Travel Guide to Staines-upon-Thames

Welcome to the charming town of Staines-upon-Thames, affectionately known simply as "Staines." Nestled along the picturesque banks of the River Thames, this bustling market town boasts a vibrant high street and two thriving shopping centres. But Staines is more than just a shopping destination; it has a rich history and even a touch of pop culture fame, as it served as the hometown of the fictional film character Ali G during the late 20th century. Let's explore the myriad activities and attractions that make Staines a delightful place to visit, giving you a glimpse of what this town offers.


Hidden Gems/Attractions

Staines Markets

Famous for their markets, it would be a shame not to give them a visit. These fantastic high street markets offer a wide range of items to buy including handbags, clothing, records, jewellery, great street food and much more! The markets are on every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, so make sure to take time to explore.

Spelthorne Museum

If you are a history buff, then Spelthorne Museum is the place for you. The museum has a range of exhibits and displays, using many finds from local archaeological excavations, to tell the story of Spelthorne from the last Ice Age to modern times.

Two Rivers Shopping Centre

Looking for some retail therapy during your stay? Then going to Two Rivers shopping centre is a must visit. With over 50 shops and restaurants including Next, Pandora, TK Maxx and Marks & Spencer’s, you will have plenty of places to browse and to treat yourself.

Lammas Recreation Ground - Colne Valley Park

The Lammas marks the southernmost point of the Colne Valley, a huge 43 square mile regional park. This beautiful park has a mixture of woodland, farmland, and water, which allows for a variety of activities. The park is family friendly and, with its car park, café and toilets, is an ideal starting point for a number of local walks such as the Staines Moor circular walk. There is also some picturesque walks around the lakes and it really gives you a taste of the countryside.

Thorpe Park Resort

Are you a thrill seeker? If so, Thorpe Park is the place for you. With over 30 thrill rides and 8 rollercoasters to experience and enjoy, you will have an adrenaline-filled day. There is also a selection of restaurants and shops to grab a bite to eat and browse. The park is only a 10 min drive from Staines, so you will get a full day to explore!

Thorpe Park Staines


Places to Dine

Flamm Restaurant – traditional Mediterranean (mainly Turkish) cuisine in an elegant space.

Turtle Bay Staines – Delicious Caribbean-inspired food in the centre of Staines-upon-Thames.

Nostrano - Funky, low-key establishment offering creative eats, including vegan fare.

Sushi Nara – Quaint, warmly-lit eatery for sushi with creative toppings & cooked Japanese food plus sake.

The Bells - British classics rub shoulders with modern bistro dishes.

Staines - places to dine

Popular bars

London Stone – Casual pub and live-music featuring craft beers and ales

Slug & Lettuce - Smart bar chain with a cocktail list, a menu of global classics, and contemporary décor.

Last Hop - a great place to sit by the River Thames and has regular live music, comedy events and quizzes

The Wheatsheaf & Pigeon - Pub built in 1850 for families of eel fishermen, offering a seafood menu and real ales.

Popular Bars in Staines


Public Transport

There is various options to get around Staines via public transport. See the options below:

Staines Bus Station – 9 minute walk

Staines Train Station – 16 minute walk

Uber / Taxi


Our property – Staines Riverside

Are you planning a trip to Staines or staying there for business? Why not check out our newly opened serviced apartments?

Our Staines serviced apartments feature spacious and well-appointed interiors with contemporary décor. The open-plan living areas include a cosy lounge and dining space, perfect for relaxation. The well-equipped kitchens boast modern appliances, making meal preparation a breeze. Find out more.

Collage of Staines Serviced Apartments


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