Coaches criss-crossed the entire country. They travelled North, South, East and West. Many routes began and ended in London but others connected provincial towns - Norwich to Birmingham, for example. To give you an idea how many coaches there were on the roads of England in the mid 1800s, these are the towns you could travel to from coaching inns in London.
Often, you would travel to one town and change to another coach for the next leg of your journey - just as we do today. The only difference is that, at stage coach speeds, you might well choose to make overnight stops on the way, whilst we generally expect to make even the longest journeys within a day.
There are 279 towns on this list. To see which London Inn you would start from for each town, check out the page entitled “Some Famous London Inns”. The scene would have looked like this:
Aberdeen, Aberystwyth, Aldborough, Andover, Anglesey, Arbroath, Arundel, Ashby de la Zouch, Ashford, Axminster, Aylesbury, Banbury, Bangor, Barking, Barnet, Barnsley, Barton Mills, Basingstoke, Bath, Battle, Berkhamstead, Birmingham, Bishop Auckland, Bishops Stortford, Blackburn, Bradford, Braintree, Brentwood, Brighton, Bristol, Bromley, Burnley, Burton-on-Trent, Bury, Bury St Edmunds, Camelford, Canterbury, Cardiff, Carlisle, Carnavon, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Cheshunt, Chester, Chesterfield, Chichester, Chigwell, Chippenham, Colchester, Colne, Coventry, Cowes, Cromer, Croydon, Dagenham, Darlington, Darlington, Dartford, Dartmouth, Daventry, Devonport, Douglas, Dover, Downham, Dublin, Dudley, Dunstable, Durham, East Ham, Eastbourne, Edgware, Edinburgh, Edmonton, Egham, Ely, Epping, Epsom, Esher, Eton, Exeter, Fakenham, Falkirk, Falmouth, Fishguard, Folkstone, Forfar, Froom, Fulham, Glasgow, Gloucester, Gosport, Gravesend, Grays, Greenwich, Grimsby, Guildford, Halifax, Hampstead, Harlow,, Harrogate, Harrowon on the Hill, Hartlepool, Harwich, Hastings, Havant, Hemel Hempstead, Henley, Hereford, Hertford, Holmes Chapel, Holyhead, Hornchurch, Hounslow, Huddersfield, Hull, Huntingdon, Ilford, Inverness, Ipswich, Kendall, Kew, Kidderminster, Kilmarnock, Kirby Lonsdale, Kirkaldy, Knaresborough, Knutsford, Lancaster, Leatherhead, Leeds, Leek, Leicester, Leighton Buzzard, Lewes, Lewisham, Lincoln, Litchfield, Liverpool, Lowestoft, Ludlow, Lynn, Macclesfield, Maidenhead, Maidstone, Malmsbury, Manchester, Margate, Marlborough, Melton Mowbray, Milford Haven, Minehead, Mitcham, Monmouth, Montrose, Nantwich, Newark, Newbury, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Newmarket, Newport Pagnall, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Oakham, Oldham, Oxford, Padstow, Paisley, Pembroke, Penzance, Perth, Peterborough, Peterhead, Petworth, Plaistow, Plymouth, Pontefract, Poole, Portsmouth, Potteries, Preston, Ramsgate, Rayleigh, Reading, Reigate, Rickmansworth, Ripon, Rochester, Romford, Rotherham, Rugby, Salisbury, Scarborough, Selkirk, Sevenoaks, Sheerness, Sheffield, Shepperton, Shepton Mallet, Sherborne, Shrewsbury, Sidmouth, Sittingbourne, Skipton, Sleaford, Southampton, Southend-on-Sea, St Albans, St Austell, Stamford, Stanstead, Stevenage, Stilton, Stirling, Stockport, Stockton on Tees, Stockton upon Tees, Stoke, Stokenchurch, Stourbridge, Stow on the Wold, Stranraer, Stratford upon Avon, Stratford,, Streatham, Stroud, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Swansea, Swindon, Tamworth, Taunton, Teignmouth (Devon), Tewkesbury, Thetford, Thirsk, Tipton, Tiverton, Tooting, Totnes, Tottenham, Towcester, Trowbridge, Truro, Tunbridge, Twickenham, Ulverstone, Upminster, Wakefield, Walsall, Waltham Abbey, Walthamstow, Walton on Thames, Ware, Warminster, Warrington, Warwick, Watford Wendover, Wells, Wells, Welwyn, Wentworth, Wetherby, Weymouth, Whitehaven, Wigan, Wimborne, Winchester, Windsor, Wisbech, Woburn, Wolverhampton, Woodbridge, Worcester, Worksop, Wrexham, Wrotham, Yarmouth, York.
Section 1 Menu
The Age of Coaching
Introducing a world of horse-drawn public transport
Beginning to End
How long did the Great Age of Coaching Last?
Coaches to All Parts
The world of coach travel - surprisingly familiar; just slower and wetter.
A list of destinations which is remarkably familiar to the modern day traveller.
What was it like to travel by coach on a winter’s day. Come on the first stage of a journey from London to Stamford.
Driving a Mail Coach
Mail coaches were the high speed elite. What was it like to drive them?
Two Short Videos
Although we have no films from the time, modern producers have imagined coach travel for us.
Comparing rail and coach travel in 1888!
Things didn’t always go smoothly and this amusing incident took place on the Great North Road.
A recollection of life in London before taxi cabs, policemen and even electricity.
The northern coaches all stopped here to pick up passengers. The scene was amazing.
One of the many hazards that could be encountered was flood water. This is near St Neots.
A description of the London termini from which coaches ran
A list of London coaching inns and where you could travel to from each.
Tales of the Road: This section tells what was it like to travel by stage coach in the mid 1800s.
Travel in England is inseparably connected to the state of our roads. This section looks at the history of British roads.
Wheeled transport evolved over many years. This section looks at how coaches developed.
Home Page of the Coaching Website.