moreton-in-Marsh via public transportation?

Where to pick up the ticket(Oxford which I could do when visiting Blenheim)?

When to visit Blenheim–on my way to Moreton from Heathrow or on one of the days I am staying there?

Thank you so much for your help!

mantaraya 11/06/13    England Link Report

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You can take the train from Heathrow to Paddington, then Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh. It says on redspottedhanky.com (admittedly with a bit of laborious digging) that ‘Your reference provided on the booking confirmation email and booking credit card allows you to collect your tickets from Self service ticket machines at principal stations.’ So you should be able to collect your Moreton to Hereford tickets at Paddington.

If you’re in that neck of the woods, you may as well visit Oxford, so could take the train from Moreton to Oxford, then bus to Blenheim. Otherwise check at tourist information at Moreton who’ll advise if there’s a viable bus route all the way – I don’t think there is without undertaking an enormous performance.

Make sure you have plenty of time for Blenheim as there’s a lot to take in, especially if you get a nice day (good luck!) and have the chance to explore the really glorious gardens.

Clare Currie 12/06/13    Link Report

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